Category Archives: Blogging

How to live: get a Thai massage

Photo By Tara Angkor Hotel via StockPholio.net I’ve always enjoyed a professional massage, since the first time a friend Rita, who had trained in Swedish massage, introduced me to them (rather than the friends give friends massages that I’d done … Continue reading

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How to live: take what you please (an introduction)

As anyone can see, my blog, andyville, has been taken over by dozens of reviews of restaurants and bars. I enjoy my food blogging, and I don’t see it stopping in the near future. But I’m going to aim to … Continue reading

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Drinking in Sydney: Coco Vodka

So, the question was: Would this tropical-inspired drink banish the feeling of Sydney winter? It’s been cold and wet here and what surprises people who move here is just how cold 10 degrees can feel when there’s no heating in … Continue reading

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Paris Diary: Back Vélibing

I’m happy to be back on my Vélib in Paris. Away for a year, I renewed my card by internet, and the first time back I tried it, it worked no problem. As before, I find the bikes in great … Continue reading

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Paris Diary: Les Fêtes Galantes

Les Fêtes Galantes is a tiny restaurant in the shadow of the Pantheon with an Egyptian chef named Bibi. It is also very very good. This evening, after my very first day back at work in Paris, I thought it … Continue reading

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The Sze Yap underachievers

I just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers and came across a passage that struck me. His theory is that the cultures that cultivated rice paddies, as compared to other crops such as wheat, learned that their success depended not on … Continue reading

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Do you vélib in life after love? My favourite pastime in Paris.

While getting lost, people-watching, and wandering are among my preferred activities in Paris, my singular favourite thing to do has been riding around on the amazing free bikes, the vélibs (vélo = bike and libre = free). It’s an amazing … Continue reading

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Christmas and New Year’s in Paris

I haven’t spent a full winter in a cold climate for 15 years. The weather is crisp and clear, and sometimes below freezing, but not particularly cold. Still, it took a long time to remember how to dress in layers … Continue reading

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Reading Hemingway in Paris

Today, I have been reading Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. He writes about his younger self in Paris, as a writer, living, without much money, on the Left Bank in Paris. I am a writer, just moved here to work … Continue reading

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My Dad’s Lawyer

At my mom’s 80th birthday, I ended up sitting next to my Dad’s old lawyer, let’s call him Uncle Kasra, an Indian-Canadian man of Farsi background with a beautiful wife and two dynamic daughters, who we saw from time to … Continue reading

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