Financial Independence: The Ultimate Goal?

Thomas drinking wine

Sometimes, I dream of being a desperate housewife. I mean, I’m already half way there: I work about 20 hours a week and spend the rest of the time working out and learning French. But I always thought truly being a housewife was beyond my reach. I would never spend my days reading Proust in French and … Continued

Staying Sane in the French Countryside: Gurus and Painting


The other day I was standing in our corridor, staring skywards and painting the ceiling, when the girlfriend’s grandmother stopped by. She was stunned by the paint job I had done on the radiator, and so I spent a good 10 minutes attempting to say that I used a special paintbrush for radiators. When she … Continued