Monday, September 30, 2013

Why did I leave my home country?

Your (pudgy) author in Bermuda
(If you think the contrast is bad, you should
have seen it before I started fixing it)
Over on the Franco-American flophouse blogs, Victoria Ferauge explores ideas about why some people leave their home country. It's a beautiful read and I highly recommend it, but I must admit that my motivations are different from what is explored there.

Monday, September 23, 2013

"Innocent until proven guilty": The US versus France

Charges were later dropped.
Used under Fair Use.
There are some people who read this blog who may know the background of what is below. Please do not post any links to it. At all. This post is not about the people I'm referring to in an anonymous manner, it's about the difference between how the French and US legal systems deal with the accused.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Move Abroad by Working Remotely

The view from our bedroom in
our home in La Rochelle, France
Did you know that many countries allow you to live there even if you can't work there? I've hinted at this when I wrote about moving to Uruguay, but this is a more widespread thing than you would realize.

It works like this (with lots of hand-waving because different countries have wildly different laws): you have residence permits, and work permits. You usually get the former with the latter, but not necessarily the other way around. If you have a work history of working remotely and can show a decent income, many countries will allow you to apply for a residence permit.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

My Global Family

A few days ago I was in London on business. To my surprise, I appear to have taken far fewer photos than I realized, but that's probably a function of working hard and also spending time with my two surviving brothers in London.

This was my first flight out of the La Rochelle airport and while I knew the airport was tiny, I didn't think about the fact that I was going to be flying on this:

The plane I flew on
If you fly frequently, you know what that means.