Southern Fried French! October 25 2014

Everyone who has sold their stuff, picked up their bags, and moved to a foreign country knows that it is a monumental, life-changing, beaudacious experience.  Once you get over the newness and the jet-lag you realize that you have plucked yourself out of a world where you understand pretty much everything and dropped yourself into a world where you don’t understand hardly anything: not the language, not the culture, not even the food.  Even things that should be comfortingly familiar (milk, bread, coffee) are disconcertingly different. You eventually realize that you are playing a game where everyone except you knows the rules.  You are truly a stranger in a strange land.

In our experience people react to this situation in one of two ways: they either heartily embrace it or they heartily reject it.  Some people construct elaborate cultural bubbles of language, food and people from their homeland and live inside them for years.  Other people “go native”.  They learn the language, customs and culture.  They try the food.  They make new friends.  In short, they really live in the place where they are living.

Lynn McBride and her husband Ron are of the latter persuasion.  Over ten years ago they left their home in Charleston, SC and installed themselves in an apartment on the top floor of a tower in a gorgeous medieval château in a tiny hamlet deep in the countryside of southern Burgundy (yes, they went whole-hog).  They opened their hearts and minds and embraced the adventure of learning to live in France, and Lynn has captured the essence of that experience in her wonderful blog Southern Fried French ("A South Carolinian’s beau-dacious new life, Living and cooking in a medieval château"). 

In this blog you will find vivid, deeply personal, often touching descriptions of life in Burgundy written in a beautiful, accessible, colorful style that reflects the best elements of the Southeastern American spirit: elegance, gentility, straightforwardness, and a bit of self-deprecating fun.  You’ll also find unusually accurate descriptions of French culture and customs along with surprisingly authentic French recipes (virtually every post includes a little bit of both).  But, perhaps even more significantly, you’ll get a glimpse into the soul of a person who has left everything she knows behind and learned to live in a strange and wonderful new land, without ever forgetting who she is or where she came from.