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expatriate:

v. ex·pa·tri·at·ed, ex·pa·tri·at·ing 
1. To send into exile. See Synonyms: banish.
2. To remove (oneself) from residence in one's native land.
v.intr.
1. To give up residence in one's homeland.
2. To renounce allegiance to one's homeland.

n. ex·pa·tri·ate
1. One who has taken up residence in a foreign country.
2. One who has renounced one's native land.
3. Or in Ella Coquine's case, one who meets the world's most insane and deranged people, gets tangled up in some major drama and somehow manages to stay in said foreign country.

Is it just me or does the official definition of expatriate sound like one big betrayal against one's homeland? I love the "renounce allegiance" and "See synonyms: banish" part. Coming to Paris, I hardly considered it a banishment from America, just a temporary leave of absence. I mean come on, most of us are still paying US taxes, are we not? It just goes to show that we're never too far from Uncle Sam.

Over time, I've gotten used to this word as the modern meaning is less exile and more relocating. That, I can handle so I take back the "shmexpat" remark. Apparently I've grown so used to this word to describe myself that I have recently been nominated for an Expat Blog Award

So, if you like what you read here on the ole Tales from the Chambre de Bonne, please feel free to leave a comment for me here. Thank you mille fois for those of you who already have. I actually teared up at some of your comments. I was truly touched. Thank you.

If not for me, then drop a note for any of the other talented and hard-working bloggers who are also participating in this fun contest hosted by the fantastic folks over at the Expats Blog

Bravo to everyone and good luck! 
I say we all deserve an expat on the back. Ah, I couldn't resist...

Also - for continued reading, check out my interview...
 

21 comments:

  1. That does sound serious! Good luck, looks like you're well in the running. I added my blog after reading your interview, but without actually realising it was a competition, just thought it was a directory!

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    1. Thanks Gwan so much for your comment on the site! I'm actually pushing for MK to win. If anyone deserves an expat award, it's her! She's been an expat for years! I'm only 3 years in...that's nothing compared to her experiences!

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  2. Holly cow! They've added more blogs since I was there days ago leaving a comment. Wow.
    There are many blogs I know and read, and many others I've no idea existed. The competition is fierce! LOL
    Even "Petite Anglaise" my very first blog about Paris is there, even though I think she hasn't posted since 2010!

    I hope your readers will take the time to go and leave a comment.

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    1. It's amazing just how many Paris/France blogs there are. Have you looked at the numbers of other countries? It's nothing in comparison to what we have going on here in France. I guess this is the official expat country. Ha, I feel so unoriginal!

      This is a fun and friendly competition. I'm excited to see who wins and just how the judges at expat blog decipher the winner. Every blog listed is fantastic! It's going to be tough for them.

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  3. That was a brilliant interview on Expats Blog! I am a huge, huge fan of your blog btw. I find it refreshing and honest. I know what you mean about the quiet & solitude - it was very much like that for me when I first moved to Paris. I have not (yet?) discussed it in my own blog but maybe one day I'll find courage like yours to talk about it. :)

    Best
    Milsters

    (www.littlepiecesoflight.com)

    PS Btw - I read this in the interview - did the tax office happen to be Stephen Horton's?

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    1. Whoa. Why yes, I filed at HTS for six months. How did you know? Are you a client? Did we meet?

      A note to everyone: I will reply to comments (as well as drop notes on my other favorite blogs!) this week. We're changing our internet and it's turning into a 3 week ordeal. We've been using the internet off of Seb's smart phone and it goes in and out, making responding and commenting a wee bit difficult. I lost so many responses because our connection cut out! Hopefully I'll be fully connected this week. Here's hoping at least...

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    2. Thank you Milsters for your sweet comment! I'm happy that you are enjoying the blog. : )

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  4. An "expat" on the back? Oh the pun!;))

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    1. He he he. I'm such a cornball. Girl can't help it. ; )

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  5. @Duchesse, Very clever pun, indeed!

    @Mlle Ella, Congratulations and good luck!

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    1. Thanks, MK - You too!!! To me, you're already the winner!!

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  6. great interview btw....good luck..you are a 5 star blogger for damn sure girlie.

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  7. shmexpat and expat on the back -- love it!

    I'm not an expat.. I felt like one my first year. What am I then?

    An immigrant.


    n. ex·pa·tri·ate
    1. One who is white or from an anglophone country who has taken up residence in a foreign country.
    2. One who is white or from an anglophone country who has renounced one's native land.

    Couldn't help myself. This topic came up in a UK forum recently and made me think...

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    1. Hahahaha. I used to call myself an immigrant - actually une clandestine! For some reason I got such a kick out of it.

      Is that a true definition of expat from another source? Someone who is white?? Geez.

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    2. Here's another one "economic migrant". Sounds nicer than immigrant.

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  8. Just read this comment L, and thought you'd get a kick outta' it:

    "are there any people who used to be called Patrick or Patricia living away from their home countries? I'd like to see a list of ex-Pat expats."

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    1. AHAHAHAHA So corny! LOVE IT!!

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    2. Great to 'bump into' your blog. Not so sure I agree with the 'proper' definition of expat either! ;) As a newbie in blog world I'm absolutely loving all the great stories out there. Also great to hear about Expats Blog through your post.
      Pop by and see me when you get a chance.
      Cheers, Nicole
      www.mintmochamusings.com

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    3. Yes L!!! I knew you'd love the corniness! It's so bad it's good! hehehe

      In case you're wondering where I've gotten these comments and ideas from, they are from this article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2012/nov/26/where-do-uk-expats-live

      The comment section is such a great read- especially for us xenophile shmexpats!

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  9. I'm late commenting but I did read recently....and as a so-called 'expat' it caused me to stop and think....that it's pretty much (relatively) well off people, and yes, white people, from countries like the U.S. and places like the U.K.o call themselves 'expats'. Because we are lucky enough to have a choice. Many people moving countries do so for economic reasons that even those of us who may feel poor have no true experience of.

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