Orientation & Reorientation: My Identity Abroad

orientation | noun | /ˌɔriɛnˈteɪʃən / 1: the action of orienting someone or something relative to the points of a compass or other specified positions. 2: a person’s basic attitude, beliefs, or feelings in relation to a particular subject or issue. 3: familiarization with something. Last week I sat in a lecture hall with about 46 other English language assistants from all around the world (Canada, India, Ireland, … Continue reading Orientation & Reorientation: My Identity Abroad

Things You Should Know Before Biking Around Nancy (My List of Pros, Cons, and Tips)

I was never really a bike commuter in Salt Lake City. Probably because the Salt Lake Valley is a stretch of 500-square-mile suburban sprawl with wide roads made for big cars and hills that make people of average fitness level break a sweat. Nancy, on the other hand, is a manageable 15-square-kilometers (roughly 9-square-miles to us Americans) of relatively flat land that makes getting around … Continue reading Things You Should Know Before Biking Around Nancy (My List of Pros, Cons, and Tips)

Sometimes You Just Need to Hide Away to Heidelberg

Reestablishing your life is tiring. I feel like that is a pretty obvious statement. Now that I think about it, even moving from one place to another for work or school within the the same country is tiring. The naive part of me didn’t give much thought to what it would mean to rebuild my life in France before leaving. I was too distracted by … Continue reading Sometimes You Just Need to Hide Away to Heidelberg

The Minutia of Living in France Part 2: My Cellphone Debacle and Other Shopping Insights

I can’t believe yet another week has gone by since I’ve moved to France. I was talking to a friend on video chat the other day about how my sense of time and space has drastically changed since leaving the US. On the one hand, I feel as if time is moving more slowly because it takes me about three times the amount of time … Continue reading The Minutia of Living in France Part 2: My Cellphone Debacle and Other Shopping Insights

Minutia of Living in France Part 1: From Banks to Insurance to Red Tape

There is a lot of minutia to living. There are things that I tend to forget about because they’ve become so ingrained in my everyday life. These details, from going to the store, to opening a door, to turning on the stove rarely cross my mind when I’m in the United States. Yet because it is my first time in France, I feel like each … Continue reading Minutia of Living in France Part 1: From Banks to Insurance to Red Tape

5 Random Things I’ve Learned in My First Days in France

Transplanting my life to Nancy, France has put a slight hiatus on my blogging streak from this summer, but alas here I am, albeit slightly jet lagged. Between leaving the US and arriving in France, I’ve experienced a whirlwind of emotions. I’ve been here for roughly 3 days and these are some of the things I’ve learned thus far. 1. The act of leaving gives me … Continue reading 5 Random Things I’ve Learned in My First Days in France

European Musical Wishlist 2016-2017

Being a recently graduated music major from America, the thought of going to Europe for the first time is pretty overwhelming. I’m not just talking about learning how to live in a new country, but I’m also talking about the tremendous amount of access I’ll have to live music and music history. The classical music nerd inside of me is getting sensory overload just thinking … Continue reading European Musical Wishlist 2016-2017