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The dating life of an expat (Part I)

The dating topic is probably one of the most interesting ones when you are an expat. We all know that the realities of dating abroad are more difficult than they might seem,  and on top of that the COVID-19 situation does not help. So, if you are fully experiencing these right now, this article is for you!

In this first article we will talk about the 1st type: An expat moving abroad single and alone. This one is probably one of the most common cases!

To date or not to date, that’s the question!

You are having fun and you love your new adopted city, your friends, your work, and your lifestyle. But, at the same time, you see your friends back home getting engaged, moving together, having kids, while you just picture yourself at the bar with a bunch of friends sipping your 3rd Margarita. (ok that was before COVID but it works as well with your friends at home) 😉  You are now facing the loneliness feeling as you start wondering about your situation. And it’s a NORMAL feeling, don’t worry!

So you might start using some dating apps such as Bumble, Tinder, Hinge.. or by coming to our networking events Apéros Frenchies hoping to have a crush on someone! (Yes we know!)

And  it happens! Sometimes it comes fast, sometimes it takes time. But the struggle goes on when this person is from another country especially.. your crush doesn’t have the same “dating language”  as you… and  C’est la catastrophe

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Perhaps, we learn at school how to speak another foreign language but we don’t’ learn how to speak another foreign heart language!  And especially this lockdown situation pretty much everywhere, it doesn’t  make things easier, since restaurants and bars are closed!

How does it work? Do we have to meet for dinner or an ice cream? Do we have to play it fancy or cool? Should we invite them to our place?  

Bref, so many questions that nobody really knows how to answer but that we all ask ourselves before even trying out the relationship!  

  • After a few texts you will more or less understand  what your crush is feeling! She/He wants to meet you at her/his place but you don’t feel confident enough, just say it and offer him/her to grab a take away coffee downtown.

 

  • Another situation: you feel like inviting him/ her to your place and this other person sounds up for it. Parfait!  As a french person I would obviously advise to have some good wine in your cellar/fridge 😉  But also.. to prepare a casual nice dinner sans pretention. In case the date goes well!  For example,  try  HelloFresh :You pick in advance which menu you want to receive depending on what you like .. and they deliver  all the ingredients + recipe at your place! It’s perfect when you are in a rush or if there is a curfew! 😉  

 If you are freaking out to meet with this person alone, and you prefer to be in your comfort zone with friends, what about inviting this person for some drinks in a park with your friends, or do some hiking somewhere with them too?   Honestly possibilities are limited right now but there are still some! If it goes well,  you‘ll feel safer and better to meet in person the next time, plus you may get your friends’ approval  (which is not THE most important,  but still, it matters!)  If it goes wrong, it would be just a funny memory you’ll talk about with your friends in the future! 😉 

In conclusion, follow your instinct, go with the flow and don’t pretend to be someone you are not just because you’re afraid they don’t like you. One day they will figure it out anyway!  Good luck! 

5 Tips to Handle Those Expat Blues 

The expat blues are probably at the epicenter of peoples worries when moving abroad. However, at least in our opinion, this is still seen as a taboo that nobody really wants to bring up. As usual, Apéros Frenchies has your back!  today, I decided to share some top tips with you guys based on my experience regarding this incredible but also not easy journey of being an expat.  Hopefully these tips to handles those expat blues will help you to get through this difficult time!

 

We often move to a new country by ourselves and most often for a job opportunity. We say goodbye to our family, our friends and we jump into a new adventure not knowing exactly how long it will last. But keep in mind that this is an exciting feeling and that’s the reason why we are doing it after all, embrace the adventure and keep in mind that expat blues is part of the journey!

1 – Open your heart to a new relationship

Have you ever noticed that people are usually more open minded in your new adopted country than back home? The expat syndrome is contagious!

When we live abroad, we usually leave everyone behind and start a new life. We don’t have our family, our best mates or ex classmates to hang out with anymore. It’s hard to socialise and make real connections. So, if you don’t take this opportunity to open your heart to unknown people, you can possibly end up by yourself at home feeling this expat blues. (And this is probably not what you are looking for! 😉 

Why not go for some drinks with your colleagues afterwork and take this opportunity to build relationships. You can break the ice by asking some simple questions such as if they already lived abroad or moved to another city. It helps to break the ice and maybe you will find some common points to chat about. The main thing is that you put yourself out there and make an effort, trust me, you won’t regret it! Who knows, maybe you will meet your best mate or long-time partner in the process 🙂

2 – Try to socialise as much as possible

Yes, I know, it’s easy to say and especially during this lockdown time where we’d rather be tucked up and cosy at home.. but don’t be lazy, take this chance and remember that we always meet people for a reason!  Why not ask this easy-going friend to go for a walk / run or to grab a coffee outside and tell him/her to bring a friend or two?

Never underestimate this spontaneous catch up, because sometimes that is how you make the best – unexpected – connections!  By the way, we often say in French “Les amis de mes amis sont mes amis” (My friends’ friends are my friends). Get it? 

 

 

3 – Use social networks

I have seen many times in the different countries/cities I have livedin, people posting in expat groups asking to meet new friends. It takes courage to do it, but I am pretty sure that most of them met some cool people to hang out with or good friends, you have nothing to lose!

Don’t be ashamed to ask, there is absolutely no shame in this! we all went through it and most people would appreciate it because they are probably feeling the same way but are too afraid to take the initiative! 

Even though I personally don’t use Facebook that much anymore it is a great network to share these kind of experiences and to join expat groups in your new city (or just our Apéros Frenchies’ page 😉 )

 

4 –  Exercise the language part of your brain!

What’s worse than living in a country where we don’t speak the language? Living in our bubble doesn’t help much either when trying to integrate! Although some languages can be more attractive than others, you really have to force yourself to learn. Believe me, I’ve been living in Germany long enough without speaking German to understand the struggle. 😉 It took me almost 3 years to start pushing myself to learn. I personally used an online platform :  Babbel and I would recommend it to everyone. It’s easy, playful, and best of all, at your fingertips, online! It really helped me to warm to German and broke down lots of barriers to the language! ;’)

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5 – Organise small events at home

Due to the pandemic, the restrictions are different depending on the country you live in. However, if we cannot meet in restaurants or bars, generally you are still allowed to invite friends over (check the restrictions regarding your country).

I realized that despite this lack of social life/ crazy nights, we’ve been forced to focus on what’s real and it is important. Yes, Friday night fever is cool but what about a nice diner and good wine at home with great people? You can have some good chats, and even learn new things about your friends, such as musical ability!

For instance, it might be a nice idea to prepare a special dish from your country so that your friends can also try something new, this is the core of expat life and experience! Friends are always happy to discover new cultures! Also, don’t hesitate to check out our article  Apéro at Home – Plan the Perfect Apéro!  If, you are running out of time, we definitely advise you to have a look at this website!  HelloFresh delivers great recipes and fresh ingredients to your home each week!

 

 

Don’t worry, if cooking is not one of your best skills, you can still order food from your local restaurant  using the handy app and keep it easy! 

Anyway, use this opportunity to ask friends about their feelings and how they handle their expat blues. You’d be surprised when you ask this question that you won’t be the only one who has mixed feelings! 😉

 

6 – Zoom Apéro from Apéros Frenchies 

You probably know about us because you’ve been to our networking events, right? Or maybe someone told you to come! I will soon talk soon about the reasons that drove me to build Apéros Frenchies and organise those events. However, unfortunately, we cannot organise events right now but some of you asked us about some digital Apéros to connect all of you guys! 

We have already done it a few times and we had a lot of fun! Let us know it is something you would like to do again! 

 

BONUS Treat yourself! (One of my personal favourites)

Who said we couldn’t buy happiness? It’s true that happiness does not comprise of an online order, but it can contribute! (Raise your hand if you agree!) 

Have a look at it, find your perle rare, add it to your Christmas Wishlist and enjoy! 

Cosy Blancket with sleeves 

Bathtube shelf with sucker 

Foot massager 

By the way, maybe you already checked it out before, but we have also written an article about our favourite products to buy especially tailored to a busy expat lifestyle!  

Also, if like me, you crave delicious French chocolate, I can give you a tip, you can definitely buy a bit of happiness here! (That’s my personal secret but don’t shout it too loud!) 

That’s it for today guys! I hope I helped you a bit regarding your expat journey with these top tips to handle these expat blues. Please, don’t hesitate to comment on our Facebook post if you have other ideas to share or would like to find out more and don’t forget to follow our Instagram page too! 

Remember: You mum always told you “don’t talk to strangers!” ? BREAK THE RULES!

Unconventional Diner – Les Bains Confidentiels

Known as one of the hottest spots in town, Les Bains Paris just re-opened on September 17th with an unprecedented concept “Les Bains Confidentiels”:  becoming the confidential meeting point of partygoers in the City of Lights. Discover this place from a whole new perspective!

 

Parisian Night Owl? This place is probably no secret for you anymore, but due to the pandemic, Les Bains has been closed since March 2020. Known for its traditional baths or for the select club where famous DJs became residents, this place is the HQ for all those cravings an evening in town with good vibes, artisan cocktails in trendy venues..  We have some good news for our night owls, they just re opened their restaurant, Roxo, a few weeks ago with an unconventional diner format.

Birthday diner? Private event? Romantic evening? Les Bains & La Riposte Agency are rolling out the red carpet for their guests. Offering you a plethora of diner / cocktail options, all of which are original and intimate.

From the dining room, you can enjoy live music while savoring a delicious diner; word on the street is that they even booked some emerging artists from the French Pop scene.

 

But that’s not all, you can also spend your evening dining or savoring cocktails in some unique areas that have been unveiled especially for the occasion. Whether it’s in the iconic club, where so many stars have taken to the dance floor… in the legendary swimming pool…or in the hotel’s penthouse suite your evening will take an unprecedented twist.

For those who prefer a more intimate atmosphere, then, pick the Chinese Secret Salon. With a private chef cooking before your eyes, get ready to be blown away by French excellence. Oh la la.

Look no further for the unique diner experience you’ve been craving in Paris, France, we’ve got your back with this exclusive opportunity for unconventional diner!

Info & reservation here

From Thursday to Saturday 08:30 PM – 02:00AM.

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Menu Les Bains:  Starters – Main Course – Dessert  59€/ PP

Menu Grand Bains: Amuse-bouche – Starters – Main Course – Dessert – Delicacies 79€/ PP

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Our top spots for summer in Paris

Apéros Frenchies events are up and running in Paris, and we are very excited, to say the least! There’s still a few months of summer sunshine to go, so have a look at where we’ve been partying, and we hope to see you there next time. Whether you prefer courtyards, terraces, or even boat parties.. we’ve selected only the best for you. So here it is, our top summer spots in Paris!

Off En Seine

86 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France

We wouldn’t do summer without a boat party and we are glad to have Off en Seine on our list! The infinity pool and immense views over the river Seine gave this year’s boat party a special edge. Moored at the foot of Austerlitz station, Off en Seine is Paris’ first hotel and bar that is located directly on the water.
There was a DJ Set, awesome people, and special cocktails by Citadelle and Sense of Spirits, served just for you. What a great place to party!

Check out  the pictures on Instagram!

We will be back at Off en Seine soon! Stay tuned!

If you prefer to go solo, and enjoy a quiet atmosphere,   the restaurant offers some tapas & really good cocktails every day from 5:00 pm! 

 

 

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Flow le Roof

4 Port des Invalides, 75007 Paris, France

Who doesn’t love a rooftop party whilst the sun sets over Paris? This trendy location is the perfect place for our Apéros Frenchies’ events. Tell a friend to tell a friend, it’s going to be amazing, and we are looking forward to seeing you there next time!

Thought about trying a new cocktail? We’ve got your back, just check out this post: Our top refreshing cocktails for summer!

If you cannot make it for our Afterwork, have a look while it is still sunny and warm! Flow le Roof is open everyday from Monday to Friday (5:00pm – 02:00am) and Friday- Sunday (03:00pm- 02:00am). And Le Quai is open everyday (09:00am to 02:00 am). 

 

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Kube Hotel

1 Passage Ruelle, 75018 Paris

Fancy a city escape to the jungle? Just a few steps away from Canal St Martin, this 4 star hotel offers an enjoyable evening with new and old friends, whilst surrounded by nature’s greenery. If you weren’t able to join us, you can always stop by as it’s one of our top locations in Paris, and have a drink (or two?)

Kube

Keep an eye on our events page, and we’ll see you next time!