Le cul entre les deux chaises

An American Spaniard in France or: How I Learned to Make an Ass of Myself in Three Cultures



Self & Dog→ → The name of this blog (“The Ass Between Two Chairs”) is a French expression referring to a person who straddles two worlds. Also, I have a big ass and generally make an ass of myself so it works on multiple levels. My screen name is a combination of this blog and the other one I write (Ma Vie En Rows) which is about watching movies and TV and books and stuff. ← ←

(Imagined) FAQ

True story: In Spain, they call these kinds of pages <<fahk>> which sounds like something totally different, especially if you’ve lived in New England for any period of time.

Who are you?

I’m the two-legged one in the picture above. I was born in a flyover state to Spanish parents. I speak English, castellano, français and una mica de català. I spent my summers on my grandparents’ remote farm in Spain and the rest of the year in Nowheresville, USA. I went to college in Boston because it was as far east as I could get without falling off the continent. After working in the news business in Washington, DC for a few years, I decided that maybe I did need to get off the continent, so I moved to Barcelona. After five years there, I decided to try France and here I am.

What’s this blog about then?

Um, it’s about me and my experiences being an expat / foreigner in different contexts and different countries. I was always made to feel like I didn’t belong where I was until I got to France. Here, people just seem to accept that I’m not French and they don’t care much beyond that.

What goes on around here?

I post five days a week about being an expat, food, things I learn. The usual stuff. On Wednesdays, I run a feature called Word Mystery where I investigate the same word in at least three languages and maybe we all walk away knowing something new. I really love learning things and movies and good stories and I incorporate all of that in my writing. If you’re really into the pop culture stuff, you can read my other blog that’s just about that and nothing about expat-ery here.

margeGeez, will you ever shut up about yourself?

You betcha! Things you won’t find out about me are my real name (you can call me Georges or Brain or le cul), the actual location of my birth, where my family comes from in Spain, where I’m currently living or any of the couple super-identifiable things about me.

Ok, I’ve made it this far. Now what?

You can start by reading some popular posts. Here’s the day I was Freshly Pressed. It was pretty cool. Here’s a recipe I came up with that people really went nuts for. I complain about Spanish people a lot, so I came up with a dedicated tag just for them. I’m still bullish on the French though, so I have a separate tag for the awesome ways they are the coolest. Also, I love getting packages of stuff and document that here too. (It’s usually more interesting than it sounds.)

This is all very specific. What if I just want to get a sense of whether I should follow you?

You can check out my Housekeeping posts where I briefly revisit older posts with updates or highlight comments made by readers. Additionally, I have a Links Day series where I post stuff that generally interests me but doesn’t necessarily fit into the regular parameters of this blog. Finally, you can go crazy and try a random post. Hopefully, it’ll be funny.

This is all too much!

Don’t want to leave a comment? I get that. Send me an email at leculenrows[at]gmail[dot]com.

22 thoughts on “About

  1. I really enjoy reading your blog, and find your writing style quite interesting. I nominated you to the Liebster Award, details are posted on my blog. =) Look forward your next post

  2. When you look for things you tend to miss them. Sit back and relax. You’ll find plenty! :)

    Thanks for following my blog. We seem to have a few things in common.

    Bon courage à Paris. Il te faut! ;)

  3. Le Cul Entre Les Deux Chaises,
    Le Clown

  4. So glad you translated the title for me.

    • I am here to amuse first and foremost, then to share what little knowledge I possess, so you’ll always find translations on the site unless something is *so* obvious that it’s not needed.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Love your blog!! I am another “world gypsy”, I have lived in 3 countries and two continents, and the best place in the world is an airplane when you are either going back home or returning back to your new home. I can so relate! I have subscribed!

  6. I haven’t heard that phrase in forever! Love it … and your blog. I’m a fellow expat (and also a recipient of “the email” from Cheri), so mega-congrats to you. All the Best, Terri

  7. fantastic blog title..i am blown away..

  8. Hi! I just came across your blog and am hooked. You’re a fabulous, hilarious writer.

  9. Thank you for always making me laugh! Just letting you know that I gave you a shout-out in my blogging awards post :) http://wiesagtman.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/be-lazy-blogger-reap-rewards-repeat/

    • WHAT IS THIS?! What a wonderful surprise! Thanks for the bump in traffic (though I sadly had nothing to offer newcomers as I’ve been in Internet purgatory since July). Here’s a secret: I hope to make you laugh every day. Not all the rest of the people who follow me, just you.

  10. Thanks so much for choosing to follow One Quality, the Finest. Your writing is so witty!

  11. Hi, I wanted to stop by and let you know that I’ve nominated you and your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award. To find out more about the award, just follow this link http://foodessen.com/2014/04/29/versatile-blogger-award/. This award is a way for bloggers to show appreciation to other bloggers. Congratulations!

    • This is too much for me to handle in the middle of a move! I’ll get back to this in May, but just wanted to say thanks! (PS. My mom reads your blog now too and likes it. She’s a real lurker, that one.)

      • You’re so welcome! Hope the move is not too stressful. Tell your mom thanks and I appreciate her reading. (PS I think my mom is a lurker too)

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