The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you to Chloe of My Life Living Abroad for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, an award passed along from one blogger to another. Chloe created the Bloggers in Paris Facebook group, which I am so grateful to have stumbled upon here in France. It’s full of incredibly creative and talented people who are all interested in sharing their Parisian experiences. Here are my answers to Chloe’s fun set of questions, along with the two blogs I nominate next.

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AMA: “Do you work fewer hours per day in France than you did in the US?”

I briefly mention this in my interview on Our Paris Stories; the hours per day turn out to be pretty similar, but the work day is shifted a few hours later given that I take calls with colleagues in the Seattle office at night (their morning time).

After my first year at Microsoft (where work used to completely = my life), I made a commitment to controlling my time and rarely brought work home. Now it’s a little bit harder (I once had to give a presentation to 200 people over Skype at 11PM my time), but it’s manageable as long as I set and communicate my boundaries (and still get everything done of course).

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AMA: “How would you spend 5 days in Paris?”

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I’m often asked, “Hey! I’m coming to Paris soon! What should I do?” If I don’t know the person really well, this is pretty tough to answer. One itinerary doesn’t fit all and there’s just so much to see in this city.

This is not necessarily my guide for a first-timer’s trip, but what’d I do if I ever moved away and were to visit Paris, say, 30 years from now. It is a list of my absolute favorite spots in this beautiful city.

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