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The Holiday Season Abroad!

The holiday season can be a very challenging and emotional time for anyone who is away from their native homeland. Today, I’m gonna talk about ways you can make the most of this time of year while being abroad.

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Halloween and Thanksgiving already passed this year but we still have Christmas and New Years to get ready for.

For Halloween and Dia de los Muertos the best suggestion I have is to plan a party or outing with friends! Unfortunately I was sick so my night ended early but it was sure fun practicing painting “Catrina” faces with my partner this year. jose_pulido

The night of the actual party we had a Mexican meal and beers at home with friends while playing the “Cards Against Humanity” Spanish version. This is a good game to play for any holiday or party. If you don’t know what Cards Against Humanity is, check out this link: http://cardsagainsthumanity.com/

y para los hispanohablantes:  http://cartascontralahumanidad.com/

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Happy belated Thanksgiving! It was just yesterday and gee was I missing home! My sister should not have shown me the food they prepared over Skype! This year I had to work here in Paris so it was like any other day and so I did no actual celebrating the day of. What I did do however was plan a small lunch outing with some close friends (some of them being American) and at the end of the meal we all said what we were thankful for. My best friend was very sweet and gave everyone homemade sweet potatoe bread which was delicious.

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So if ever you are away at Thanksgiving time and are American, don’t forget that the main reason to celebrate is to remember what you are thankful for. You can do this anywhere in the world and there are always other expats out there willing and happy to get together to celebrate with you. If you don’t manage to find any expats then share your Thanksgiving traditions with your new foreign buddies! My partner isn’t American but was happy to learn about this special day for me.

Now for what’s coming up …

X-MAS

This will be the first Christmas that I won’t celebrate with some type of family so I’m gonna have to get kinda creative. I only get the day of Christmas off, so I can’t be planning any trips. I will stay here in Paris and probably celebrate it with just a few people in a similar situation. As my sister at home has told me that she is going to throw an ugly sweater party, I have decided I’d like to do the same. Have a small group of friends over in silly sweaters and have an abundant Christmas dinner. I can’t wait to start looking for my amazingly hideous sweater.

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I Googled ugly sweaters for some ideas and found this amazing website: http://uglysweaterstore.com/ So if your too lazy to go out looking for that perfect ugly sweater, go order one online.

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Unique Dining in Paris: Borgo delle Tovalgie

A must visit restaurant in ParisBorgo delle Tovalgie near Metro Oberkampf lines 5/9

In one month since it’s grand-opening, Borgo is leaving its customers enchanted! With its unique rustic decorations and fine Italian deli meats, and quant lighting Borgo leaves all passers-by tempted to enter. Those who dare enter, leave only to return. If you are still not curious just have a look at some of these pictures I’ve taken:

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So What is Borgo?

Well it’s not just a restaurant… it’s a home decor type store as well! And all the furniture you see is made by the Borgo Brand. And all the kitchenware and decor used by the restuarant is also available for purchase in the store. And the pleasant wood scent that you smell as you walk in the store is another one of Borgo’s fine products.

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Unique lamps made from old books

The store is huge! You wouldn’t guess it from the outside but you walk in and discover that it has several sections with different home themes. From bed linen and table clothes, to industructable plates, this store has everything you need to fill your home with top quality home goods. The custom fitted table clothes are a must buy because they are made with a special material which makes them super easy to wipe down, so don’t be afraid to get them wet.

Also, I forgot to mention … it also has an épicerie – small grocery store:

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So, what’s Borgo doing in Paris? 

Well it started as a small family business in Bologna, Italy. They started out as a tablecloth manufacturing firm in 1866  and slowly expanded their business to sell a variety of products. Now they are going international. Paris is their first store outside of Italy and next they plan to expand to New York. So watch out America here comes BORGO DELLE TOVAGLIE. If you want to more about Borgo check out their website: http://www.borgodelletovaglie.com/

One last thing: DO NOT FORGET DESSERT! 

My absolute favorite part of the Borgo experience is eating their delicious desserts made from the owner’s family recipes!

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Yummy pies and cakes!

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So whether you are just passing through Paris or live here, you should definitely check out Borgo!

Open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner and Monday through Saturday for lunch. Closed Sundays and major holidays

Please comment your Borgo experience or leave any questions you might have! Thank you!