Thoughts on Independence Day (as an American expat)

This year marks the second year that I've been abroad for the 4th of July, with last year being on vacation in Peru. This year's in France, as I'm taking full advantage of my time here before I leave. As I'm writing this, I'm on a train through the south of France, where temperatures have … Continue reading Thoughts on Independence Day (as an American expat)

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Destination: Nîmes, France

Despite its small size, Nîmes is a southern French city that's absolutely steeped in history. It's been dubbed the "French Rome," as it's home to a notable Roman-styled arena and the small temple Maison Carrée. Another fun fact is that denim originated in Nîmes, as its etymology de Nîmes ("from Nîmes") soon became the word "denim." Incredible to believe … Continue reading Destination: Nîmes, France

How I got my titre de séjour in France (story time)

Salut, tout le monde! It has been a long time coming, but as of yesterday, I *finally* received my titre de séjour! Also known as a residency card, it permits me to work in France, as well as to legally be in the country overall. Through much back-and-forth with the Prefecture (and countless headaches), I'm just glad … Continue reading How I got my titre de séjour in France (story time)

Life Update #10: Returning to France (and *possible* final year?)

Salut! As you read from the title, I'm returning to France for the school year (yet again). I'll be teaching for a second year as a lectrice d'anglais in the Lyon region, and I'll be pretty much doing the same things I did this past year, e.g. working, traveling, meeting new people, seeing old friends, etc. I'll … Continue reading Life Update #10: Returning to France (and *possible* final year?)

An Essay on Homesickness

Homesick. /ˈhəʊmsɪk/ adjective experiencing a longing for one's home during a period of absence from it. Having lived and worked abroad for the past two, soon-to-be three years, I've had my fair share of missing home. With over 5800 miles (9300 kilometers), a nine-hour time difference, and a massive ocean separating me from my hometown, … Continue reading An Essay on Homesickness