→ → 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. ← ←
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.
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!
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