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Grenoble – an Indian’s view

Bhargav Prasanna Swaminathan in Grenoble

Bhargav Prasanna Swaminathan has come to Grenoble from India to do a Master’s in engineering. He shares his first impressions of life in the Captial of the Alps from an Indian perspective.

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‘La grossesse’ in Grenoble – part 2, “in full training”

An ultrasound scan. Photo: j.dopf

In the second part of a blog about her experience as an expecting mother in France, Grenoble Life’s Shonah Wraith describes her second trimester. Continue reading ‘La grossesse’ in Grenoble – part 2, “in full training”

Finally legal in France – the OFII experience

Les timbres!

US newcomer Maureen Walsh reports on obtaining long-stay and student visas through the Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration for a year in Grenoble. Continue reading Finally legal in France – the OFII experience

Never say never! An Aussie job-searching in Grenoble

Map of Grenoble. Photo: Ambrosiana Pictures (G)
Map of Grenoble - check!. Photo: Ambrosiana Pictures (G)

Shonah Kennedy – aka Miss Shonah – is an experienced and qualified ESL teacher from Australia. She has agreed to share with Grenoble Life the highs and lows of looking for work in Grenoble as a non-EU citizen. Continue reading Never say never! An Aussie job-searching in Grenoble

Getting your baby a carte d’identité the hard way

Cours Berriat in the old days. When it was very easy to get your baby's picture taken
Cours Berriat in the good ol' days, when it was very easy to get your baby's picture taken

For now my daughter is uniquely a French citizen. British citizenship – and hand-cramp inducing paperwork that involves – will have to come later, preferably with me excused from block capital inscribing duties, since it seems I have long forgotten how to use a pen. As my wife and I were planning to take our daughter to the UK for a holiday this summer (OK, it’s not so much a summer, but the notionally warmer period that sometimes takes place, probably for around two weeks, between July and August). we have set ourselves up for the administrative rigmarole of applying for her carte d’identité in a relative hurry. Easier than getting a passport, the bureaucratic requirements didn’t seem so exigent on paper, but necessitated the usual documentative suspects that have become a regular feature of my administrative life in France: both the mother’s and baby’s copie integrale de l’acte de naissance *; photos taken by officially designated photographer; and a recent bill as proof of address. Continue reading Getting your baby a carte d’identité the hard way