12 Reasons To Live In Montpellier

I’ve been basing myself in Montpellier for 5 months now and have come to really love the city. I thought I’d share my top reasons for living here. Some exist perhaps because of my background, having come from London. In no particular order, here are some reasons to visit or to choose it as a […]

Why I Chose A Location-Independent Lifestyle

This post is as much for me as for anyone else. I wanted to summarise my motivations for seeing the world. I connect these with my motivations for being location-independent. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to see the world and I now realise that it is a part of me […]

Sète – a day trip in a beautiful setting

Sète is a coastal town popular with tourists, both French and foreign. I visited for the day from Montpellier. Taking the train it’s about a 20 minute journey. You can check out all the affordable ways of getting around the region in this previous post. The town of Sète itself is bordered on 2 sides by […]

What Everybody Ought To Know About Pézenas

It would be hard pick out a better little town to visit for the day from Montpellier (or anywhere within practical distance) than Pézenas. If you haven’t done so yet, check out my post on 3 super affordable ways to travel the Languedoc-Roussillon region (link opens in a new tab/window). Pézenas has all the characteristics that I love […]

When to use “Pour” before a verb in French

French prepositions are confusing One of the most confusing things about learning French (and probably many other languages) are prepositions. Many translate into English as to which doesn’t help us Anglophones who are learning French. Pour can appear to be one of those confusing prepositions. However I’ve found a rule to demystify pour. I recently discovered how to […]

How to “want” something in French

It was recently revealed to me that I use the literal “I want” in French too often. Not that it isn’t used, far from it, it’s used all the time. But I needed to be reminded of how and when to use it. Here are the top 3 ways of clearly expressing your desire for something. Bear in […]

Why you should learn to dive in Fiji

BULA! Welcome to Fiji, where everybody is on Fiji time :D. When I gained my SSI Open Water Diver (equivalent to the PADI of the same name) it was in Fiji, with the crew from Mantaray Island Resort (Nanuya Balavu Island). I had spent a year in Australia and upon looking at the prices to […]

Thoughts on Paris Terrorist Attacks + Seizing Opportunities

Friday 13th November 2015 will permanently be remembered for one of the most damaging and well-executed co-ordinated terrorist attacks in recent history. 4 almost simultaneous incidents in Paris claimed the lives of 129 people and severely injured many more. It shocked the city, and a nation that was still recovering from 2 attacks in January earlier […]

Perpignan & Collioure. Winter Warmth in November.

Perpignan It’s the beginning of November and I hopped on a 1€ train from Montpellier to Perpignan. 2 cities within the Languedoc-Roussillon region separated by an hour and half train journey. I wanted a new place to wander around, gather my thoughts, and take some photos in an effort to see as much as possible before winter […]

9 Everyday French words and phrases

If you’re learning a language then you want to be able to speak it. Here is a list of everyday French words and phrases that you’ll come across when talking to friends and people on and informal, friendly basis. Quoi de neuf? – What’s new? Easy enough. A friend you haven’t seen for a while might […]

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