Tested for Gérard : back in France for christmas after migrating (for tax avoidance reasons or not)
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Ok, we want to talk too about this tabloid news about Gérard Depardieu, the French actor flying to Belgium or Russia for tax avoidance. But the thing is when we came to France to spend the holiday seasons with our folks and friends, everyone (at least the media) was just talking about that EMIGRATING, thanks to this old Gérard Depardieu. So here is our experience Gérard, us too we’ve already emigrated, not in Belgium or Russia but India and we have some pieces of advice. First of all for christmas. Do we enjoy Christmas the same way when we land in France just 3 days before the celebrations. DID YOU THINK ABOUT IT GERARD??
Ok, we’re exaggerating, of course we’ve loved to be in France for 15 days during Christmas… but still, this time we felt slightly off the beat during our first two days there and same when we came back in India (how will you do you, Gérard when you’ll be telling belgian jokes that nobody understands during all the family dinners??).
Whatever, this little trip back helped us to realize that we’re pretty satisfied to live in a city where it’s sunny all year long (this Gérard, for you it’s just a dream, for you it’ll be grey and drizzling all the time) in a pretty positive and dynamic environment (here Gérard, let’s not talk about the Belgian economy and even less the Belgian politic).
But of course we miss our family and friends – we write this down because we know they’re reading 🙂 – (Gérard, living at the French border, that’s a problem you won’t have).
We also learnt that rushing for the French food wasn’t a good idea: it’s becoming then more and more difficult to enjoy at its true value “foi gras”, oysters and all the French delicatessen after the third day for stomachs used to the dosa and palak paneer… (Gérard, this is where is becoming really complicated for you when we both know your love with food… still maybe you could train your stomach with an extensive fries diet to be able to stand the 4th in a row Christmas dinner…).
Anyway, we start to find a good balance between those two worlds we’re living in and it strangely feels good to always be in between two dimensions (also to avoid those kind of discussions on Gérard at the cafeteria….)
We wish you a happy new year, we’re now back in Bangalore and active on this blog again!