In the meanwhile in Hanoi …

How I feel each time I get the email that work is yet again postponed ! We are all waiting for the Government to announce whether the schools will remain closed for a week or more. So far it’s all being manageable because the pollution was not too dramatic. I could take the kids for a bike ride 1h a day with the masks, in … Continue reading In the meanwhile in Hanoi …

Corona Virus: my current life in pictures

There’s not much left of Hanoi anymore. The usually busy streets are worringly quiet. People are all wearing masks and the cafes are desert. If you want to make money, sell hand sanitizers. They became the most sought item and all the pharmacies are “out of stock”. For the last 2 weeks, all planes from China are banned to enter the country. We are living … Continue reading Corona Virus: my current life in pictures

4 totally free and most efficient antidepressants of the season !

Endemic level of pollution, dirty white skies, food toxicity, noise, dreaful traffic .. Hanoi has its ways to raise our stress level, especially as a parent.. Best remedy would be to get a promotion to Hawaii or Switzerland. But very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. So here are a few cheaper – yet super efficient totally healthy … Continue reading 4 totally free and most efficient antidepressants of the season !

How do you say Greta in Vietnamese?

The new riches in town are selling air imported from Canada, Norway and Switzerland. You can buy your life saving kit on Facebook obviously and in almost every Embassy and International hospital. If only! The situation in Hanoi is getting worse by the week. This morning the AQI was on “dangereux” meaning “hazardous”. Everyone may experience serious health effect and we should all avoir being … Continue reading How do you say Greta in Vietnamese?

Our family is getting bigger !

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet with Linh, the beautiful new addition to our family! Our Vietnamese friend is 9 year old and we got officially introduced last Monday. We met at her school, in Hanoi, together with representatives from the French NGO Coup de Pouce and the head of her school. The precious kid was a bit shy, but also very proud to tell me about … Continue reading Our family is getting bigger !

Peace in practice (Hanoian version)

End of the year school celebrations, farewells, packing, planning, teaching, speeding, booking, organising  .. Sometimes when I have slightly too much on my plate, I am practicing mindfulness by wandering in town. Hanoi has all the answers for who is ready to listen. “Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be … Continue reading Peace in practice (Hanoian version)

Our first year in Hanoi: 3 tips for new expat families

It’s already been a year since our little family of 4 has settled in Hanoi. Yes, we are totally melting in summer, freezing in winter and we do wear the  usual anti pollution masks far too often. But we played it like Vietnamese scooter drivers. We connected to the energy of the vibrant city and kept on moving. There is so much to explore here, … Continue reading Our first year in Hanoi: 3 tips for new expat families

You know you’re in Hanoi (and you need to untangle)

Just by looking in your rearview mirror.. Sometimes the simplest snapshot makes me pause and wonder. My rearview is stuffed with tangled wires and like a Vietnamese on a scooter, I’d rather drive on the sideways than stopping for a split second. Restlessness is in my blood, I need to figure everything out asap, so I know where I am going next. As if being … Continue reading You know you’re in Hanoi (and you need to untangle)