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Last update: 2012-07-02

IMPORTANT MESSAGE! So long & thanks for all the fish!

2012-07-02 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Thanks for following us through so many marvellous adventures, it's been fun!

You can hear more from Katia in her latest endeavours on The France Project and follow her on twitter.
You can find Kyliemac on twitter!

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k&k episode 491 - the one where they learn how fish sauce is made... with the Fishes... and stuff...

2012-01-15 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 491 we are pleased to present the final episode we recorded with Mr & Mrs Fish! We talk about fish sauce, communicating, guide books, favourite and least favourite places, souvenirs, scary and unexpected experiences, good and bad food. We finish off by talking about what they've learned about themselves and their relationship, and whether it's lived up to their expectations.








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k&k episode 490 - the one where they wonder why movie titles are translated from English... to English... and stuff...

2012-01-07 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 490 we ask PH a question that has been on the lips of every anglophone who has ever seen a movie poster: why are English movie titles sometimes renamed into English? (instead of into French, which would be logical...!) He tells us all about the historical precedents for renaming things, we discuss what shows are popular here in France, then we get very distracted by swag.

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k&k episode 489 - the one where they wonder if it's ok to stray in France... and stuff...

2011-12-25 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 489 we chat with Frog about whether the French are natural seducers (and we give lots of examples), and we debate whether or not it's socially acceptable to have affairs in France.

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k&k episode 488 - the one where they wonder if ketchup should be banned... and stuff...

2011-12-18 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 488 we chat with Steve about the recent ban on ketchup in French schools. We debate the relationship France has to fast food and whether things have changed in recent years.

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k&k episode 487 - the one where they wonder whether the French like learning languages... and stuff...

2011-12-11 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 487 we chat with Frog about the subject of advertising on major monuments and whether the French have a propensity for language learning. We wonder whether the French consider learning languages as important and if this has changed over the years, and consider the impact the French style of teaching has on the ability or desire to learn.

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k&k episode 486 - the one where they travel vicariously to Cuba... and stuff...

2011-12-11 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 486 we have the inimitable Frog in the studio, who regales us with tales of his recent trip to Cuba. We learn about SO many things, including what the locals can and can't eat and how (not) to take a taxi.

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k&k episode 485 - the one where they talk about what's on French tv... and stuff...

2011-12-07 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 485 we continue chatting with PH, member of the comdey troupe, the Comité de la Claque, and we learn all about how a television show like theirs is produced in France, the process of writing and creating, what their influences are and what's on French tv!

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k&k episode 484 - the one where they talk about movie spoofs... in French... and stuff...

2011-12-04 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're thrilled to welcome PH, member of the comedy troupe Comité de la Claque, back to the studio in episode 484! He tells us all about what he's been up to lately, including appearing on national television for three straight months!

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k&k episode 483 - the one where they discuss stereotypical food experiences... and stuff...

2011-11-30 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 483 we discuss the need to taste stereotypical foods in different places around the world, what uncommon things we recommend people taste in France, and we describe some recent adventures we've had with listeners in Paris!

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k&k episode 482 - the one where they talk about Christmas excitement & making people try unusual things... and stuff...

2011-11-27 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 482 we get very excited about the arrival of the Christmas season and discuss what Katia's parents should eat when they're in France.

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k&k episode 481 - the one where they continue discussing world travel with the Fishes... and stuff...

2011-11-25 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 481 we pick up where we left off with Reed and Liz Fish, and chat about where they travelled, how they organised their trip and what their itinerary was like, what they saw and did on the way, and then we talk about the reality of how much a trip like this costs.

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k&k episode 480 - the one where they talk about travelling around the world with the Fishes... and stuff...

2011-11-20 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're rather excited in episode 480 as we welcome Reed and Liz Fish Fish in the studio to talk about taking a trip around the world! We talk about all the things they had to do in order to take their life on the road - from preparing for the trip to trying to decide where to go!

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k&k episode 479 - the one where they talk more about complaining... and stuff...

2011-11-13 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We continue talking extensively about the topic of expat complaining in episode 479, and wonder whether it depends on the motivation for complaints and the venue.

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k&k episode 478 - the one where they talk about complaining... and stuff...

2011-11-06 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 478 we get VERY excited to share some news, then get into a heated discussion about the idea of "complaining" - when is it ok for expats to complain and when isn't it?

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k&k episode 477 - the one where they talk about the influence of Mamma Mia and Lord of the Rings on travel choices... and stuff...

2011-11-02 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We've still got Steve with us in episode 477 as we continue to discuss the topic of media and how it influences our travel choices (in both positive and negative ways).

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k&k episode 476 - the one where they talk moomins, make rhino sounds and spill wine... and stuff...

2011-10-30 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 476 we are thrilled to chat with Steve about the books we read and movies and tv shows we saw as children which have influenced (and continue to influence) our travel choices.

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k&k episode 475 - the one where they remember what it was like at the beginning... and stuff...

2011-10-23 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Things get real in episode 475 as we discuss how to help people and empathise with people who have just arrived in a new country without sounding like know-it-alls. We also talk about what was like when we first arrived in France - the difficulties we faced, the challenges we had to overcome, and how we came through the other side - and chat about how far we've come (or not come, depending on how you look at it).

This episode was brought to you by the term "un nouvel arrivant" (a new arrival).








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k&k episode 474 - the one where they talk about experiential travel... and stuff...

2011-10-16 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 474 Kylie tells us about some special fencing classes she's been taking, which leads us to talk about the concept of travelling to learn, and where you might travel to and under what circumstances in order to learn to do particular things, then we talk about the idea of "experiential travel", and what it means to travel for unique local experiences rather than just sightseeing.

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k&k episode 473 - the one where they talk about napping... extensively... and stuff...

2011-10-12 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 473 we talk more about our plans for episode 500, then discuss napping. Extensively. We wonder who would use the ZZZ Zen Bar in Paris where you can take a nap, and get very excited about the nap pods you can find in some airports around the world.








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k&k episode 472 - the one where they discuss white nights and not riding bikes... and stuff...

2011-10-09 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 472 Katia talks about meeting a listener of the show, we reveal our plans for episode 500 (how do YOU deal with the crazy person sitting next to you on the plane? Tell us now!), we talk about white night and trying to find a taxi, and Autolib', the new short term car rental scheme around Paris, inspired by the Vélib.








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k&k episode 471 - the one where they talk about honeymoons and butlers... and stuff...

2011-10-05 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 471 we continue our discussion about travel choices, including travelling with a guide and the importance of a good travel agent when organising a complex trip. We then revisit the concept of the all-inclusive trip, and reconsider the pros and cons of this sort of travel depending on the goal of the holiday.

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k&k episode 470 - the one where they discuss weddings and buying tickets... and stuff...

2011-10-02 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 470 we get excited about the rapidly approaching episode 500, then after talking about wedding celebrations, we chat about the way we organise our travel plans today and how that has changed over the years.

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k&k episode 468 - the one where they discuss holidays vs travelling... and stuff...

2011-09-25 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 468 we're delighted to welcome Ryan back to the studio, and after a discussion about poms and broccoli and the name of the cocktail we made last week, we chat about Ryan's recent adventures, including doing a mountain marathon in England, drinking in bars in Kosovo and lying on Macedonian beaches.

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k&k episode 469 - the one where they talk about working out where to go on holiday... and stuff...

2011-09-25 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We continue our chat with Ryan in episode 469, as we discuss the trauma of blocked adult content, then Ryan tells us how he chose his recent travel destinations, Macedonia and Kosovo, how he met the Macedonian basketball team, what the accommodation was like, and his dreams of opening a dive shop on Lake Ohrid, then we talk about how hard it would be to work in the air service industry.

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k&k episode 467 - the one where they talk about all-inclusive travel vs organising nothing at all... and stuff...

2011-09-21 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 467 we talk about the pros and cons of all-inclusive travel vs traveling with no organisation at all - we share our experiences and discuss whether we're willing to travel like that.

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k&k episode 466 - the one where they drink birthday cocktails and what it's like living in France... and stuff...

2011-09-18 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Armed with delicious birthday cocktails in episode 466, we ask listeners to suggest a name for our latest concoction, discuss what the show would be called in French, talk about how we respond when asked what it's like living in France, Kylie recounts an encounter she had over a métro ticket, then we chat about the journées du patrimoine.

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k&k episode 465 - the one where they talk about wine cellars and cross-cultural games... and stuff...

2011-09-15 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 465 we continue to get silly with Frog, and Katia talks about discovering an amazing wine cellar filled with history, which leads to a discussion about the physical impact of the various world war on France, then we talk about the difficulties of finding party games that can be played in mixed culture/language groups.

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k&k episode 464 - the one where they talk about provence and scorpions... and stuff...

2011-09-12 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're thrilled to have Frog in the studio with us for episode 464, and we continue talking about what we did over the summer - visiting Châteauneuf-du-Pape, lots of wine tasting, staying in a gay-friendly b&b, spending quality time with Ann and Chris, encountering scorpions, cooking, swimming, ice-cream making, dining with Kristin & Jean-Marc Espinasse, visiting the Ab Fab castle, and stereotypes of Provence.








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k&k episode 463b - the one where they learn all about chilli farming in France... and stuff...

2011-09-11 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 463b we're thrilled to present an interview (in French) we did in the Pays Basque with Ramuntxo, a piment d'Espelette farmer, the owner of the Atelier du Piment! If you don't speak French, skip ahead to our summary of the interview in English. You'll learn more than you ever thought you could possibly know about the famous piment d'Espelette, the chilli that comes from the town of Espelette! And we make lots of mistakes in French. Please forgive us. We've still got lots to learn!








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k&k episode 463 - the one where they discuss the pays basque, pottoks and pintxos... and stuff...

2011-09-07 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 463 we talk about our trip to the pays Basque using a homemade guide book, then we discuss the pottok (or pottokaks), language, accents, regional pride, a trip to San Sebastièn, tapas eating (also known as pintxos) and eurogaming.

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k&k episode 462 - the one where they talk about tgvs and guide books... and stuff

2011-09-04 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're full of summer holiday happiness in episode 462 and get to talking about some of the adventures we had during the holidays - visiting Frog's parents, taking the tgv and the usefulness of guidebooks.

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k&k episode 461 - the one where they talk about real life in the French countryside... and stuff...

2011-08-28 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 461 we are pleased to bring you an episode we recorded with Amy Plum, author of Die for Me, a few months ago. We talk about the stereotypes of French men, then have a very frank and fascinating discussion about what it was like for her to move to France - the circumstances surrounding the move and how she feels about life in the French countryside.

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k&k episode 460 - the one where they talk about the day in the life of a pastry chef... and stuff...

2011-08-21 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 460 we're pleased to present a show we recorded a few months ago with Camille the Pastry Chef! She tells us about a day in the life of a Parisian pastry chef, what it's like to be part of a very male industry, what she loves about her work, her favourite pastries to make and eat, special ingredients and French vs American techniques.

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k&k episode 459 - the one where they talk about unusual food from around the world... and stuff...

2011-08-14 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 459 we present a show recorded a few months ago with the delightful Ann Mah, author of Kitchen Chinese. We talk at length about getting married at McDonalds, localisation in fast food restaurants, unusual food from around the world and missing food from home.

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k&k episode 458 - the one where they talk about eating on the métro and happy birthday songs... and stuff...

2011-08-07 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In an episode 458 we recorded a few months ago with Steve, we somehow manage to spend the entire episode talking about celebrity sightings, eating on public transport and in the car and how we sing happy birthday. And that's it.

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k&k episode 457 - the one where they dive back into the cocktail glass... and stuff...

2011-07-31 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 457 we are pleased to present an episode we recorded a few months ago with Forest of 52 Martinis! We talk about the cocktails that have been invented in Paris, why Paris appears to be a little behind the rest of the world in terms of cocktail drinking, cultural perceptions of cocktails, whether tourists are interested in serious cocktail bars, what the German and Japanese cocktail scenes are like, whether cocktails go well with food and nice (and not-so-nice) bartenders!

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k&k episode 456 - the one where they talk about what to do with the parental figures... and stuff...

2011-07-27 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 456 we discuss visiting haunted houses, parental visits, what to do with people who have visited Paris multiple times, Paris Plage and boats!

This episode was brought to you by the word "un chocolat chaud" (hot chocolate).

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k&k episode 455 - the one where they talk about a different type of travaux castor... and stuff...

2011-07-24 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 455 Katia describes a visit to the beauty salon and we discuss cultural differences in personal grooming habits. We also talk about linguistic differences, wifebeaters and plans for the summer holidays. WARNING: this episode may be slightly inappropriate for younger ears and we discuss some subjects that are NSFW (particularly the wikipedia page we discussed on the show).

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k&k episode 454 - the one where they drink margaritas on Bastille Day and pose a language challenge... and stuff...

2011-07-20 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 454 we recount what happened at the 5th Annual k&k Bastille Day picnic (including margaritas, out of town visitors, helicopters and men falling from the sky), then we discuss meeting up with a listener from Belgium, how to be disciplined enough to practice different languages with the same people, and we throw down a language challenge for the summer holidays.

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k&k episode 453 - the one where they try to save the world... and stuff...

2011-07-17 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 453 we decide to do a public service announcement as we describe something that happened to us on the métro. You'll hear all about handbags, id cards, moral dilemmas, cia agents, phone calls to the italian embassy, urgent detective work, learning italian, karma and more!

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k&k episode 452 - the one where the muffin man and katia visit america and get confused about the toilets... and stuff...

2011-07-13 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 452 Katia continues to tell tales from her trip to LA to see Kathryn & Seb get married: crazy traffic, Hollywood Boulevard & the Walk of Fame, the bachelor & bachelorette parties, the rehearsal dinner, meeting up with Dani, supermarket adventures, the wonderful wedding itself, crab shack shenanigans, uber-American 4th of July celebrations, an old-fashioned picnic in Kathryn's hometown, driving through downtown LA, a trip to Olvera street, more mexican food and margaritas, a baseball game at Dodger's Stadium and fireworks. Then we share some general thoughts about gaps on toilet doors, water levels in toilets, the lack of jaywalking, strange pedestrian rules and the joys of travelling.

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k&k episode 451 - the one where the muffin man and katia visit america and taste american coffee... and stuff...

2011-07-10 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 451 we chat about the upcoming Bastille Day picnic, then Katia recounts what happened when she and and the Muffin Man went to America: adventures with passport control, fingerprints, airplane food, sprinting through airports, hand luggage dramas, tipping confusion, friendly waiters, unknown but exciting ingredients, eating their way through LA, diner coffee tasting, Starbucks sightings and refills.

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k&k episode 450 - the one where they discuss the history of the (e)mail order bride... and stuff...

2011-07-03 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 450 we step back in time to an episode we recorded earlier this year with Janet Skeslien Charles, author of Moonlight in Odessa. We continue talking about the "email order bride", the extensive history of this phenomenon, the power of the internet in forming relationships, the expectations and preconceptions of the women who are part of these schemes and the subsequent culture shock. Janet shares some of her culture shock and travel experiences, we talk about the presence of the Ukranian Mafia, national pride, making friends in foreign countries, learning the language, and we chat a bit more about the personalities of some of the characters.

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k&k episode 449 - the one where they get girly, talking about hats and sales... and stuff...

2011-06-29 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 449 Katia recounts the happy ending to the Hatastrophy, we talk about the "sales" in France, the laws behind them and the appeal (or lack thereof) of the giant Parisian department stores.

This episode was brought to you by the word "un grand magasin" (department store).

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k&k episode 448 - the one where they discuss listening to the news... slowly... and stuff...

2011-06-26 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 448 we talk about how easy it is to learn a language by listening to the news, and we discuss whether podcasts providing slower versions of spoken news are beneficial to language learners. This leads to a lengthy discussion about watching movies and television, and the pros and cons of subtitles.

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k&k episode 447 - the one where they talk about engagement parties and weddings... and stuff...

2011-06-22 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 447 we get tremendously excited as we recount getting all fabulously dressed up and throwing an Engagement Party for Kathryn & Seb, along with Derica from Japan and Ksam & C, playing games and eating Japanese goodies. We chat about the fact that Katia & the Muffin Man are heading over to the US for the wedding (in a week!!!) and what they've been doing to prepare - from trying to buy hats and watching movies set in LA.

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k&k episode 446 - the one where they talk about cookies, reading and the opera... and stuff...

2011-06-19 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 446, after munching on cookies from Karina, we chat about the honour of beta-reading book two of Amy Plum's Revenants trilogy, meeting up with fantastic listeners, an amazing story about Finnish listener Jaana and the opera and graduation. Again!

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k&k episode 445 - the one where they discuss Baghdad and touching the Queen... and stuff...

2011-06-12 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're jumping back in time in episode 445 and bring you an episode we recorded a few months ago with the delightful Ann Mah and her diplomat husband Chris, who tells us about the fascinating experience of serving as for a year a diplomat in Baghdad. We chat about the intensive language training program, learning languages and making mistakes, how to be culturally sensitive and the importance for diplomats to learn about cultural differences, then he explains his current role for the Embassy in France and tells us about some of the interesting people he's rubbed shoulders with over the years.

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k&k episode 444 - the one where they find out about fountains... and fish... and stuff...

2011-06-08 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 444 we continue talking to Axel (of Paris Urban Adventures and the new non-profit fundraising project Adventures 4 Action) about our adventures at Versailles - there is lots more fountain talk and fish stories, discussion about mythology behind the fountains, ancient restoration techniques, special exhibitions and public reactions to modern art shows, exhibition trends, and chronological questions!

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k&k episode 443 - the one where they gallivant around Versailles... and stuff...

2011-06-05 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It's been a while, so we're excited to welcome Axel to the studio for episode 443! We start off by chatting about what he and his lovely wife Michelle have been up to lately with Paris Urban Adventures and their new non-profit fundraising project, Adventurers 4 Action! We then talk about a particularly exciting excursion we did that day at Versailles with Axel, who is currently working there - we jumped queues, learned exciting insider secrets, watched some serious fountain action and learned how fountains work!

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k&k episode 442 - the one where they continue delighting in French pastries... and stuff...

2011-06-01 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We continue chatting with Camille in episode 442 as we talk about our field trip to the pastry shop where she works - discovering how to enrobe chocolates, learning how Croquembouche are made, what baby pain au chocolats look like, pastry chef lingo and how to fit all those kitchens into a typical Parisian building! We discuss French techniques and what she learned when she started working here, and we ask her how to spot a good Pastry shop, and what to look for in a not-so-good one!

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k&k episode 441 - the one where they discover the delights of French pastries... and stuff...

2011-05-29 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 441 we're delighted to welcome the lovely Camille into the studio, who tells us all about the path that took her from Oregon to the Cordon Bleu, to cooking with Mexicans in Pasadena and plating desserts in a five star restaurant in Dallas, right through to finding a job in a traditional French pastry shop in Paris. We talk about the differences between a bakery and a pastry shop, and as we discuss the typical things one might find in a pastry shop we do a little taste test too!

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k&k episode 440 - the one where they discuss PDA in Paris... and stuff...

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In episode 440 we bring you a conversation we recorded a few months ago with Naughty Heather and Victoria the Pleasure Coach! We tackle the subject of s(ch)wag, shoes, Public Displays of Affection (or Arousal) in Paris, Sex Aptitude Tests, awkward moments in public, the importance of kissing and communicating what we want, affairs, being creative in a relationship, comfort zones and exploring yourself in a new city.

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k&k episode 439 - the one where they talk about getting corrected... and stuff...

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In episode 439, after dealing a packet of m&ms, talking about awesome listeners and the upcoming k&k App, we get to talking about language: how our respective understanding of the French language is improving, whether we feel comfortable speaking French, what we are doing to improve our language skills... And all this leads to a discussion of how to correct people who are learning a language - how other people correct us in French, and how we correct others in English.

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k&k episode 438 - the one where they learn more about revenants in Paris... and stuff...

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In episode 438 we continue our chat with the delightful Amy Plum, author of Die for Me, and tackle one of our favourite aspects of her book - the supernatural side! We talk about how she came up with the idea of the "revenant" and how she created the mythology behind it (as opposed to zombies!), how she came to choose Paris as a setting for the novel and why she chose various areas of Paris for different events in the book, and we chat about how her intimate knowledge of French and Parisian culture influenced her writing and we geek out over the movie potential.

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k&k episode 437 - the one where they learn about zombies, no, make that revenants in Paris... and stuff...

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We're delighted to welcome Amy Plum, author of Die for Me, on the show for episode 437! We have a chat about the book itself, then Amy tells us all about what brought her from Alabama to France, with a few fascinating detours on the way, including getting a Masters degree in Medieval Art History, meeting Winona Ryder and being a tour guide. She then describes the process of writing the book and her experience of getting published, and we share some of our thoughts about the main protagonist of the novel. (Stay tuned - in a couple of days we'll release the next part of our chat with Amy!)

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k&k episode 436 - the one where they continue to discuss bringing up bilingual children... and stuff...

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In episode 436 we pick up where we left off in the previous episode, as we discuss with Kim what it's like to try to raise a bilingual child. We talk at length about strategies, challenges and techniques, we wonder what kinds of challenges she might encounter as her son gets older, then we debate whether or not it is difficult for teachers to teach children who don't speak the school's main language.

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k&k episode 435 - the one where they discuss naughty peeps & bringing up bilingual children... and stuff...

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We're excited to welcome Kim back to the k&k fold for episode 435, and we talk about receiving goodies from listeners and having adventures at an outdoors Food & Wine Fair. With Kim's perspective as a new mum, we then have a lengthy chat about what it's like to raise a bilingual child in France - the techniques they're using and why.

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k&k episode 434 - the one where they learn even more about diplomacy... and stuff...

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In episode 434 we continue chatting with Ann Mah and her diplomat husband Chris. Ann takes us all to Brittany (at least in our imagination!) and reveals some of the secrets behind her current book project, then we continue our discussion with Chris about the life of the diplomat. He tells us what the difference is between an embassy and a consulate, and describes the role of embassies and consulates and their various departments, then we talk about the reasons why diplomats are moved regularly around the world rather than being left in one country for an extended period. We find out whether people really try to get refuge in embassies and what sometimes happens if your country doesn't have representation in a particular part of the world, then Chris traces his diplomatic journey for us, from his first assignment right through to what he is doing now in Paris, and we discuss learning languages and the various strategies employed by the Foreign Service to help people learn languages.

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k&k episode 433 - the one where they learn all about diplomacy... and stuff...

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We are joined in episode 433 by the delightful Ann Mah and her husband Chris, who tells us all about what it means to be a diplomat working for the American foreign service. After chatting about gimlets, champagne and cheetos, Chris tells us a little about his first assignment in Turkmenistan, then we chat about why he decided to become a diplomat and the process behind joining the foreign service. From grueling written exams to diplomatic boot camp, we learn all about the various challenges surrounding the application process right through to the official foreign service training, including learning negotiation skills and mastering small talk!

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k&k episode 432.5 - the one where they learn all about snail farming... in French... and stuff...

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And now for something completely different! In episode 432.5 we find ourselves in the middle of the country, visiting a snail farm and doing our very first interview entirely en français with the lovely Mme Rosanne Fabbio, snail farmer! This means that there is a special 20-25 minute section of this episode which is exclusively in French, so if you don't speak French, just skip ahead to our summary of the interview which is in English. You get to hear all the charm of the country, with birdsong, wind blowing and tractors revving, and we find out about the nitty gritty of what it's like to be a snail farmer in France, and learn all about the life cycle of the snail. It's fascinating. Really. We then chat (in English this time) about a visit we did later in the day to a very unusual church in Saint-Bonnet-le-Château, which features some very unusual sights.

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k&k episode 432 - the one where they decide to let YOU tell the world what adventurousness means... and stuff...

2011-04-24 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Apparently we just can't tire of the topic of adventurousness, and in episode 432 we decide to let YOU GUYS tell us what adventurousness means to YOU. We chat about the comments left by all the people who filled out our Adventurousness Survey - how different cultural perspectives, risk (perceived or real), age and health can all influence our idea of adventure - and then we reveal some of the adventurous things people told us they've done! We were gobsmacked, and we're sure you will be too!

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k&k episode 431 - the one where they talk about national identity... and stuff...

2011-04-20 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 431 we continue talking about national identity, which leads to a discussion about how our feelings about our country of origin have changed since we've been away, the concept of patriotism and the different perceptions of national pride, which leads us to talk about the definition of expat versus immigrant and how we classify ourselves as foreigners living in France.

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k&k episode 430 - the one where they talk about apps and guilt... and stuff...

2011-04-17 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 430 we are thrilled to reveal some exciting news (not episode 500 related but it IS app-tly amazing and awesome!), then we get to chatting about an article we came across recently written by a guy who was feeling guilty about taking on another nationality. It's a fascinating conversation that leads us to discuss feelings of betrayal, the reasons behind acquiring citizenship, how it might feel to give up nationality, and what it means when you take on another nationality and how do you identify yourself when this happens.

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k&k episode 429 - the one where they discuss riding donkeys through the Grand Canyon, dancing naked at Stonehenge and adventures... and stuff...

2011-04-13 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 429 we continue to chat about the results of the first part of our Adventurousness Survey - how many people would ride a bike from France to China, go flying in a hot air balloon, travel to Egypt by themselves and more! We then tackle the results of the second part - how adventurous is it to go on an African Safari, ride the length of the Grand Canyon on a donkey, travel the Trans Siberian Railway, sing karaoke in a Japanese bar and more! We had so much fun talking about this survey - hopefully y'all had fun doing it!

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k&k episode 428 - the one where they discuss bungee jumping, nude beaches and adventures... and stuff...

2011-04-10 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 428 we chat about the recent Adventurousness Survey we decided to do, and after a length explanation of why we decided to do such a thing, we chat about the results of the survey - how many people would really go bungee jumping, spend two weeks hiking in the Amazon forest, eat a live bug, go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef or spend a year sailing around the world and more! It's all HIGHLY scientific, of course.

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k&k episode 427 - the one where they talk about THE places to drink cocktails in Paris... and stuff...

2011-04-06 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 427 we continue chatting with Forest of 52 Martinis, where we talk about what makes her an expert on drinking cocktails in Paris and sip another version of the classic martini, stirred up by Forest herself! She lists some of her favourite books on cocktails, then tells us how she goes about finding the places she reviews on her blog, what sort of criteria she applies when writing her reviews and what her favourites are at the moment. She reveals how often she really goes out, tells us the secret of refining your palate for cocktail drinking, then we chat about the differences between standard bar cocktails and crafted cocktails.

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k&k episode 426 - the one where they learn how to mix a real martini... and stuff...

2011-04-03 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're rather excited to welcome Forest of 52 Martinis to the studio for episode 426! After we sip and compare shaken vs stirred martinis carefully made by the Martini Diva herself, and discuss the merits of different cocktail ingredients, she tells about her website, where she reviews bars in Paris! We talk about how she made her way to France, what inspired her to begin writing about cocktail adventures, and why she chose the Martini as her signature drink, then she tells us about some of the meetups she organises in Paris! Of course, all this is RIGHT up our alley.

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k&k episode 425 - the one where they wonder how to eat locally when you travel... and stuff...

2011-03-30 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 425 Frog continues to regale us with tales of his trip to Argentina and Chile. We chat about his Argentinean private supper club experience (and talk at LENGTH about how to truly experience local cuisine, and whether such private supper clubs allow you to do this), and he tells us all about a most unusual scam he encountered whilst in South America!

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k&k episode 424 - the one where Frog channels Evita... and stuff...

2011-03-27 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

With the inimitable Frog in the studio for episode 424, we get into the South American spirit, as we drink Picot Sours and chat about Frog's recent visit to Argentina and Chile: preconceptions of Buenos Aires, Evita moments, bus travel, his favourite city in Chile (Val Paraiso), why he loved Chile, and comparisons between the two countries.

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k&k episode 423 - the one where they discuss house-hunting, housewives and andouillette... and stuff...

2011-03-23 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We continue chatting with Ann Mah about the life of the diplomat's partner in episode 423, as we discuss what it's like to be constantly on the move, with a new post every few years. We talk about her current house-hunting project, which naturally brings us to the subject of the Real Housewives, then she gives us a glimpse into her current writing project, and we chat about andouillette and other weird and wonderful French dishes!

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k&k episode 422 - the one where they learn more about the life of a trailing spouse... and stuff...

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We're excited to welcome Ann Mah back to the studio for episode 422, and after we wax lyrical about the joy of gimlets, Ann tells us all about the life of the diplomat's wife, also known as the trailing spouse. We chat about the various challenges faced by couples and families in the foreign service, the different things one does to prepare for the next foreign posting, and the type of personality required for this sort of life.

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k&k episode 421 - the one where they talk about living safely in big cities... and stuff...

2011-03-13 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 421 we decide to discuss a recent spate of attempted robberies and muggings experienced by some of the people in our entourage, which leads to a lengthy discussion about how different ways to stay safe in a big city, whether you're a tourist or a resident.

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k&k episode 420 - the one where they talk about passports and adventurousness... and stuff...

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As we sip White Ladies in episode 420, we talk about the relaunch of k&k learn french, then we do an update on the passport discussion we had a few weeks ago, and get to chatting about which nationality could be considered the most adventurous according to a recent survey.

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k&k episode 419 - the one where they get heated about Versailles... and stuff...

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Ryan is still with us in the studio for episode 419, and the absolute chaos continues as he makes us try yet another Suze-based cocktail. This makes us question how much Ryan's friendship actually means to us, but we get over it quickly as Kylie tells us all about her Versailles history classes this semester! This leads to a very heated debate about one of the Versailles outbuildings being turned into a luxury hotel.

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k&k episode 418 - the one where they are grossed out by suze-hitos and bed bugs... and stuff...

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With the dapper Ryan in the studio for episode 418, things very quickly descend into chaos. Under his terribly bad influence we taste-test a Suze-based cocktail and grimace at the cameras quite a bit, then we chat about his current "look" (just in time for Paris Fashion Week) and about unique accommodation experiences and the fear of bedbugs! Ew!

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k&k episode 417 - the one where they talk about exchanges... of all sorts... and stuff...

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As we drink our second sidecars we get to chatting in episode 417 about an email we received from a listener, who is a teacher in a school in Australia, describing all the ups and downs of a student exchange between her school and a school in France. This leads to a lengthy discussion about different sorts of exchanges and the things we all learn from these experiences.

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k&k episode 416 - the one where they discuss excess baggage and weight limits... and stuff...

2011-02-27 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

After a discussion on the merits of sidecars, in episode 416 we tackle the topics of excess baggage, paying for overweight luggage and extra seats, and airline reactions to joke bomb threats.

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k&k episode 415 - the one where they talk about flight etiquette and top chef contestants... and stuff...

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With Steve still in the studio for episode 415, we get into some serious rantage about flight etiquette - turning off electronics, respecting the seatbelt sign, trying to get on and off the plane... We then chat about a recent adventure at the newly opened O Chateau wine bar and an encounter with a 2011 French Top Chef contestant.

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k&k episode 414 - the one where they talk Valentines and holidays... and stuff...

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In episode 414 we're thrilled to chat to our lovely friend Steve, and whilst we sip mimosas and munch on oatmeal cookies, we discuss a wide range of topics such as Valentines Day, declarations of love and the worst presents we've ever received (or given), then we chat about Sarkozy's recent decision that all French ministers should give priority to holidaying in France.

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k&k episode 413 - the one where they discuss Denmark and passports... and stuff...

2011-02-16 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

After our discussion on applying for nationality in the previous episode, we decide to tackle the controversial immigration laws in Denmark in episode 413, we debate and compare French and Danish laws, then talk about the percentage of passport holders in countries around the world and wonder why the number of American passport holders is a bit lower than other countries.

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k&k episode 412 - the one where they discuss hats and citizenship... and stuff...

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We are feeling rather beautiful in episode 412 as we discuss our headgear, and Kylie tells us all about participating in the graduation ceremony at the Sorbonne, somehow we get onto the topic of Justin Beiber, then we discuss the details Katia's future application for French nationality.

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k&k episode 411 - the one where they talk about finding love around the world... and sexpats... and stuff...

2011-02-09 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 411 we continue our chat with Janet Skeslien Charles, author of Moonlight in Odessa, and she tells us all about the most exciting news of her book being featured on posters in train stations around the UK! We get back to the fascinating topic of (e)mail order brides, she shares some feedback she has received from men and women who have used these services, we talk about the "socials" organised by agencies and whether these sorts of marriages can work in the long run, then we discuss what inspired her to write this novel and how being an expat in France helped her in this project.

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k&k episode 410 - the one where they talk about grizzly bears and (e)mail order brides... and stuff...

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We're thrilled to welcome Janet Skeslien Charles, author of Moonlight in Odessa, to the studio in episode 410! After discussing what part of the world she comes from, what brought her to France and why she has stayed, we chat about her adventures living in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, and what inspired her to write the book, which leads us to talk at length about the fascinating phenomenon of (e)mail order brides.

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k&k episode 409 - the one where they decide the game matters here... and stuff...

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In episode 409 we continue our discussion with Heather, of Naughty Paris and Secrets of Paris, and Victoria the Pleasure Coach, as we get to chatting about getting in touch with our intimate side and being somatically aware of ourselves, and the possible differences between anglophone and francophone perceptions of romance, seduction and, of course, the final result. We discuss the influence of pop culture in the way we see our sexuality, and Victoria shares some fascinating case studies with us from her work. We talk about why Paris is an ideal city for foreigners to explore the many different facets of themselves and why the French don't appear to be so keen on such a service, which leads to an interesting debate about how people are taught about sexual pleasure and cultural views on therapy.

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k&k episode 408 - the one where they talk about Paris, the sexy city, and the culture of pleasure... and stuff...

2011-01-30 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're thrilled to have Heather, of Naughty Paris and Secrets of Paris, as well as Victoria the Pleasure Coach join us for episode 408! After a chat about what each of these ladies do in life, we talk about whether Paris merits it's title as a romantic and sexy city, which leads us to a lengthy discussion of perceptions surrounding nakedness, sexyness and the culture of pleasure, and what influences the different ways we perceive these things according to our cultural background.

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k&k episode 407 - the one where they talk about jetlag and touching jellyfish... and stuff...

2011-01-26 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 407 Katia postulates a theory about jetlag, then tells all about her trip back to Australia over the holiday period, including what movies she watched on the plane, how awesome it was to hug her niece, what they ate for Christmas, hanging out with Philexis, New Years Eve, whether the Muffin Man resisted touching weird Australian creatures, spending time with Tracey & Pierrick, how her mum called her out on certain "un-Australian" vocabulary, cultural cringe, and playing a HUGE amount of Sequence.

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k&k episode 406 - the one where they talk about christmas karaoke and vampire museums... and stuff...

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We're rather excited to be recording our first show for 2011 in episode 406, and after chatting about galette, Kylie tells us all about what she did over the holiday season, including taking care of Symphony, celebrating Christmas with Frog's parents, hanging out with listener Variri, the musée de l'art forain and the musée des vampires!

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k&k episode 405 - the one where they get royal... and stuff...

2011-01-19 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 405 we get to chatting with Ryan about royal weddings, how we feel about royals, royal dilemmas, potential adventures related to royal weddings and what we think might be involved in a royal wedding. Then we round up the episode with a discussion of incredible talent.

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k&k episode 404 - the one where they discuss brownies, hot dogs and fondue... and stuff...

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We're pleased to present episode 404, a little something we prepared earlier with David Lebovitz, author of many books including Ready for Dessert! He tells us his current favourite cocktail, then we chat about the differences between desserts in America and Australia and France, the French confusion about the hot dog, whether the French are experimental in their cooking, whether the French can cook things all the way through and mistakes in the kitchen. We talk about how living in France has changed the way we eat, what he would miss about France if he moved elsewhere, which leads us to a discussion about fondue, raclette and different cuts of meat.

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k&k episode 403 - the one where they learn about cottage country and canoes... and stuff...

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In episode 403 we have the pleasure to talk to Lily Heise of Context Travel again. We talk about where she comes from in Canada and some fascinating things about her childhood, like living in "cottage country" and doing bilingual classes. We chat about the relationship Canada and Quebec have with France, as well as with each other, the differences between French-Quebecois and French. After a brief discussion about Anne of Green Gables, she tells us about her various working experiences, such as working in an eccentric art gallery and a canoe museum in Canada and the Vimy Ridge memorial in France.

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k&k episode 402 - the one where they learn about giving wine personality... and stuff...

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In episode 402 we're delighted to present a special episode we recorded with Olivier Magny in November, and we reminisce about a champagne cruise we did with O Château a couple of years ago. We ask him what makes him qualified to teach people about wine, we talk about where his love of wine comes from, and what makes the O Château wine tastings different from the rest. He tells us how they teach people about wine, and the tricks behind identifying and appreciating different wines and some of the special events they organise. We chat about the new digs for O Château, & he tells us about the concept behind his new wine bar, what he really thinks about Beaujolais Nouveau and reveals some of his favourite wines today.

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k&k episode 401 UNPLUGGED - the one where they discover a hidden kitchen... and stuff...

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In episode 401 we bring you along with us to a fabulous dinner at Hidden Kitchen, a private supper club in Paris. You'll hear all about our wining and dining experience with some fascinating people, eating fabulous food, drinking delicious wine, and sharing hilarious stories.

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k&k episode 400 UNPLUGGED - the one where they get their singing on... for better or worse... and stuff...

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We decide to get festive in episode 400 and give you all a special song that we wrote for the holiday season!

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k&k episode 399 - the one where they talk about where they come from and nerdism... and stuff...

2010-12-21 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're delighted to present something we recorded a few months ago with our dear friend PH for episode 399! We chat about what it means to be a "true parisian", our respective nationalities and origins, how we each define where we're from, nerdism and tv shows, how we watch tv.

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k&k episode 398 - the one where they talk about transient Paris and gimlets... and stuff...

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For the first episode in the k&k holiday season, we're pleased to present something we recorded with Ann Mah a few months ago for episode 398. We talk a bit about her fiirst book, Kitchen Chinese and she tells us how she found a job in Beijing, then we talk about the transient nature of Paris, what makes the city and experiencing this city so special, which leads to chat about Ann's next book, sommeliers and wine. We discuss gimlets & diplomatic parties, then Ann gives us a fascinating glimpse into the life of a diplomats wife - from marine balls and secret shops and postal services, to unusual postings and learning how to make the most of the now.

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k&k episode 397 - the one where they talk about crazy teachers and christmas dilemmas... and stuff...

2010-12-15 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 397 Kylie tells us all about her mysterious teacher at La Sorbonne, and as the stories become more and more unbelievable we just have to wonder who really is this teacher? Kylie tells us about her plans for the holiday season, then presents us with a present-related dilemma, and Katia gets excited about heading back to Australia for the holidays, and we talk about airport pickups, pool fun and in-flight entertainment.

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k&k episode 396 - the one where they talk about names and the snowpocalypse... and stuff...

2010-12-12 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It's pure k&k in episode 396 as we discuss given names, middle names and nicknames, then spend a great deal of time talking about the recent record snowfall in Paris and why Paris is so ill equipped to deal with snow, and the various consequences it had on various things around town, and finally Katia then talks about a snow-related dilemma she may have to deal with this week.

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k&k episode 395 - the one where Bunny McFrogberg takes us all to Israel... and stuff...

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The shenaniganry continues in episode 395 with Bunny McFrogberg, as he reveals the end of his cliffhanger and what happened in his dream! We then discuss his recent trip to Israel, what he thought about visiting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem,the things he saw, places he visited, adventures he had and the things he ate. We finish the episode talking about passports and visas and the different requirements when travelling to different countries.

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k&k episode 394 - the one where they meet Bunny McFrogberg and travel vicariously to Sicily... and stuff...

2010-12-05 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It is our pleasure to welcome Bunny McFrogberg to the studio for episode 394, and we chat about what Bunny McFrogberg has been up to lately, some of his recent world adventures, including his his last trip to Sicily, which involved eating, talking to the locals, eating, sightseeing and more eating. We round up the episode by discussing the advantages of the Unesco world heritage program and the impact of tourists on important heritage sites.

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k&k episode 393 - the one where they discuss Jane Austen and the merits of melted cheese... and stuff...

2010-11-28 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Ryan continues to charm us with his fabulous accent in episode 393, as he tells us what he considers himself to be, then Katia and Ryan have a bit of a whinge about Jane Austen whilst Kylie defends her honour. He tells us about his French family and drinking Suze, we chat about snow and the deliciousness of melty, stinky cheese, then Ryan shares his thoughts about some of the places he has visited in France and around the world, such as Germany, Russia, Japan, Gambia and Israel.

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k&k episode 392 - the one where they talk about the dangers behind blowing up balloons... and stuff...

2010-11-28 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 392 we introduce you all to the charming Ryan, and we talk about the highly dramatic injury he sustained in the name of k&k. He tells us where he comes from in England, and we chat about the language assistantship program which brought him to France, and get into a lengthy discussion about the French education system and whether the various school systems we have experienced encourage creativity in activities like art and music. We reminisce about some off-air adventures we've had with Ryan, and then he tells us a rather hilarious story about Kylie and a noise problem!

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k&k episode 391 - the one where they talk about improving language skills and guinness world records... and stuff...

2010-11-24 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 391 we have a long chat about what Kylie is doing this year to improve her French - from her classes at La Sorbonne and the language exchange at Arc, to seeing movies in French and watching French tv. She recounts what happened at the Paris Urban Adventures charity event, then we talk about Guinness World Records and reading papers on public transport.

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k&k episode 390 - the one where they discuss french gastronomy and unesco... and stuff...

2010-11-21 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We get rather excited in episode 390 as we talk about all the recent guests we've had on the show and the guests to come, then we what about the fascinating topic of French gastronomy, the recent addition of the "gastronomic meal of the French" to the Unesco list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the differences between our native cultures and the French culture of eating (how the meal is eaten and the purposes behind the meal), then we chat about other entries on the Unesco list in France and around the world.

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k&k episode 389 - the one where they continue the Great Suze-Off... and stuff...

2010-11-17 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

With our brave companions Olivier Magny and David Lebovitz, we continue our taste-testing experiments in episode 389! This time around, we honour the traditional French digéstif, discussing the pros and cons of many famous drinks, and we chat about a wide variety of things such as table manners, the most unusual things we've ever drunk and what we really prefer to drink. Inevitably, chaos reigns.

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k&k episode 388 - the one where they do the Great Suze-Off... and stuff...

2010-11-14 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're pleased to announce the Great Suze-Off 2010 in episode 388, accompanied in our taste-testing adventures by the dynamic Olivier Magny and David Lebovitz! In this episode we taste a vast quantity of interesting (and not-so-interesting) typical French apéritifs and discuss the various features of each one, and we chat about everything to do with chinking glasses, the ever-so-trendy world of apéro snacks and drinking myths.

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k&k episode 387 - the one where they talk about more stuff Parisians like... and stuff...

2010-11-10 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We continue chatting to Olivier Magny (of Ô Chateau, Stuff Parisians Like, and tDessine-moi un Parisien) in episode 387, where we talk about why the blog and the book are so funny, then he tells us where the name of the book comes from and he kindly draws a Parisian for us. We then talk about what Parisians actually like, New York, hamburger eating and the love/hate relationship between France and America, whether Parisians identify themselves as Parisian before they identify as being French, and whether it's possible for outsiders to become Parisian, which leads to Olivier sharing some very interesting theories about why foreigners are attracted to Paris.

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k&k episode 386 - the one where they talk about stuff Parisians like... and stuff...

2010-11-07 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're pleased to welcome Olivier Magny, founder of the wine tasting company Ô Chateau and the blog Stuff Parisians Like, and the subsequent French book Dessine-moi un Parisien, in the studio for episode 386! After he reveals the secret behind his awesome English, he talks to us about the ginormous success of Stuff Parisians Like and how the book got published, then we talk about the inspiration behind the blog, the idiosyncrasies of the typical Parisian, whether he's guilty of doing any of the things he pokes fun at, public urination, French humour and whether the French can laugh at themselves, then he tells us an extremely interesting theory about the French psyche and French pride.

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k&k episode 385 - the one where they discuss exclusive museum visits & what to wear on the red carpet... and stuff...

2010-11-04 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Danielle Wolff is still with us in episode 385, as she regales us with stories of interviews in French, being chauffered around, exclusive visits to obscure museums and not-so-obscure museums like the Louvre, as well as doing fabulous French touristy things like the Moulin Rouge and dinner cruises. We talk about doing a walking tour of Paris based on her script, she tells us more about some of the people she has encountered on her trip, we chat about what it's like to have conducted interviews and such in French, then we get carried away with the notion of wearing gowns and doing interviews on the red carpet, then wonder which French actors could play the various roles in her movie and get ridiculously excited about the possibility of visiting the movie set.

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k&k episode 384 - the one where they talk about screenwriting adventures in France... and stuff...

2010-10-31 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

After a couple of years away, we're pleased to welcome Danielle Wolff back to the k&k studio for episode 384! We find out all about why she's here - she's one of four screenwriters who have been brought over to France for an "Autumn Stories" residency program through the Ile-de-France Film Commission and the Franco-American Cultural Fund of the Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique. We get to hear all about the magnificent Royaumont Abbey where she has been staying, and some of her adventures being chauffered around Paris and visiting all sorts of interesting places, as well as being wined and dined as she does research for her screenplay and meets all sorts of fabulous people.

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k&k episode 383 - the one where they talk more about putting Paris in Context... and stuff...

2010-10-27 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We've still got Lily Heise, in charge of the Paris operations of Context Travel in the studio for episode 383, as we continue to chat about the various amazing walking tours offered by Context Travel in various cities around the world, such as evening tours of the Vatican and wine tours of Venice and the Veneto. We hear about some of their most popular walks, such as their "out of context" specialised one-off experiences (such as their sold-out event last Spring called Kitchen Conversations), and a new walk for 2011, a Jazz History walk. We find out how Lily got started with Context, some of her favourite walks to lead and participate in and what it's like to be surrounded by so many people with so much knowledge, and what the different docents bring to each walk according to their particular specialty.

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k&k episode 382 - the one where they talk about putting Paris in Context... and stuff...

2010-10-24 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're very excited to welcome Lily Heise, in charge of the Paris operations of Context Travel, to the studio for episode 382! We chat all about Context Travel, which runs "walking tours for the intellectually curious", and we get tremendously excited as we hear about everything from art history and architectural tours to gastronomy and music-inspired walks. We learn how the company started, how the walking seminars are run, the people who lead the tours and the sorts of walks on offer, then we chat about a fabulous walk we did earlier in the day (New Bohemia: Paris of the Romantics), led by the dynamic Charlotte Daudon Lacaze.

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k&k episode 381 - the one where they talk about beer, salted butter caramel and jinxing... and stuff...

2010-10-20 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We get into an enthusiastic discussion about beer in episode 381, which leads to some interesting suggestions for some future k&k Get Cultured adventures, Katia makes an apology, then talks about her recent trip to Nantes and the region of the Pays de la Loire, including the discovery of caramel au beurre salé and the usual mushroom dramas. Then we talk at great length about the childhood games like "jinx" and "punch buggy" and their equivalents in Australia, the US and France, as well as unusual customs in different countries, then Katia reveals some strange Australian childhood customs.

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k&k episode 380 - the one where they talk about going back to school and language exchanges... and stuff...

2010-10-17 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 380 Kylie tells us all about her recent return to school and her French learning goals for the year, as well as her fascinating adventures with the language exchange at the Cercle International de l'Arc. We talk about Kylie's tv dramas and her recent gastronomic excursion to the salon Pari Fermier.

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k&k episode 379 - the one where they talk about the benefits of travelling... at home and far away... and stuff...

2010-10-10 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In this super special episode 379, we chat with Frog about whether you should travel around your own country before you travel somewhere else, or whether you should discover other countries before you discover your own! It leads us to many interesting reflections about why people travel and how travelling can change you.

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k&k episode 378 - the one where they talk about national culinary pride and green skies... and stuff...

2010-10-06 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Ann Mah, author of Kitchen Chinese is still in the studio with us for episode 378, and after a brief chat about dodgy dives and almost drinking Suze, she tells us more about her adventures living, working and eating in Beijing. We talk about national culinary pride, the diversity of the expat community in Beijing versus Paris, the ever-fascinating subject of cultural identity, and whether it's easier to be an expat in China or France. She then tells us about the culture shock of moving back to Washington, the experience of French immersion courses in preparation for their subsequent move to Paris, then (squee!) she tells us about some of her favourite places to eat Chinese food in Paris!

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k&k episode 377 - the one where they are blown away by beijing and drool over dumplings... and stuff...

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We're very pleased to welcome Ann Mah, author of Kitchen Chinese: A Novel about Food, Family and Finding Yourself, in the studio for episode 377! She tells us about being Chinese American and the massive culture shock that she experienced when she and her husband moved to Beijing. We chat about her family heritage and the fascinating issue of cultural identity, as well as her adventures living in Beijing, learning about Chinese cuisine, trying to get a grasp on the language and the saucy subject of censorship.

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k&k episode 376 - the one where they talk about learning english with friends... and stuff...

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We continue our conversation with the charming PH (of Comité de la Claque and Green Paradise) in episode 376, and chat about learning English: what his teachers were like at school (and the importance of good teachers), his motivation for learning the language, the different anglo countries he has visited (and he shares with us some unique methods for learning the language) and the various experiences he had in these countries.

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k&k episode 375 - the one where they talk comedy and comité de la claque... and stuff...

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We're delighted to welcome PH of Comité de la Claque and Green Paradise into the studio for episode 375! We talk about his career as a professional comedian and writer, as well as what is coming up for Comité de la Claque, and talk at length about the differences between French humour and other types of comedy around the world.

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k&k episode 374 - the one where the discuss the finer points of volcano kicking... and stuff...

2010-09-22 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We've still got the tasy Frog in the studio for episode 374, where he tells us about his recent trip to Iceland (hot springs, camping and lava fields), he gives us a most fantabulous present and we talk about naming babies and planets. We then get into a very deep conversation about cross-national intercultural relationships beyond French/Anglo relationships and our "solid entity" where we "all agree with each other" in the our anglo experience in France, and Frog asks us if all anglos (being from different parts of the world) really do have all that much in common beyond our shared experience and language in France.

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k&k episode 373 - the one where they try to work out a name... and stuff...

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We're rather ridiculously excited to have Frog on the show for episode 373, and between hostessing faux pas and beaver talk, we spend a considerable amount of time discussing potential names for the new studio and sources of irritation.

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k&k episode 372 - the one where they talk about absinthe and trying to find non-boring things to do... and stuff...

2010-09-15 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 372 Kylie tells us about a recent and rather exciting absinthe-drinking adventure, we chat about the journée du patrimoine (heritage day) and how difficult it has been for us to find something interesting to do, Katia talks about living a more "French experience" since her move, then we chat about French Masterchef!

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k&k episode 371 - the one where they talk about couchsurfing and german weddings... and stuff...

2010-09-12 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 371, whilst eating m&ms (of course), we talk about celebrating Kylie's birthday, and meeting up with a couple of k&k listeners! We discuss the bribe Katiefornia brought us in her bid to get her submission chosen as the new name of the studio, and the fact that Sir Peter rode his bike to Paris, all the way from Oxford, and had some very interesting couchsurfing experiences. Katia also talks about a bicultural French-German wedding she attended in Hamburg over the summer, as well as some of the interesting people she met and experiences she had there!

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k&k episode 370 - the one where they remember what they were going to talk about... and stuff...

2010-09-08 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 370 we manage to recover from our temporary memory lapse and remember what we were supposed to announce - the installation of the new studio! We chat about potential names for the new studio, as well as Katia's new apartment and moving adventures, then get very excited about a recent excursion to the Marché aux Puces de Vanves.

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k&k episode 369 - the one where they're surprised Kylie made it back in one piece... kindof... and stuff...

2010-09-05 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're back from our summer break in episode 369, and Kylie tells us all about her trip back to the US - meeting up with listeners, sneaking into national monuments, hanging out with the 'rents, catching up with old friends, drinking mysterious concoctions, jumping out of planes and doing some deep-lake diving, enjoying lame-o beaches and more!

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k&k episode 368 - the one where they talk about the ins and outs of intercultural relationships... and stuff...

2010-09-02 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

The k&k summer series continues with the adorable SarahTexasSarah in episode 368! In this episode we get into the nitty gritty of intercultural relationships, what it's like to date someone outside of your culture and the differences in the way you interact. We tackle the always entertaining topic of dating in France, we consider the definition of dating, and we swap tales of cultural confusion and hilarity!

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k&k episode 367 - the one where they talk about culture shock, reverse culture shock and everything in between... and stuff...

2010-08-29 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We continue our summer series with a really interesting and touching episode we recorded a month ago with Tracey & Pierrick for episode 367! We chat with them about their adventure in moving to Australia - what it's been like for Pierrick to live in another country, and the different culture shock experiences he's had, and what it's been like for Tracey to return to her home country after spending a few years living in France.

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k&k episode 366 UNPLUGGED - the one where they talk parks, notebooks and dinner companions... and stuff...

2010-08-25 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 366 we continue with the UNPLUGGED action and sit in the park, bash Australia a bit, make a confession, talk about a potential showdown and discuss some more very problematic yet highly hilarious Would You Rathers.

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k&k episode 365 - the one where they talk all about education... and stuff...

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We continue our summer series of interesting guests in episode 365 with an episode we recorded a few months ago with Axel and Michelle (of Paris Urban Adventures and Gadabout World)! We talk at great length about the most fascinating topic of education and the differences in schools, teaching styles and learning styles around the world.

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k&k episode 364 UNPLUGGED - the one where they do ikea and hasselhoff... and stuff...

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You've got more k&k UNPLUGGED for your money in episode 364 as we continue playing Would You Rather, talk about movies and go to Ikea.

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k&k episode 363 - the one where they talk about clichés and French comedy... and stuff...

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In episode 363 we're pleased to present a special episode we recorded with Stephen Clarke a few months ago! We get to chatting about many and various things - what makes a cliché a cliché, the differences between the French and English styles of humour, whether the French are rude or not, whether the customer is always right, how to get what you want in France, drinking habits, French cinema and French comedy.

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k&k episode 362 UNPLUGGED - the one where they do happy hour and discuss underwear... and stuff...

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There's more UNPLUGGED action in episode 362 with some exciting Would You Rather conundrums, we chat about happy hour, we discuss genie pants and underwear, and Kylie gives us a movie promise update.

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k&k episode 361 - the one where they discuss murder, mystery and flea markets ... and stuff...

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It is with much excitement that we present an episode we recorded a couple of months ago with murder mystery writer Cara Black (author of the Aimée Leduc series) for episode 361! We chat about her interesting decision to set her books in Paris in the 90s - all about francs, flea markets, smoking, computers, and being true to a time period. She also recounts some fascinating stories about finding inspiration, writing and travelling.

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k&k episode 360 UNPLUGGED - the one where they do green paradise... and stuff...

2010-08-04 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

For your summer of k&k we're delighted to bring back k&k UNPLUGGED for episode 360! In this episode we do some before, during and after Green Paradise, you'll find out about our new obsession of Would You Rather, and we eat some chocolate.

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k&k episode 359 - the one where they talk truffles and swap suppository stories... and stuff...

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For your summer amusement, we're pleased to present an episode we recorded a few months ago with David Lebovitz for episode 359! We talk about things like truffle hunting, visiting markets and whether the French actually get fat. We manage to jump from discussing his favourite desserts to suppository stories, le gastro and food hygiene. We finish off chatting about green beans, laundry, French kitchens, peeling tomatoes and m&ms.

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k&k episode 358 - the one where they rant about beavers and bitches... and stuff...

2010-07-28 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 358, the final recording in the k&k boudoir, we continue talking about Craigslist, Kylie tells about a recent Disney adventure, Katia laments the invasion of beavers in Paris, we talk about eating horse and a recent horse meat controversy in Australia, Katia tells about an unfortunate encounter with a total bitch in the supermarket, then we talk about what we're going to miss about the k&k boudoir.

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k&k episode 357 - the one where they discuss the wonders and weirdos of craigslist... and stuff...

2010-07-25 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 357 Katia goes on forever about the dramas of moving - organising things, packing, sorting and how to get rid of stuff. We then get into a discussion of the pros & cons of Craigslist Paris.

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k&k episode 356 - the one where they talk about high school memories and bike riding... and stuff...

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We start off episode 356 by talking about meeting up with people from the past, and then we get into a very deep discussion about Vélibs, the rental bike system in Paris: the merits, the defaults, and everything in between. Including why neither of us have ridden one.

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k&k episode 355 - the one where they talk about un-picnics, métro stories and drinking rosé by the Seine... and stuff...

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In episode 355 we talk about the monsoon that hit Paris on Bastille Day, the subsequent un-picnic that followed and meeting listeners from around the world. We launch a new segment entitled "Spotted on the Métro" and discuss the "scrunchy faced guy", and finish up by chatting about a recent faux-picnic by the Seine and encounters with strange people.

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k&k episode 354 - the one where they talk about space saving techniques and confessiolemmas... and stuff...

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In episode 354 Katia gives an update on her upcoming move, the we discuss the different space-related dilemmas and space-saving techniques that are required in a city like Paris. Kylie then tells us about a Very Serious Dilemma Indeed!

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k&k episode 353 - the one where they talk about urban art adventures and creepy dolls... and stuff...

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In episode 353 we talk about the Urban Art Tour we did recently with Axel and Michelle of Paris Urban Adventures, we get excited about the planned shenaniganry at the Bastille Day picnic, Kylie tells us about the Doll Museum, then we chat about where we like to sit in the cinema.

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k&k episode 352 - the one where they finally hear more about Where In The World Are (Were!) Tracey and Pierrick... and stuff...

2010-07-08 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 352 we're thrilled to keep chatting with Tracey and Pierrick about their half-the-world adventure! In this hour-long installment we hear all about the exciting trans-Siberian railway trip from Moscow to Beijing, as well as their various experiences travelling through China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, and food, communal living, bathroom escapades, and encounters with the locals and the wildlife.

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k&k episode 351 - the one where they finally hear all about Where In The World Are (Were!) Tracey and Pierrick... and stuff...

2010-07-06 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're thrilled beyond belief in episode 351 to welcome the adorable Tracey and Pierrick in the studio, after a long time away, and we're excited to get a WITWATAP update and to hear all about their adventures travelling across the world by train (or mostly by train), from France to Australia! In this episode we are regaled with tales of Sweden, Finland and Russia!

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k&k episode 350 - the one where they talk about theatre and musical mania... and stuff...

2010-06-30 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 350 we move from daiquiris to pineau, the fête de la musique, seeing musicals in Paris and musical mania. We talk a bit about Green Paradise and their upcoming summer schedule of shows, then Katia describes a dilemma she recently encountered at work, and we get excited that Tracey and Pierrick are back in town.

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k&k episode 349 - the one where they talk about ghostly Paris and edible Paris... and stuff...

2010-06-28 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're rather excited in episode 349, as we enjoy strawberry daiquiris and discuss some of our recent adventures : a spooky Paris Ghost Tour run by Mysteries of Paris, the Paris By Mouth launch party, falafel tastings and whirlwind tours of Paris.

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k&k episode 348 - the one where they talk about good luck and badges... and stuff...

2010-06-23 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 348, Katia reveals the end of the cliffhanger of the previous show! We discuss apartment renting in Paris and tell some tales, Katia gets very excited about her new flat and Kylie reads an email from Phil(exis). We then tell a tale of badges, Kylie talks about some projects she's working on, then we discuss tv.

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k&k episode 347 - the one where they talk about papers and apartments... and stuff...

2010-06-20 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're rather excited in episode 347, as we get distracted by a discussion of what kind of tricycles we had when we were small, then Kylie tells us all about handing in her paper and defending her thesis. Katia talks about the apartment hunt, boats, racist people and crazy meetings.

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k&k episode 346 - the one where they talk about nudity... a lot... and stuff...

2010-06-06 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It is with great pleasure that we talk to the lovely Steve, for episode 346! Basically, we talk a heckuvalot about nudity and other naughty things : the amount of skin seen on tv and the differences in the perception and acceptance of nudity and swearing in France in comparison to the US, the UK and Australia.

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k&k episode 345 - the one where they talk about chores and things to do... and stuff...

2010-05-30 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 345 we continue talking about language and regional differences, we discuss what chores we did as children and the ways we got out of doing chores, Kylie gives us a paper translation update, we chat about some of the things we want to do around Paris and France this summer and we do a WITWATAP update!

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k&k episode 344 - the one where they talk about accents, words and pretentiousness... and stuff...

2010-05-30 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 344, after an email from Phil, we spend the entire show talking about language : how our language has changed since living away from our native countries, what we and the people around us think of these changes, the evolution of language, various methods of retaining or keeping up with language changes in our respective countries, and what constitutes pretentiousness.

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k&k episode 343 - the one where they talk about old wives tales and movies... and stuff...

2010-05-26 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Episode 343 starts off with a discussion of a French old wives tale, then we talk about the Apéro Géant scandal, chaos on trains this week, and whether movies should be remade for different countries or adjusted according to the audience, then discuss a popcorn drama and hear a confession from Katia.

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k&k episode 342 - the one where they talk about going green, art theft and cabarets... and stuff...

2010-05-23 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 342 Kylie tells us how the translation of her paper is going, then we chat about the news, from the Champs Elysées going green, to biking in Paris and art thefts, and finally we talk about surprise birthdays, mammals, Billy the Exterminator and cabarets!

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k&k episode 341 - the one where they talk about love locks, strikes and words... and stuff...

2010-05-19 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 341 we try to find a solution for Katia's voicemail dilemma, then chat about the love lock drama on the Pont des Arts and students striking about a phantom holiday change! Kylie tells us how her paper translation is going, which leads to a lengthy discussion about translating certain words and the misuse and overuse of certain English words in French (and vice versa).

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k&k episode 340 - the one where they talk museums and apartment hunting... and stuff...

2010-05-16 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We discuss museums and noodles in episode 340, with the Nuit des Musées and the next k&k Get Cultured excursion - a Paris Ghost Tour with Mysteries of Paris! Then Katia reveals that she and the Muffin Man are on the hunt for an apartment, and things get interesting as we discuss the often very surprising differences between doing the same thing in France, Australia and the US.

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k&k episode 339 - the one where they learn more about mysterious murders in Paris... and stuff...

2010-05-12 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We continue our chat with Cara Black, author of the Aimée Leduc murder mystery series in episode 339! We find out how she knows so much about French culture and current events and we discuss the inspiration for the various interesting characters in her novels - from Aimée Leduc, the typical Parisian woman with an American edge, to Réné, her vertically challenged partner, and finally to the multi-faceted role of Paris as a character.

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k&k episode 338 - the one where they learn about mysterious murders in Paris... and stuff...

2010-05-09 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 338, we have the pleasure of meeting Cara Black, the fascinating author of the Aimée Leduc detective series, from Murder in the Marais to her most recent book, Murder in the Palais Royal. We chat about why she chose to base her series in Paris, how she does her research into the various quartiers of Paris and all the different subjects covered in each book, and she even reveals some of the secrets and stories behind the books!

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k&k episode 337 - the one where they talk about flags and patriotism... and stuff...

2010-05-05 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 337 we get to talking about culture again, Kylie tells us what she is doing this summer, we give an update on the robbery that happened at Opéra a few weeks ago, Katia makes a mess of a story about something that happened with a fnac contest and the French flag and we talk about our respective perceptions of our national flags, national anthems and national pride.

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k&k episode 336 - the one where they discuss allergies, may day and movies... and stuff...

2010-05-02 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Things get heated in episode 336 as we debate the use of the words "allergies" and "hayfever", then we get to chatting about May Day, manifestations, national holidays, itunes and movies. Katia calls out Kyliemac for not having seen any French movies lately, then we talk about museums and attempts to get cultured.

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k&k episode 335 - the one where they discuss post party parties and dilemmas... and stuff...

2010-04-28 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 335 we get to chatting about birthday months and the consequences of volcanic ash clouds, post party parties including listeners making the most of being stuck in Paris and Janilani's fantabulous gumbo party. Katia tells a story where she was too quick to judge, Kylie presents us with a grocery store dilemma and Katia asks what she should have done in an office drama.

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k&k episode 334 - the one where they have a few moments... and stuff...

2010-04-25 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It's all about moments in episode 334, as we discuss behind-the-scenes details and all the highlights of the k&k Weekend of Fun, including the most touching moments, most exciting moments, most delicious moments and most unclassy moments! You'll feel like you were there with us all weekend!

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k&k episode 333.5 - the one where they continue to rock the Highlander in Paris... and stuff...

2010-04-21 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're SO delighted to present the second show we recorded at The Highlander in Paris : episode 333.5! Frog, Kathryn & Steve start us off with a song (it's awesome de chez awesome), then we get cheeky with stereotypes again, discussing whether real Frenchmen can follow rules, customer service, Paris as the swingers capital of the world, corks vs screwtops, the Parisian survivalist mentality, queues, macarons, French inventions and the Academy Française, then we finish off the episode with "it wouldn't be France if..."!

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k&k episode 333 - the one where they rock the Highlander in Paris... and stuff...

2010-04-18 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're thrilled to present the highly anticipated episode 333 - recorded in front of a LIVE audience at the Highlander Pub in Paris! Kathryn, Steve and Frog live up to their reputation as The Panel as we cheekily discuss many interesting topics such as PDA in Paris, Suze, french waiters, stinky cheese, public grooming, strikes, Starbucks, tourist attire and the Champs-Elysées. And finally, we round off the episode by announcing the winners to the k&k Scavenger Hunt and the Philexis Contest!!!!

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k&k episode 332 - the one where they rant about customer service and allergies... and stuff...

2010-04-11 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're rather excited in episode 332 as we discuss the upcoming celebration for episode 333! We chat about the info sheet and the various prizes up for grabs as part of the 333 celebration, and about our brand new mike flags (thanks to Canadian Peter!), then we go on a customer service rant and get sidetracked by a discussion about American English. We chat about Kylie's allergies, then it's updates all around with surgery and university news, followed by tales of robberies, encounters with tech guys and Kylie tells us what the Gruesome Twosome think of the podcast.

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k&k episode 331 - the one where they talk about cowboys, spider surgeries and mailboxes... and stuff...

2010-04-04 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In maxi-episode 331 we get to chatting about sidecar consequences, cowboys and cocktails, the upcoming Friday Night Drinks, our recent sound-check at The Highlander and our new Facebook fan page. Katia tells her spider surgery story, we discuss a Sporadic Question From Alexisland about Mailboxes, then we talk about the Fromgirls.

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k&k episode 330 - the one where they talk about the ratp logo and easter grass... and stuff...

2010-03-31 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 330 we drink the most delicious Sidecars ever as we continue our discussion with Steve. Kylie does a Public Service Announcement regarding the Arc de Triomphe, Steve tells us about going to the rugby, Kylie turns blue as she tries to explain Easter Grass, Steve promises to make us Hot Cross Buns, Katia talks about her new t-key, we talk about the RATP logo, pop culture (Glee and Twilight, amongst others) and mysterious tours of Paris.

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k&k episode 329 - the one where they talk about technical difficulties and macarons... and stuff...

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With the lovely Steve in the k&k boudoir for episode 329, we chat about Katia's upcoming surgery, phone calls vs text messages vs emails and heinous technical difficulties. We officially ask Steve to become the k&k correspondent for Eurovision, then we discuss the hot McMacaron vs La Durée debate and decide that the only thing to do is test them out ourselves!

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k&k episode 328 - the one where they talk about honeymoons, african safaris and hakuna matata... and stuff...

2010-03-24 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Axel and Michelle are still with us for episode 328, where they regale us with tales of their honeymoon in Africa - including safari adventures, animal-spotting, getting stuck in the mud, wildebeest encounters, camping with a massai tribe, some eye-opening brushes with poverty and a different way of life, polygamy, diarrhea and hiking up Kilimanjaro.

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k&k episode 327 - the one where they talk about urban art, weddings and white dinners... and stuff...

2010-03-21 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It's been a long time, but we're delighted to have the lovely Michelle and Axel with us in the k&k boudoir for episode 327! They tell us some of the latest news from Gadabout World, and we chat about where to find street art in Paris and weddings in France, and the very exclusive White Dinner they attended last year!

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k&k episode 326 - the one where they talk about the military and tim tams... and stuff...

2010-03-17 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Frog is still wreaking havoc in the k&k boudoir in episode 326, as we talk about an email from a lovely listener, the once-obligatory military service in France, tim tam revolutions, Scottish accents the Highlander pub, s&m parties and Suze, how Katia corrupts American men and toilet paper.

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k&k episode 325 - the one where they talk about stars, scandals and salons... and stuff...

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Everyone's favourite Frog is in the k&k boudoir for episode 325, as we talk about who Frog looks like, Marion Cotillard, tittaes, musicals, recognising stars, the Oscars, photoshopping, scandals and the way they're perceived in different countries, food and wine salons and how to drink port.

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k&k episode 324 - the one where they talk about cultural differences in the workplace... and stuff...

2010-03-10 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

The adorable SarahTexasSarah and Gui are still with us for episode 324, as we discuss cultural differences in the workplace. Gui tells us some stories from his internships in the US and Sarah talks about her experience as an American working in France! From showering with colleagues to free coffee and taco time, it's not wrong, it's just different!

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k&k episode 323 - the one where they talk about texan lurve and moving countries... and stuff...

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We've got the lovely SarahTexasSarah and Gui in the k&k boudoir for episode 323 where, after a chat about our recent fascinating descent into the smelly Paris Sewers, we talk about how Sarah found herself in France and with a Frenchman. We discuss getting married, what it's like to "move countries", the difficulties of learning the language and deciding what country to live in as an "international couple", and what it's like to live so far away from family.

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k&k episode 322 - the one where they talk about songs, scots, suze and stands... and stuff...

2010-03-02 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 322 we get to talking about songs, losing earrings, Bejewelled Blitz, the Highlander, drunken Scottish boys, suze, Paris moments, taxi rides, mike stands.

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k&k episode 321 - the one where they get theatrical... and stuff...

2010-02-28 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 321, we finally get around to celebrating February birthdays and reveal the video version of k&k learn french episode 100! We talk about Kylie's French movie challenge, getting cultured, seeing an hilariously funny Green Paradise play, catching up with Kylie's future in-laws, then we make some theatrical and musical musings and Kylie tells us about a recent musical she saw.

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k&k learn french 100 VIDEO EDItION - avec ma bite et mon couteau

2010-02-28 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

To celebrate the 100th episode of k&k learn french, we've made a super special video version of the show (as well as the usual audio version)! See exactly what happens when we record in the studio!

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k&k episode 320 - the one where they talk about ice cream and pastries with David Lebovitz... and stuff...

2010-02-24 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We've still got David Lebovitz (author of many books including the Sweet Life in Paris, The Perfect Scoop, and the soon to be released Ready for Dessert) in the studio with us for episode 320, where we talk about whether the French eat ice cream in the winter, what makes expats so nostalgic about goodies from home, cultural differences in the perception of food and it's value, how French food culture has changed in recent years, why fast food has become so popular here, why coffee tastes SO unbelievably crap in France, then he tells us about his newest book, Ready for Dessert.

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k&k episode 319 - the one where they discuss food and the art of bribery with David Lebovitz... and stuff...

2010-02-21 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're rather excited to have David Lebovitz (author of many books including the Sweet Life in Paris, The Perfect Scoop, and the upcoming Ready for Dessert) in the k&k boudoir for episode 319. Whilst we eat cupcakes (thank goodness for the Wet Ones), we talk about a wide variety of things, including jelly wrestling (or aspic fighting), getting stuff done in France with food-related bribery, the "francophile phenomenon" and why so many people are enamoured with France, administration woes, how to drink Suze, Korean pancakes, and what effect chefs like Julia Child had on the perception of French food and whether the French can handle "change".

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k&k episode 318 - the one where they talk about castles and camps... and stuff...

2010-02-17 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 318 we talk about nights in castles and 3D movies, then we discuss a question about school camps in America (posed by Alexis of Philexis) and reminisce about childhood camping adventures. Katia brings up a PACs present etiquette dilemma, and then things get heated as we discuss the (in)gloriousness of snow.

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k&k episode 317 - the one where they get triple cultured... and stuff...

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In episode 317 Kylie tells us why her world is falling apart, then we chat extensively about our recent attempt to Get Cultured with a bunch of k&k listeners, by visiting Saint-Chapelle, La Conciergerie and the Cluny Museum (while eating falafel and playing foosball). We also talk about future Get Cultured adventures, meetups around the world and the various things happening in the k&k empire in the next couple of months!

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k&k episode 316 - the one where they talk about saying goodbye... and stuff...

2010-02-10 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

After a highly emotional beginning, we get reflective in episode 316 as we have a long chat about how we have recently said goodbye to some good friends who have left Paris for new and exciting adventures, and the dilemma of being an expat in a city with a high turnover. Kylie then tells us about a recent massage she had, Katia gives an arm update, and we finish the episode with a spider story.

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k&k episode 315 - the one where they rant about getting cultured, socks and apartment living... and stuff...

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We start off episode 315 by talking about our upcoming "k&k get cultured" adventure at Sainte-Chapelle, and what we're planning for our next excursion (anyone up for a Sewer tour?), then we get distracted by discussions about teledaters, nicknames and last weeks episodes with Stephen Clarke, then we get ranty about socks, apartment living and noisy neighbours.

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k&k episode 314 - the one where the learn the truth about French history, according to Stephen Clarke... and stuff...

2010-02-03 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We've still got Stephen Clarke in the studio for episode 314, and he continues to regale us with tales from his upcoming book, 1000 Years of Annoying the French - including dubious battle strategies, the taking of Calais, the truth behind Napoleon's height and Joan of Arc's demise, how Louisiana got sold and the secrets behind Sarkozy's recent visit to England. We then discuss why the French are so proud of their language, the evolution of written French in letters, emails and text messages and the immortels behind deciding what's French and what's not.

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k&k episode 313 - the one where they meet Paul West... and Stephen Clarke... and stuff...

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We're thrilled to welcome Stephen Clarke (author of A Year in the Merde, Talk to the Snail and many more books) in the k&k boudoir for episode 313. We chat about how he found himself in France, why he moved here, which deviates into a discussion of French efficiency and socialising with colleagues. We find out how long he's been in France and why he's stayed, then we talk about A Year in the Merde and other Paul West books and whether or not there is any truth in them, then Stephen tells us all about his next book, 1000 Years of Annoying the French, to be released in March (but available for preorder now!).

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k&k episode 312 - the one where they talk about ads and idiots on the métro... and stuff...

2010-01-27 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 312 we start off by discussing Symphony shenanigans, then Kylie gives us a Lost update and we get heated about ads on tv and going to the pharmacy and doctor in France. Katia talks about something that happened to her on the métro, which leads us to discuss more public transport experiences, and then Katia reveals her secret to getting on the bus first. Kylie then tells us about her most recent Disney visit and her job-hunt.

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k&k episode 311 - the one where they talk about bites and billboards... and stuff...

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We start off episode 311 by opening a present from a fantastic listener, then Kylie makes an announcement and Katia gives an update on her arm, and we chat about Mario Bros, billboards, movie-watching, rhum-rhums and emails written in capital letters.

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k&k episode 310 - the one where they talk (a lot) about tv and whether the gastro really exists... and stuff...

2010-01-20 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 310 we talk extensively about television shows (Lost, the Office, How I Met Your Mother, Glee), Katia asks a few burning questions about Glee clubs and cheerleader uniforms, then we talk about the French tv show "Un dîner presque parfait" and whether gastroenteritis really exists.

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k&k episode 309 - the one where they talk about the seasons and public transport... and stuff...

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In episode 309 we get mighty chatty about a number of interesting things, including the galette des rois tradition and Christmas presents. We update you all on what's happening with k&k tourist tips & learn french, then get to talking about seasonal confusion and season-centric-ness and unusual public transport experiences.

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k&k episode 308 - the one where they discuss heroes and oyster-opening... and stuff...

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After Katia sings out of key (I swear I normally sing better that that), we dedicate episode 308 to The Justin, discussing technical difficulties, further holiday round-ups, sky tv, movies, gîte database, new years eve and oyster opening. Kylie then tells us about catching up with Variri (movie update, wandering around the Champs Elysées, finally going to the Grand Palais), we spend quite some time chatting about snow and how we met up with another listener, Lise from Scotland.

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k&k episode 307 - the one where they wonder about soup and dead-biters... and stuff...

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In episode 307 we are overwhelmed with listener love as we unwrap about a billion presents and cards, and we discuss such things as soup, the babysitters club books, zombies, American goodies, riding in tiny aeroplanes, undertakers and car games!

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k&k episode 306 UNPLUGGED - the one where they learn MORE about cognac... and stuff...

2010-01-07 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're still coasting through the cognac region in episode 306 - you'll hear about our visit to the Bonnin cognac distillery and what else we learned about the art of making cognac and pineau, what we bought at the market in Saint-Jean d'Angely, what we did at Futuroscope, and what we thought of La Rochelle (including the old town, the Aquarium and the road signs).

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k&k episode 305 - the one where they learn all about cognac... and stuff...

2010-01-05 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're full of cognac-y cheer in episode 305 as we chat about our adventures over the New Year period - you'll learn how to choose where to go on holiday and how to pick a gîte, how we learned to take our own advice, what we thought of the Hennessy distillery in Cognac, how much we found out about the history of this delicious beverage, and what we learned when visiting Les Moines Frêres (including the importance of spiders, some cognac-making secrets and exactly how pineau is made).

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k&k episode 304 UNPLUGGED - the one where they contemplate cadeaux and coal... and stuff...

2009-12-30 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're still excited about the holiday season in episode 304, and get to chatting about how Christmas is celebrated in different countries, eating coal, tags on Christmas presents and visiting (or not) private castles.

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k&k episode 303 UNPLUGGED - the one where they eat and drink their way through Christmas... and stuff...

2009-12-27 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're in the country for episode 303, as we talk about what we've done for Christmas, and get tremendously excited about what we've eaten (foie gras, chapon and bûche, just to name a few) and what we've drank (including red wine from Bordeaux, pink Champagne, cognac and old man's jam).

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k&k episode 302 - the one where they get excited about christmas... and stuff...

2009-12-24 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're in the holiday mode in episode 302, and we get to talking about Christmas - the price of trees, decorations, Christmas windows in the department stores, Christmas markets and ferris wheels and our plans for the holidays. We then chat about cannelé and world monopoly, then Kylie tells us about her French movie discovery of the week (être et avoir).

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k&k episode 301 - the one where they rant about raclette and rogue icebergs... and stuff...

2009-12-20 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 301 we get to talking about how much fun we had in the previous episode, the power of twitter, postcards, the joy of raclette and riesling, the excitement of episode 333, strikes and train dramas, snow and carbon footprints.

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k&k episode 300 - the one where they do "previously on katia and kyliemac"... and Froprah takes the stage... and stuff...

2009-12-16 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

And it's episode 300!! We've invited Frog into the studio for this huge milestone in k&k history, where we do what can only be described as The Longest Skit Ever and we reveal our exciting plans for episode 333! Then Froprah comes out to play and we reminisce about the last 300 episodes - we talk about our favourite moments of the show, some of the different locations we've recorded from, our expectations from doing the podcast, the Muffin Man's role in all the shenaniganry, the beginning of the k&k Empire and the Pebble story, whether we've thought about quitting the podcast, our friendship and how it has made the podcast work, and whether we hold back about anything on the show. It's a long one, but it's one of our best ever.

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k&k episode 299 - the one where they breathe heavily and talk about flaming hoochie coochies... and stuff...

2009-12-13 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

With the lovely Frog in the k&k boudoir for episode 299, you can rest assured that things get saucy. We talk about a myriad of things, including Johnny Hallyday, heavy breathing, Star Wars, Flaming Hoochie Coochies, presents from listeners, Green Paradise, the Sound of Music and musical theatre!

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k&k episode 298 - the one where they talk about gay guidebooks... and stuff...

2009-12-09 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Steve is still in the k&k boudoir for episode 298, and after he creates some pretty special sound bites for us, we talk about almost-concrete plans for episode 333, then Steve tells us about a project he's been participating in : 60by80, we talk about fruit and karaoke, then Kylie gives us a French movie-going update.

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k&k episode 297 - the one where they talk about museums, spinning plates and sugar highs... and stuff...

2009-12-06 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're terribly excited episode 297, as we welcome Steve to the k&k boudoir. We reminisce about episode 200, spend quite some time opening a present from a lovely listener, get on a massive sugar high and discuss the massive museum strike that has hit France. We get into a hugely dramatic argument, then we discuss plate spinning, mixing food and fussyness.

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k&k episode 296 UNPLUGGED - the one where they talk about presidential partners... and stuff...

2009-12-02 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 296 we chat about where we want to travel in the next year, the importance of good travel partners, platypus, Carla Bruni, whether presidential partners have the right to have a life of their own and gatecrashing parties.

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k&k episode 295 UNPLUGGED - the one where they record from the room formerly known as the coffee table studio... and stuff...

2009-11-29 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 295 Katia gives an update on her arm, there is much chatting about television shows (Monk, Fringe, X-Files, Lost, X-Factor), spoilers and commercials, and we get distracted by Symphony a number of times. We talk about Kylie's dress sense, movie-watching, traditional thanksgiving foods and thankfulness, and Kylie tells us some stories of cooking with the boys, then Katia gets excited about Christmas decorations and Symphony's brand twitter account.

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k&k episode 294 - the one where they talk about spanking... and stuff...

2009-11-25 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 294 we're a bit delirious, and get to chatting about the new k&k forum, spankings and reading in French, then Kylie gives us a movie update and we natter about tv shows again.

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k&k episode 293 - the one where they talk about birthdays, bites and beavers... and stuff...

2009-11-22 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Get ready for a bit of drama in episode 293, where we talk about hyperconnectivity, cough medicine, the birthday month of november, gas masks, insect bites and a visit to the ER, meeting up with listeners and booty calls, and the introduction of our brand new forum.

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k&k episode 292 - the one where they spend an inordinate amount of time discussing television shows...

2009-11-18 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It's all about pop culture in episode 292, as we talk about glitter, zombie movies, the swine flu, song parties and how on earth Kylie actually knows something about one current musical artist. Kylie then tells us about her computer woes and we get very distracted by talking about some of our favourite tv shows (The Office, HIMYM, Glee, True Blood, Lost, Eastwick,...), and we finish off by chatting a bit about Thanksgiving.

This episode was brought to you by the word "une chanson" (a song).

Psssst. While you're here, you should definitely check out our new and improved forum!

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k&k episode 291 - the one where they talk about bowler hats and french movies... and stuff...

2009-11-15 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We start off episode 291 by determining whether Kylie has ebola or not, then we chat about her recent visit to the Maison de Balzac and the prefecture, we talk about meeting listeners and the birthday month of November, Katia recounts visiting the Musée de l'Automobile in Mulhouse and we finish off with an update on Kylie's French movie-going experience.

This episode was brought to you by the word "une voiture" (a car).

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k&k episode 290 - the one where they talk about eating mushrooms... or not... and stuff...

2009-11-11 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 290, Katia gets very excited as she recounts a tale of gastronomy, fancy-pants-ness and a celebration of mushrooms. Add in a few prickles and a bit of hospital drama, and you've got a somewhat interesting episode.

This episode was brought to you by the word "la gastronomie" (gastronomy).

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k&k episode 289 - the one where they talk about beer, pretzels and x-factor... and stuff...

2009-11-08 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

As we chomp on Halloween goodies sent to us by a lovely listener in episode 289, we chat about preparations for episode 333 and what Kylie did when she visited Disney, we get distracted by X-Factor (ie. the horrificness of Jedward and the nit-invasion), then Kylie tells us what she did and where she went for her holidays (including a visit with the lovely Vivi and playing Wii-Fit Plus with Kimmeh & David).

This episode was brought to you by the word "des poux" (head lice / nits).

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k&k episode 288 UNPLUGGED - the one where they discuss horror movies and café culture... and stuff...

2009-11-04 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We've got more delicious UNPLUGGED action in episode 288 with quite a few random ramblings from the last few months. We chat about The Office and how Kylie has never seen it, horror movies and the pronounciation of this particular genre, café experiences and café culture and falling in the Seine, you'll hear a little bit more from our mini-break in Normandy, we talk more about our (not so) secret hatreds and smoking in airports.

This episode was brought to you by the word "tomber" (to fall).

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k&k episode 287 UNPLUGGED - the one where they discuss how they feel about trees... and stuff...

2009-11-01 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Even though we are traipsing around France this weekend, we refuse to leave you with nothing to listen to, so we are proud to present some more unplugged action in episode 287, where we talk about feeding the pigeons, how Frog really feels about trees and what happens during "muck week" and on the weekends in a boarding house. Be warned : there is RANtAGE.

This episode was brought to you by the phrase "point barre" (full stop / period).

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k&k episode 286 - the one where they get confused about time changes... and stuff...

2009-10-28 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We get to chatting about many and varied things in episode 286, such as Daylight Savings and time changes across the world, the role that the Babysitters Club has played in Katia's understanding of American culture and the tv shows we watched when we were growing up. Kylie then tells us about going to a concert, how Spotify helped her appreciate it and going to Katiefornia's birthday party, then we talk about All Saints Day, Halloween and Disney, and we finish off with some fruit.

This episode was brought to you by the word "Toussaint" (All Saints Day).

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k&k episode 285 - the one where they eat lollies for half the show... and stuff...

2009-10-25 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We spend the first half of episode 285 eating lollies and talking about meeting up with listeners, postcards and presents (including milk duds and moist towelettes), and Katia talks about spending a week in Mulhouse (which involved strange dialects, mushrooms, sauerkraut, pigs feet, much wine and learning new learn french expressions).

This episode was brought to you by the phrase "pieds de cochon" (pigs feet).

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k&k episode 284 UNPLUGGED - the one where they talk about text messages, traffic and tv watching... and stuff...

2009-10-21 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We are still going UNPLUGGED with various guests in episode 284, as we discuss spiders, getting up early, random text messages, big bottoms, new shoes, heavy traffic, book reading and digestion, unwelcome commentary on behaviour, watching tv whilst eating, dreams about Symphony and noisy neighbours.

This episode was brought to you by the word "la circulation" (traffic).

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k&k episode 283 UNPLUGGED - the one where they waffle about waffles... and stuff...

2009-10-18 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're thrilled to present another k&k UNPLUGGED for episode 283! Featuring the sultry voice of Frog, we discuss "dears", the weather, lullabies, bélettes, adventures travelling on the highways, mousse au chocolat, bejeweled blitz (again), wind turbines, musical catastrophes and secret hatreds.

This episode was brought to you by the word "l'autoroute" (f) (motorway / freeway / highway).

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k&k episode 282 - the one where they talk about toe-niversaries and bejeweled championships... and stuff...

2009-10-14 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We start episode 282 by planting a seed of intrigue (what DO we have planned for the end of the year?), then we talk about receiving a super set of k&k coasters, toe-niversaries, what brings people to Paris in October, mobile phone use in schools and bejewelled addiction. We finish off with a discussion of beer and port and the power of marketing.

This episode was brought to you by the word "le porto" (Port).

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k&k episode 281 - the one where they talk about swim fish backwards... and stuff...

2009-10-11 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It's a bit giggly in episode 281, as we start off with a confession by Kyliemac and a tale of thai food and excessive consumption of saké, then Kylie tells us about celebrating Heather's birthday at the VIP room (Grandma Mac came out to play), she gives us a University Update, then asks us to hold her accountable. For what? You'll have to listen to find out! We then talk about line dancing, the postcard exchange and we call out Frog, then we reveal our plans for (un)episode 300 and, more importantly, episode 333!

This episode was brought to you by the word "une boîte de nuit" (a nightclub).

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k&k episode 280 - the one where they talk about being on the walk of fame... and stuff...

2009-10-07 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Episode 280 starts off with a discussion of weather and tears, and then there's the thrill of unveiling a very exciting present from our friend and listener, Dani. We chat about blogging vs podcasting and how much we love listener feedback, and then we talk about some of the listener travel stories we've received lately (such as traveling extensively as a youngster and some of the culture shock involved in moving to another country that speaks the same language). We then discuss the eating of fondue and ice-cream, a dining experience in a Polish crypt (replete with perogies and what can only be described as a "live show"), and announce the opening of our friend's etsy shop, Suis le fil.

This episode was brought to you by the word "une crypte" (a crypt).

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k&k episode 279 - the one where they talk about the weather and white knights... and stuff...

2009-10-04 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We start off episode 279 with a discussion of the weather and sweaty kids, snuggies, sticky fingers and a post PUI analysis. We then chat about white knights and la Nuit Blanche, twittering, episode 300 preparations, the upcoming SOS booksale, uncoordination, the birthday month of october and exchanging postcards..

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k&k episode 278 - the one where they discover the limits of PUI... and stuff...

2009-09-30 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

The sillyness continues with Frog in episode 278, as we put out a call for a sponsor for moist towelettes for the k&k boudoir, we open an amazing gift sent to us by some very talented listeners (the wonderful designers at Ragehaus), chat about Spotify, and then we talk about pee-ers, rockers and people asking questions. And there's something about Philadelphia.

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k&k episode 277 - the one where they explore the limits of PUI... and stuff...

2009-09-27 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

With the incorrigable Frog in the k&k boudoir for episode 277, it goes without saying that things get a little naughty! We talk about drinking large amounts of wine, Australian expressions, nightmares, bachelors, bachelorettes and how much Kylie is worth, signature dishes and different m&ms. Frog tells us about his summer holidays, including the beauty of Bulgaria and romantic Romania, and Kylie tells us about her Midnight Train to Romania experience a few years ago.

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k&k episode 276 - the one where they talk about dates and kissing... or not... and stuff...

2009-09-23 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It's a descent into pure chaos in episode 276 - we talk about alternative meanings of the word "date" and naughtyness in the live chat, la rentrée, post office revolutions, the french kissing ban, k&k alternative greetings, meeting up with listeners, bachelorette bidding and some exciting voicemails.

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k&k episode 275 - the one where they talk about bébé baleines... and stuff...

2009-09-20 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Katia finishes off her tales of her summer holidays in episode 275, with flight upgrades, tummy bugs, baby throwing, catching up with family and friends, native animal sightings, visits to tropical desert island paradises (including swimming on the Great Barrier Reef, sailing, incredible beaches and lots of wildlife) and football adventures. We finish off the episode with some reflections on how good it was to go home, and then discuss Kyliemac going up for auction as a bachelorette!

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k&k episode 274 - the one where Katia talks a bit more about Beirut... and stuff...

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Katia's tales of travelling around Lebanon continue in episode 274, as she talks about national pride, rebuilding, cultural differences, safety, currency, food fun, hubbly bubblies, valet services, beaches (or lack thereof), road blocks, learning arabic and being culturally sensitive.
We finish off with a last minute discussion of the PUA Gala-Ball.

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k&k episode 273 - the one where Katia talks about Beirut... and stuff...

2009-09-13 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 273 it's Katia's turn to talk about her summer holidays in Lebanon, including unexpected encounters in the airport, crazy driving, party time in Beirut, a visit to the ancient ruins of Byblos, the caves of Jeita and a Lebanese winery, and some of her first impressions of the country, such as what it was like to visit a place that had been so severely hit by civil war.

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k&k episode 272 - the one where they talk about chocolatey bacon and 24 hour shopping... and stuff...

2009-09-09 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Chaos ensues in episode 272, as we eat some chocolatey bacon and Kylie continues to talk about her trip back to the US over the summer - including visits to the dentist, flying, a Grandma Mac moment, Renn Faires and 24 hour shopping. We talk about how things have changed since we last went back to our respective countries and how we feel about that, and we finish off with a discussion about the post office.

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k&k episode 271 - the one where the show must go on! despite technical difficulties... and stuff...

2009-09-06 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Even in the face of technical difficulties and chaos, k&k are BACK! In episode 271 we talk about racoon eyes, wearing colour, new and exciting m&ms, headphones, wings, birthday months, the order of the seasons, birthday celebrations and boat rides. Then Kylie tells a little about her trip back to the US over the summer (to be continued...).

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k&k episode 270 - the one where they answer more kritical kuestions... and stuff...

2009-09-02 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It's very very very late at night, but we continue with the kritical kuestions in episode 270 : our favourite tv shows when we were children, the most dramatic surgeries we've ever had, what music cds are we most ashamed of owning, what was the name of our favourite childhood toys and more!

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k&k episode 269 - the one where they answer the kritical kuestions... and stuff...

2009-08-30 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 269 you'll get to know Katia and Kyliemac just a little bit better, as we answer some of the kritical kuestions that we made people answer during the episode 200 celebrations : favourite m&m flavour, favourite Parisian landmark, favourite French food, what we don't miss about our respective countries and much, much more!

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k&k episode 268 UNPLUGGED - the one where they talk about pigs, musicals and smoking... and stuff...

2009-08-26 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

More unplugged-ness is the order of the day in episode 268, with a pig-related confession, a discussion of some of the things that inspire our speech (musicals, tv shows & internet sensations), some after-hours chat, a rant about cigarette butts over dinner, and a visit to Normandy.

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k&k episode 267 - the one where they discover that's what friends are for... and stuff...

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Inspired by our lovely friend Dani who spent a few months in Paris in 2008, we chat with Kathryn about friendship in episode 267 : making friends as expats, what constitutes friendship for anglophones vs the french, keeping in touch with friends back home and across the world, permanency vs temporaryness as expats, talking to new people, making new friends, how the internet has helped us make friends, and how the expat experience has changed us all.

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k&k episode 266 UNPLUGGED - the one where they talk about champagne, calvados and pee... and stuff...

2009-08-19 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It's time for some more unplugged action in episode 266! We go to ikea, discuss champagne, crémant and sparkling wines, learn about calvados, reflect on pee, visit a farm, search for accommodation and talk like pirates.

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k&k episode 265 - the one where they talk about exchanging languages... and stuff...

2009-08-16 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Frog graciously deigned to help us out for episode 265, as we discuss learning language beyond the traditional classroom experience : through language exchanges. We talk about how to get the most out of a language exchange, how to find a good language partner and what, and how such experiences have helped each of us learn languages.

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k&k episode 264 UNPLUGGED - the one where they talk about cheese, ferries and bébé belettes... and stuff...

2009-08-12 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We've got some more unplugged action happening in episode 264, with a rant about smoking, a lament about cheese, a ferry moment, a booger discussion, some bébé belette excitement, a cheese story and an exclamation about a moat.

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k&k episode 263 - the one where they talk about secret Paris... and stuff...

2009-08-09 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

With the lovely Heather Stimmler-Hall in the k&k boudoir for episode 263, we chat about what inspired Heather to become a tour guide, some of the adventures she has had as a travel professional in France, the importance of preparation and asking the right questions, whether climbing the Eiffel Tower means you've "seen Paris", different travelling styles, the benefits of custom tours and how to herd people. We finish off by talking about what drew her to Paris and what keeps her here.

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k&k episode 262 UNPLUGGED - the one where they talk about noisy heads and amusement parks... and stuff...

2009-08-05 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're pleased to present the first k&k UNPLUGGED for the summer in episode 262. We discuss a multitude of topics : noisy heads, crayons and learn french, accomodation hunts, amusement parks and earworms.

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k&k episode 261 - the one where they do Fashion Watch Summer 2009... and stuff...

2009-08-02 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

From a café in the Marais with the delightful Kathryn, we're very pleased to present Fashion Watch Summer 2009 in episode 261! You'll hear all about what's hot and what's not on the Paris streets this summer, from frilly and frou-frou to casual and comfy!

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k&k episode 260 - the one where they talk about going on a summer holiday... and stuff...

2009-07-28 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're very excited in episode 260, as we chat all about what we've got planned for the summer - Kylie is returning to "her America" for some fun in the sun, and Katia is heading back to Australia via Lebanon. We discuss what we're planning to see, do and eat, including reassimilating our respective languages, spending time with family and friends and shopping on Sundays!

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k&k episode 259 - the one where they talk about medical dramas, porn cups and compliments... and stuff...

2009-07-26 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 259 we ham it up as we chat about pinheads, lights, lentils (and how katia and kyliemac saves lives), what to do with x-rays, weird weather and indian tours of Paris, the ultimate lame-o beach (Paris Plage), porno cup adventures, French KFC and how to take a compliment.

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k&k episode 258 - the one where they talk about education and lentils... and stuff...

2009-07-22 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 258 we talk about zombies, camping out for concerts, Kylie gives us a University Update (which derails into a long conversation about the differences in educational opportunities in different countries), then we chat about the tour de France, glasses and contact lenses.

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k&k episode 257 - the one where they talk about pools and picnics... and stuff...

2009-07-19 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're back in the Not Coffee table Studio for episode 257, and talk about feedback and sound, the end of our trip to the Bordeaux region (including speaking in French, excessive poolage, frecklification, totally awesome car games, roadside fireworks and truck stops) and what happened at the fantastically fun Bastille Day picnic!

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k&k episode 256 - the one where they sleep in, spelunk and splash... and stuff...

2009-07-15 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

The adventures continue in episode 256, as we sip Muffitos(tm), Frog calls his dad a gangster and we talk about what we did (and didn't do) during our trip to the Bordeaux region : sleeping in, guilt trips, being a Marseillais(e)), pet peeves, architectural discussions, a visit to Saint-Emilion (which included Saint-Emilion's hermit cave, the catacombs, the underground church, the fort, macaron and cannelé tasting), cooking lessons with frog's mum and lots of pool time!

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k&k episode 255 - the one where they talk about bikinis, speedos and comme elle est chaude... and stuff...

2009-07-13 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Things are heating up in episode 255, as we recount our travels across the French countryside with the delicious Frog (and the Muffin Man), visiting some very special people and recording in "our" fancy new country studio. With much excitement, we talk about traffic jams on long weekends, how to entertain yourself during long car rides, turkish toilets, families, bikinis, speedos, pool temperatures, names and national holidays.

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k&k episode 254 - the one where they talk about naked guys and feet on seats... and stuff...

2009-07-05 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Episode 254 starts off with a bang, as we rant about naked guys, feet on seats, sirens, dvd rental updates, the recent changes to the VAT (or TVA in French) and whether these changes can really be seen in real life and adventures with beer.

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k&k episode 253 - the one where they talk about the world challenging Kylie to Bejewelled... and stuff...

2009-07-05 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're exhuberant in episode 253, as we discuss the presence of parental figures in the chat, July birthdays and American birthday celebrations, the Bejewelled war, water balloons, school holidays and scheduling in our respective countries, broken bones and dramatic head injuries, the Abbey Bookshop's 20th Anniversary celebration, the "heatwave" in Paris and why this city is so ill-equipped for hot weather (including reminiscing about swimming as kids, power outages and fire safety).

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k&k episode 252 - the one where grandma mac comes out to play... and stuff...

2009-07-01 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We've still got the lovely Kathryn with us for episode 252, where we chat extensively about the fête de la musique, Kylie tells us about visiting the Château de Vincennes (or not?) and Hard Rock Café. We digress into discussions about pulled pork, scuba diving and the Père-Lachaise cemetary, drafts, working naked, cold water, ice cubes, catching cold and boogery fingers.

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k&k episode 251 - the one where they talk about michael jackson and mp3s... and stuff...

2009-06-28 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

With the dynamic Kathryn in the NCTS for episode 251, we chat about Spotted By Locals, birthday months, purple and Gay Pride, Michael Jackson, mp3 downloads, the hadopi law and illegal downloading.

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k&k episode 250 - the one where they talk about making blunders... and stuff...

2009-06-24 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We get very excited about episode 250 with the lovely Vivi. We chat about the fête de la musique, scientology debates, father's and mother's day, encounters of the spider, cockroach and zombie kind, picnics under the eiffel tower, cupcakes, the "no drinking after 4pm in public parks" law (and how Frog gets around it), fighter pilots, a morality lesson and Katia tells a tale of putting her foot in her mouth.

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k&k episode 249 - the one where they talk about castles, medieval cities and other geekery... and stuff...

2009-06-21 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're thrilled to have the lovely Vivi in the studio for episode 249. We chat about the famous frog chair, Vivi's adorable accent and cute hair, limo services, the Château de Vincennes, bouchons from Troyes, what we're all going to do, bring and eat as we travel this summer, "ren fairs", the Provins medieval festival, medieval taverns and clubs.

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k&k episode 248 - the one where they talk about having the finger on the pulse... and stuff...

2009-06-17 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We continue chatting with Heather Stimmler-Hall for episode 248, and we talk about how Secrets of Paris is always on top of What's On in Paris (such as artist "open doors" and horse races), the château of Chantilly and the famous stables, the château of Cheverny and it's residents, we make some embarrassing confessions and Heather tells us a bit about what it's like to update guide books. Then, as we chat about some of the more interesting questions she's been sent by readers, Heather launches a contest on the show : have you ever wanted to know something about Paris, France or the French and never been able to find out the answer? Ask Heather, and you'll be in the running to win a fantastic prize!

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k&k episode 247 - the one where they talk about naughty awards... and stuff...

2009-06-14 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We always get cheeky with Heather Stimmler-Hall, and episode 247 is no exception! We chat about our sexy new studio, the award she won for the Naughty Paris Guide, Sacre Coeur, medal-wearing, sexual conservatism and the differences between Paris, London and New York, dressing-up, exclusive white picnics, limo services for our guests, what movies parents should show their children before they travel to Paris to make sure they behave, taxi horror stories, and some more on the book fair.

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k&k episode 246 - the one where they talk about wasp attacks and whether spiders jump... and stuff...

2009-06-10 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 246 we discuss chaotic Symphony moments in the Not Coffee table Studio and we reveal what happens after we record, then we chat about Obama being in France for the D-Day ceremonies, frozen sushi, meeting up with listeners for drinks, wasp attacks, fake shutters, what firemen in France do with wasps, Pierre's experience with spiders in Australia, whether lobsters scream and the French obsession with good jam.

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k&k episode 245 - the one where they discuss the advantages and disadvantages of speedos... and stuff...

2009-06-07 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're finally nicely settled in the Not Coffee table Studio for episode 245,Katia makes a confession, and we ask what would YOU do if someone had something stuck in their teeth, which leads us to a lengthy swimsuit discussion. We then chat about lame-o beaches, the fun of the live shows and the NCtS, birthday months and missing out on parties, youtube sensations, symphony moments, crazy fake gypsy ladies and name-calling.

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k&k episode 244 - the one where they learn about an alternative method of hair removal... and stuff...

2009-06-04 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Episode 244 is an episode of pure chaos, as we discuss a myriad of truly random things : what Frog was wearing, the Cannes film festival, the stagnancy of the Mediterranean sea and tidal behaviour, dramatic jellyfish encounters in France, hairballs and unusual yoga positions. We open some very exciting boxes that were sent to us from Intern Noonan, we chat for a while about American candy, and then we talk about having a spontaneous picnic under the Eiffel tower (including pee-stops, operatic arias and encounters with the police!).

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k&k episode 243 - the one where they get excited about the Not Coffee Table Studio... and stuff...

2009-06-01 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're terribly excited in episode 243, because not only is Frog on the show, but we're also inaugurating the NEW Not Coffee Table Studio! We describe how we surprised Frog with the revelation of the new studio, and how we put it all together, with trips to Ikea, hours of ironing and more! There is also a great deal of discussion about the use of words like "poof" and "shag".

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k&k episode 242 - the one where they learn about the laws in Arkansas... and stuff...

2009-05-27 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Things derail very quickly in episode 242, and we spend quite a bit of time yelling at Symphony, but what's new? We talk about bridges and public holidays in the month of May in France, movie-going experiences (including Wolverine, cigarette smoke and dvd rentals), Japanese food in France and the adventures behind meeting up with a listener from Montpellier. Katia then screws up an explanation of Queens Birthday Holiday and Kyliemac eloquently explains Presidents Day, and we talk about drinking cocktails, crazy laws in Arkansaw and Katia explains why she got a fine.

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k&k episode 241 - the one where they talk about the mini-break challenge... and stuff...

2009-05-24 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We start off episode 241 by celebrating the birthday month of May and the launch of k&k get blogged. We chat about tic tacs and coffee bean incidents, the mini-break challenge, with entries like rum-soaked wafers, strange vegetables and Suze!

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k&k episode 240 - the one where they wonder what there is to DO in Paris... and stuff...

2009-05-20 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We start off episode 240 by scratching scratchcards and revealing the truth about "French toast", then we chat about Disneyland, company perks, theme parks, presents, the Ice Saints (or the Saints de Glace), free museums for young people and wonder what there is to actually DO in Paris. We get excited for Heather, Kylie gives us a university update and we talk about her mythical wall of jars.

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k&k episode 239 - the one where they reveal childhood secrets that might have been better left unrevealed... and stuff...

2009-05-17 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 239 we talk about k&k unplugged, we do a round-up of our last mini-break (including bbqs, pools, anti-tourism and spontaneously silly party games which result in some interesting childhood revelations), then we discuss the mythical "French 35 hour work week".

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k&k episode 238 UNPLUGGED - the one where they talk like pirates... or about pirates... and stuff...

2009-05-13 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

There's more casual k&k in episode 238 UNPLUGGED! You can hear us hanging out in our gîte (on mini-break #2 of 2009, Loire Valley Edition), chatting about piracy laws, video stores, netflix in france & sweding.

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k&k episode 237 UNPLUGGED - the one where they go to chenonceau... and stuff...

2009-05-10 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Hang on to your hats, kids, it's time for episode 237 UNPLUGGED!! We're on the road in the Loire Valley, and with the exciting new concept of k&k UNPLUGGED, you'll feel like you're right there with us! As we drive, you'll hear us talk about previous (mis)adventures in the region, you'll walk with us through Chenonceau, then you'll sit with us in our gîte as we discuss what we thought of the castle.

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k&k episode 236 - the one where they talk about the best birthday presents ever... and stuff...

2009-05-06 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

The excitement levels are high in episode 236, as we open a present sent from a listener, then Katia recounts what she did for her birthday - including a teppanyaki dinner in Paris with the best birthday presents ever (such as rude sake glasses and castles) and a trip to Barcelona (and we cover topics such as sightseeing, siestas, time differences and tapas).

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k&k episode 235 - the one where they yell mayday... and stuff...

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There are many and varied subjects on the board in episode 235 : tiaras, pouting and picnics, weather, public holidays, May Day, buying flowers, the suicidal platypus, Labour Day arguments, cult films like "Brice de Nice", cultural references across the world, time travel and university updates.

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k&k episode 234 - the one where kylie lets katia swear... and stuff...

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Things have gone sersiously downhill in episode 234, and you get to hear what happens when Katia and Kyliemac decide to podcast after midnight. There is discussion about cowboys, margaritas, mojitos, dodgy restaurants, the politics of sending food back, bloody meat, gas masks and more foodstuffs that we don't like.

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k&k episode 233 - the one where they argue over what a beach is... and stuff...

2009-04-26 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We chat for quite some time in episode 233 about our respective summer holiday plans and everything in between - Kylie tells us why she's going back to the US in summer and not in winter, there's a heated debate about the definition of a "beach", Katia talks about their upcoming trip to Lebanon and Australia and we discuss plane ticket prices, travel agents and different types of tickets.

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k&k episode 232 - the one where they talk about what it's REALLY like to be away from home... and stuff...

2009-04-22 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Episode 232 is a reflective one. After a discussion about our different ways of speaking (again), we talk about some people we met from London and their expat experiences, which leads us to revisit the topic of expats versus immigrants, what makes some people decide move overseas, accents and homesickness.

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k&k episode 231 - the one where they decide to live in a castle... and stuff...

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In episode 231 we talk, amongst other things, about the arrival of more babies, what kind of castle we want to mini-break in, what pizza and rabbits have in common and the continued celebrations of birthday months.

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k&k episode 230 - the one where they talk a bit more about their mini-break in Normandy... and stuff...

2009-04-15 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're still in Normandy in episode 230, and accompanied by Kathryn we continue to talk about out adventures in the country, including visiting markets, taste-testing local products (such as cider, pommeau and calvados), spotting local wildlife and more... But we digress quite a bit too on subjects such as school hours and driveways.

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k&k episode 229 - the one where they talk about their mini-break in Normandy... and stuff...

2009-04-13 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We take the show on the road in episode 229 and tell you all about our spontaneous mini-break in Normandy. From our "country house" and with the lovely Kathryn by our side we talk about last-minute holiday planning, gîtes, travelling around France and more!

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k&k episode 228 - the one where they tell terrifying tales of travel and trauma... and stuff...

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In episode 228 we lay out yet another interesting topic on the coffee table - how prudent should you really be when you're travelling & what sorts of precautions should you take? We tell some pretty interesting travel tales & wonder what we would do in a sticky situation.

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k&k episode 227 - the one where they talk about death rattles and being recognised... and stuff...

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Amidst some wheezing and sneezing, we cover quite a few interesting topics in episode 227 : allergies, the SOS booksale, meeting listeners, what it's like to be recognised, more disney adventures and marching band fun, and babies!

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k&k episode 226 - the one where they wonder about uprooting and replanting... with kids... and stuff...

2009-04-01 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Things get very reflective in episode 226, as we talk about what it would take to uproot a family and live in another country - what has to be done to really "experience" another country and the difference between a migrant and an expat.

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k&k episode 225 - the one where they work on their pronounciation... and stuff...

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Chaos ensues in episode 225, as we start off with a very special "dear", and we discuss maths, toes, social comas, toilet lights, spiders, words and wankers, accents, babies, peeps and presents.

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k&k episode 224 - the one where they talk about birthday obligations and how to eat hot dogs... and stuff....

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There's a lot of rantage happening in episode 224, as we discuss the superstitions around Friday 13th and birthday obligations, and we cover Kyliemac's public shaming. We also talk about getting your fingers caught in the métro doors and experiences with ticket controllers, the way we've seen French people eat hot dogs and hamburgers, and the best job in the world.

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k&k episode 223 - the one where they talk about frames and ridiculously large brioche... and stuff...

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In episode 223 we get to talking about frame hunting, monkey heads, weekends of fun, the drink of the year, our recent adventures at a french food fair (with plenty of cognac and other delicious things), daffodils, the weather and general strikes.

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k&k episode 222 - the one where they realise that the cameras are still running... and stuff...

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After a chaotic start, Animesh continues to tell us about the highlights of his adventures in India in episode 222, and makes some interesting reflections about the way things have changed since he last visited. We derail on everything from arranged marriages to indian-chinese food to old school teachers to infomercials

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k&k episode 221 - the one where they talk about planes, trains and elephants... and stuff...

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We're terribly excited to welcome Animesh back into the coffee table studio for episode 221, as he regales us with tales of his recent trip back to his homeland of India. We get to hear all about welcoming committees and train rides, and gleefully open some presents.

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k&k episode 220 - the one where Katia decides that Americans discriminate against the "H" and Kylie decides that Italians discriminate against side dishes... and stuff...

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We listen to a few voicemails, then things get heated in episode 220 as sweeping delcarations are made about Americans and Italians. It all quickly goes to heck as we discuss doors, drafts, neighbours and peeing habits. And moose. It's seriously classy. We also throw out the challenge to figure out a Secret Sound that mysteriously popped up in a recent k&k Learn French.

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k&k episode 219 - the one where they try to name the kid... and stuff...

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As requested, things get gossipy in episode 219 when as we talk about Carla Bruni's plans to have a baby, which leads to a lengthy discussion about our friend Kimmeh's current dilemma - trying to choose a baby name that is pronouncable in both English and French. We also get to chatting about refrigerators and food expos.

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k&k episode 218 - the one where they talk about Paris getting bigger... and stuff...

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With our mouths full of Tim Tams we get into a heated discussion in episode 218 about the definition of Paris and its suburbs and plans to change this definition, led by the ever-provocative Frog with a Blog. We talk a little about the way the economic crisis is affecting Paris and get excited about Nouvelle Star.

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k&k episode 217 - the one where they talk about the Queen Mum Filter... and stuff...

2009-03-01 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Episode 217 (featuring Frog with a Blog) starts off with zombie talk, then we discuss doing the show live via ustream and we react to some feedback on our k&k learn french episodes. Kylie then tells us about getting her carte de séjour renewed, & we discuss French administration and the adventures behind procuring birth certificates, then wonder what type of glasses Kyliemac should get next.

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k&k episode 216 - the one where they talk about pretzels and bretzels... and stuff...

2009-02-25 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We start off episode 216 by discussing the logistics of having people watch us live on ustream as we record the show, then we talk about Disney, knitted hats, cakes and gateaux, cupcake shops and pretzels, and the way that access to stuff from "back home" has changed in the time we've lived in France. We listen to a voicemail that a listener left, having been inspired by a tourist tip. And we giggle a lot.

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k&k episode 215 - the one where they talk about assigned seating and muppet scarves... and stuff...

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It's eclectic, is episode 215 : we talk about rhum-rhum inspired genius, haircuts, movie-going experiences, assigned seating, muppet scarves, jaeger bombs, red bull in France and card playing.

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k&k episode 214 - the one where they discuss valentines and friday the 13th... and stuff...

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With The Justin still hanging about the Coffee Table Studio, we tackle a number of serious issues in episode 214 : how to deal with zombie invasions, how things come to be named, Valentines Day and Friday the 13th and how they're viewed in France, when and how one should bise the bar girl and how to deal with telemarketers. And then we make a special announcement.

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k&k episode 213 - the one where they talk about dolls and disney... and stuff...

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After a discussion about Phil and Alexis and some talk of the fires in Australia, and with The Justin back in the coffee table studio, we talk all about surprise concerts and mouse house adventures in episode 213!

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k&k episode 212 - the one where they learn about the Kyliemac School Of Child Discipline... and stuff...

2009-02-11 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 212 we discuss headphones, couch surfing and zombies, which leads to Kylie describing some new and exciting child-rearing techniques she has been employing recently, the galette des rois and chandeleur.

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k&k episode 211 - the one where they rant about courants d'air... and stuff...

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Episode 211 is one of those episodes where one derailment leads to another which leads to another and then it all goes downhill from there: snow, scarves, mini-skirts, courants d'air (drafts), overheating and slippers. This all leads to a tutoyer and vousvoyer debate, which leads to a discussion of how people should correct us when we speak French. We then talk about webbed toes, work doctors and strike days.

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k&k episode 210 - the one where they decide they'll have to go back to Burgundy... and stuff...

2009-02-04 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It is our great pleasure, in episode 210, to actually pay attention to the Pity Guest we found lurking in the Coffee Table Studio, The Justin. He doesn't tell us much about what he's doing in Paris, but he does tell us all about what he's doing in France - how he got here, why he's here, and what his corner of France is like.

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k&k episode 209 - the one where they learn about foot fishing... and stuff...

2009-02-01 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We start off episode 209 by talking about an American expression that Katia is confused about, then Kylie talks about her New Years Eve experience, and Katia recounts the trip that she and the Muffin Man took to Brittany, involving seafood, fishing and giant rocks. Oh, and we have a guest. But he wasn't really supposed to be there.

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k&k episode 208 - the one where they geek out over buffy... and stuff...

2009-01-28 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We get seriously geeky in episode 208, and in the guise of doing one of Kylie's University Updates, we spend a very considerable amount of time talking about Buffy, Angel and everything in between. Then we actually talk about some relevant things, like snow... and stuff... and we excitedly open a goodie box sent to us by our lovely friend Dani!

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k&k episode 207 - the one where they talk about The Plague... and stuff...

2009-01-25 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're pleased to annouce the return (although not quite to form) of k&k in episode 207! It's an episode of apologies, explanations, descriptions of plague-like symptoms, allergy comparisons, goodie-eating, as well as a recap of Christmas activities, including over-eating, adventures in the snow and Tarot.

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k&k episode 206 - the one where they go backstage at the Oscars... sortof... and stuff...

2008-12-28 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

With guest host Dani in the Coffee Table Studio (yes, we have had this one up our sleevesies for a little while), we step into the world of glitz and glamour in super episode 206!

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k&k episode 205 - the one where they try to decide between macarons and chocolates... and stuff...

2008-12-24 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

After talkng at length about rhum-rhums and everything in between, we pretend to be cultured for a while in episode 205, as we discuss a recent theatre outing where we watched Frog and Colin perform marvellously as we drank champagne out of plastic cups.

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k&k episode 204 - the one where they talk about bites and beets... and stuff...

2008-12-21 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It's everything about nothing in episode 204, where we discuss elephants, Intern-Noonan's visit, Disney, marching bands, editing over-sights, bites and beets, jalapeños, sitting on santa's lap, fire trucks and christmas lunches.

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k&k episode 203 - the one where Intern Noonan lives up to his name... and stuff...

2008-12-17 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

After we spend some time ranting about garlands, Kelly and Christmas music, Intern Noonan regales us with gifts in episode 203, then we get distracted by words for a bit.

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k&k episode 202 - the one where they talk about what happened behind the scenes... and stuff...

2008-12-14 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

A week later and we're still on a bit of a high in episode 202!

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k&k episode 201 - the one where they go live for the first time, in Paris (part 2)... and stuff...

2008-12-10 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

The shenanigans continue in the live episode 201, with a feisty intern showdown, more intriguing debates, including discussions about Carla Bruni, chivalry and the smoking ban, lots of ambiance supplied by an amazing crowd, then Kathryn, Steve and Frog finish off the show with a song.

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k&k episode 200 - the one where they go live for the first time, in Paris... and stuff...

2008-12-07 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Pour yourself a drink and get comfortable! Filled with laughter, very special guests, hilarious debates, a few nerves and so much shouting and applause from the audience that you could have heard it right across Paris - it is with immense pleasure that we bring you episode 200, live from Paris!

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k&k episode 199 - the one where kylie gives katia permission to put the christmas decorations up... and stuff...

2008-12-03 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It's pure k&k goodness in episode 199, as we engage in discussions about our favourite m&ms, the advantages of carrying around a crutch, thanksgiving in France and how to find a turkey in Paris. We revisit the hugging and kissing debate, then Kyliemac tells Katia all about Black Friday sales, and we talk about snow, Christmas decorations, caroling at Notre Dame and Christmas wishlists. We also chat a bit about Tracey & Pierre, get excited about international k&k meetups, hear from a listener then giggle excessively in anticipation of the shenaniganery surrounding episode 200!

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k&k episode 198 - the one where they talk about arranged marriages... and stuff...

2008-11-30 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

There is more Animesh to be had in episode 198! Animesh picks on Katia a bit, then, after we get distracted by the topic of kleptomania and Kyliemac, he talks about some of his "culture shock" experiences in moving to France, such as what he thinks of hugs and kisses, then we discuss arranged marriages, greetings, smoking, public transport, small business ownership and m&ms.

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k&k episode 197 - the one where they discuss the beauty of live streaming audio and free speech... and stuff...

2008-11-28 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're thrilled that Animesh stuck around for episode 197! We start off with some dream analysis and chat about some alternative submissions to the contests for episode 200, after which Animesh talks more about the "culture shock" (or lack thereof?) he experienced when he moved to America - including mixed messages from the media, the atm card phenomenon, the beauty of live streaming audio, different teaching methods, drinking habits, theatre groups, improv troupes and free speech.

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k&k episode 196 - the one where they learn about temples of sex and that america is NOT fraught with debauchery... and stuff...

2008-11-26 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're thrilled to welcome yet another new guest, the charming Animesh with the enchanting accent, into the Coffee Table Studio for episode 196! We cover such topics as international k&k meetups, continued dramas in French Emergency Rooms, temples of sex and Indian geography, then Animesh tells us a little about what brought him to France (via America) - flutes, trojans and whether America is really like it is portrayed in the movies. And, of course, there is some culture shock. We finish off the episode by opening a very exciting present sent to us by a listener, and reveal some details about how you will be able to see the events surrounding episode 200, even if you're not in Paris!

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k&k episode 195 - the one where they talk about hugs and kisses... and stuff...

2008-11-23 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 195 Katia gets excited about her new phone, the topic of Christmas decorations comes up again, Kyliemac gets excited about powerpoint presentations, and then we rant for quite some time about the differences between hugging and kissing and greetings in France and our respective countries, as well as acceptable kissing (as a greeting) techniques. And of course, because apparently we can't let an episode go by without discussing zombies, we ... discuss zombies. Again.

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k&k episode 194 - the one where they talk about bookshops and armadillo attacks... and stuff...

2008-11-19 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're pretending to be well-read in episode 194, as Kyliemac recounts some book readings she's recently attended (David Sedaris & Stephen Clarke), and we discuss our favourite English bookshops in Paris as well as the prizes that are up for grabs for the-episode 200 contests! Katia also does a toe update, which raises the topic of accessibility to transport in Paris.

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k&k episode 193 - the one where Dani takes them on a european tour, and then they eat some chocolate... and stuff...

2008-11-16 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 193, Dani tells us about what brings her to France, how to get in to the Bibliothèque National de France (French National Library) and whether her French has improved since arriving, then recounts some tales of her trips around Europe, including Belgium (we love our Belgian listeners, but apparently Dani went to Brussels on a day when everyone got out of the wrong side of the bed, or maybe it's just the men that are a bit sleazier than we're used to?), Venice and Poland (Krakow, Auschwitz & Birkenau). We chat about how it feels to see the physical consequences of the various wars in Europe, then Dani tells us how she's been taking advantage of living in Paris, including doing chocolate tours!

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k&k episode 192 - the one where they talk about saving the world... and stuff...

2008-11-13 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

From near-encounters with zombie minions to screaming into mobile phones, Kylie and (brand new guest!) Dani tell us all about how they saved the world in episode 192! Kylie tells us whether she has conquered her fear of zombies, then Dani tells us all about the joys of unexpectedly falling upon a Salon du Chocolat!

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k&k episode 191 - the one where Kylie tells her Tale of Thievery... and stuff...

2008-11-09 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It's a Norman invasion in episode 191, as Kylie tells all about her adventures travelling around Normandy! She describes encountering Richard the Lionheart in Rouen (or at least what remains of him), visiting old plague cemeteries and the D-Day beaches, what happens when you don't pay attention to signs and what the Bayeux tapestry is really made of. Katia gives a toe update and we pimp out the events surrounding episode 200!

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k&k episode 190 - the one where they argue about how early is too early to put up christmas decorations... and stuff...

2008-11-05 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 190 we talk about when Christmas decorations should be put up (october? november? december? what do YOU think?), and we talk about some of the ways that people like to decorate for Christmas. Katia does a toe update then asks Kylie if she can shed some light on the way Americans make phone calls in tv and movies. This leads us into a discussion of the way we communicate across the world has changed in the last couple of years, and we reveal the intern showdown that may be happening in episode 200, then Kylie tells us about her upcoming holiday to Normandy and we talk about some book signings.

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k&k episode 189 - the one where they wonder how to tell if men are being sleazy or sweet... and stuff...

2008-11-02 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

As she recounts her plans for Halloween this year, we start off episode 189 with some psychoanalysis into Kylie's deepseated fear of zombies. We talk about where we're recording from, Kylie gives us a university update and we chat about Heather's book tour of the east coast of America. We talk about how to tell if a guy is being sleazy or not, then discuss our feeling for snow.

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k&k episode 188 - the one where they talk about creepy Paris... and stuff...

2008-10-31 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're proud to present a special Halloween edition of the Katia and Kyliemac podcast in episode 188! We start off by discussing the ways Halloween is celebrated in France (or not!), then Kylie describes some of the creepiest places to visit in Paris - from sinister cemeteries to macabre museums, there are plenty of hair-raising adventures to be had! After a discussion of our favourite horror movies, we tell some spooky stories about famous places in Paris and reveal a couple of haunted houses owned by famous people in France.

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k&k episode 187 - the one where they talk about doctors, nurses and toes... and stuff...

2008-10-29 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

It's time for some high drama on episode 187, as Katia recounts all that happened when they operated on her toe in her harrowing hospital experience. There is a lot of discussion about what you do when you have to wait 4 1/2 hours and have nothing to do, what French doctors and nurses are like, and what happens when an Australian wakes up after a general anaesthetic. We also reveal some exciting news about the upcoming episode 200, including international visitors and contest prizes!

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k&k episode 186 - the one where they talk about french men, french women and secret tours of Paris... and stuff...

2008-10-26 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We've got Heather back in the CTS for episode 186, where we talk about why French men are often viewed as romantic, why they consider it their duty to chat up every woman they encounter, whether you can leave the house without makeup on in Paris and some of the differences between foreign and French women. Heather also tells us some stories about giving custom tours in Paris, including how to answer odd questions, one of the strangest personalised tour requests she's ever had and what it's like to go to restaurants with rowdy groups.

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k&k episode 185 - the one where they cure headaches but not katia's toe... and stuff...

2008-10-22 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 185 we're getting really excited about the contest submissions for the upcoming episode 200, and we reveal a super-special entry that we are particularly excited about. We talk about how listening to k&k cures headaches, but it apparently doesn't seem to be helping Katia's sore toe, and we talk about charming French men, the power of accents and French Emergency Rooms.

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k&k episode 184 - the one where they learn more about being naughty in Paris... and stuff...

2008-10-19 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

You might want to leave your virtues at home (and not just at the door) in episode 184, because Heather Stimmler-Hall of Naughty Paris is still with us! We find out about classy places to buy sex toys in Paris (as opposed to the dodgy ones), the hottest swinger clubs and romantically sexy restaurants in town. Heather tells us some of the behind the scenes stories, including encounters at fetish and s&m clubs, then we get into a discussion about the merits of pole dancing classes.

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k&k episode 183 - the one where they learn about being naughty in Paris... and stuff...

2008-10-15 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

Check your virtues at the door - in episode 183, we're very pleased to welcome Heather Stimmler-Hall, the writer of Naughty Paris, A Lady's Guide to the Sexy City, into the Coffee Table Studio! We talk about the history of Paris as a sexy city, what makes French women so darn attractive, how easy it is to let your hair down when you're away from home, anglophone drinking tendencies as opposed to French drinking behaviour, and finally, Heather tells us about her inspiration for the book and some of the "behind the scene" stories.

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k&k episode 182 - the one where kylie discovers the races and katia discovers the power of fluffy pens... and stuff...

2008-10-12 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

In episode 182, we play a "dear" from a lovely listener (who, despite what she said on the voicemail, did actually give us permission to play it), then Kylie tells us all about going to the races like a lady. We talk for a bit about the power of fluffy pens, Kylie teaches Katia how to put a refill in her magic pen before she tells us about all the new words she's learning at school, then we describe What Happened At Rhum-Rhums.

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k&k episode 181 - the one where they declare that the Champs-Elysées is over-rated... and stuff...

2008-10-05 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We start off episode 181 with a discussion of the twitter phenomenon, then Kylie enjoys some of the Halloween-y stuff that Stacy sent us and reminisces about Halloween. Kylie then tells us about visiting the new Ladurée Bar, and we rant for quite some time about the Champs Elysées, then we diverge into topics such as subtitles, how much French you really get to speak in Paris, the pharmacist myth, and mushroom hunting (again).

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k&k episode 180 - the one where they talk about the important difference between nights and noodles... and stuff...

2008-10-05 :: katiaandkyliemac@gmail.com (Katia and Kyliemac)

We're bringing it back to basics in episode 180, with topics such as Nuit Blanche (and the pronounciation thereof), BFF to the Stars stories, m&m moments, university updates, azert