Destination: Saint-Étienne, France

Especially if you have lived in or have heard of Saint-Étienne before, you may find it almost laughable that I'm choosing to write about this city as a travel destination on this blog. I admit, even I have mixed feelings writing about it, as I equally had mixed feelings when I lived there for two … Continue reading Destination: Saint-Étienne, France

A View from Montmartre (poem)

(inspired by Paris, France-- July 2014) A View from Montmartre The Sacré Coeur blesses me tonight under the gaze of les étoiles the heat melting memories in late July, fireworks still sticky on the back of my neck. There's a carafe for two, at ease with you, laughter over the bill as I'm blushing rosé confessions … Continue reading A View from Montmartre (poem)

What It’s Like Being a Lectrice d’Anglais in France

Salut! With la rentrée in full swing this time of year, I am reflecting on my time spent as a lectrice d'anglais back when I used to live in France for work. I spent two years working in the Lyon region between 2017 and 2019, teaching in a mid-size city to first and second-year undergraduate science students. While it … Continue reading What It’s Like Being a Lectrice d’Anglais in France

Destination: Stockholm, Sweden

Nicknamed the "Venice of Scandinavia," the Swedish capital is a major hub for all things political, economic, and cultural in northern Europe. It is also the most-populous capital among the Nordic countries, with over two million in the metropolitan area. Stockholm has come a long way since its Viking days, as it has become notable … Continue reading Destination: Stockholm, Sweden

Destination: Helsinki, Finland

Contrary to popular belief, Finland is not considered a Scandinavian country. While it might be geographically close to Norway and Sweden, it's actually classified as Nordic, or at least, merely an "observing" Scandinavian one. Because of its strange status among the northern European countries, Finland is somewhat of an enigma, and it was a pleasure … Continue reading Destination: Helsinki, Finland