Muslim Neighbors: What I Learned When I Visited A Mosque

You asked, and we listened. When we recently ran a poll in the Life in the Bay Community Facebook Group, asking ‘Which religion are you most curious to learn about?’ You overwhelmingly responded with requests to learn about the Muslim faith, or ‘Islam’.


Halloween in the Bay (2013)

Halloween is celebrated in America on 31 October each year. It tends to kick off the winter holidays, and is celebrated by kids and adults alike. Traditionally, Halloween is preceded by a trip to the supermarket, or pumpkin patch, to pick out a pumpkin to be carved shortly before the holiday. If you are planning on dressing up in a costume, it’s also good to plan ahead. Thift stores can be a great resource for finding gently used costumes, or unique items to make your own costume. Halloween Parties, Haunted Houses, Carnivals, and Parades are other popular activities, and then […]


Blossom Birth – Your Resource for Pregnancy, Birth & Parenthood

Are you a new or expectant parent? Looking for advice and support? There are lots of places in the Bay Area which provide support, classes and events for parents. We’ll highlight a few of them in the blog in the coming months. Our first spotlight will be on Blossom Birth. Blossom Birth is a non-profit education and resource center that provides parents and birth professionals with a balanced, non-judgmental view of pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting. Through classes, workshops, support groups, and accessibility to community resources, Blossom strives to support and inform expectant and new parents to raise healthy, secure […]


Deborah’s Palm – A Community for Women

  I’ve been living here in the Peninsula for nearly two years now, and I’m still discovering new things every week. This weeks’ discovery was ‘Deborah’s Palm’. A fellow CCIS volunteer at Stanford pointed me in their direction. I met with Katie Ritchey, Founder and Executive Director, to learn more and wanted to share this great resource with all of you. Katie, born and bred in Palo Alto, retrained to be a counselor after her children had grown. As part of her final project she was tasked with researching a non-profit that she would be interested in working for upon […]

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Culture shock coming home?

When you are planning to go abroad for any length of time, you probably expect to experience some degree of culture shock when you arrive in your new city. Your mode of transportation may change. You’ll probably have to find a new supermarket and bank. Some new experiences will be exciting….like finding your new favorite restaurant, bar/pub and Saturday afternoon hangout spot, while others will just be a pain! I certainly experienced some culture shock when I went abroad, but I did not realize that I would have to go through the same thing when I finally came home! I […]


Say Hello to Michelle!

The Life in the Bay team is very pleased to welcome a new member who is going to take on the role of editor: Michelle Laker! I am officially going back to France to live in Toulouse this October and this is why we looked for somebody to take on the role of editor and to make sure the blog will be keeping on being what it is: a great and useful tool when getting settled in the Bay Area! Please welcome Michelle in her new role and let’s discover who she is… “I am excited to be taking on […]