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

Stepping Off the Conveyor Belt: Thoughts on Post-Grad Life

Today was the first day of school for many of my friends. For the first time in 18 years I am not returning. To be frank, that makes me very uncomfortable. People talk about graduating from college as the start of a whole new chapter. New jobs, graduate school, new apartments, exciting opportunities. I’ve literally heard these words, but none of them prepared me for the complicated … Continue reading Stepping Off the Conveyor Belt: Thoughts on Post-Grad Life

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

Travel on a Budget: DIY Passport Photos

With cellphone cameras and social media, the days of physically printing a photo seem long behind us. But alas, every once in a while you might find yourself in need of a print. In my case, I needed a passport sized photo for a visa application to live in France. Since I was planning on using this photo for an application, I decided that I … Continue reading Travel on a Budget: DIY Passport Photos

7 Tips on How to Rock Your TAPIF Visa Appointment

Last weekend I took some time off from blogging to travel from Utah to the French consulate in San Francisco to submit my long stay visa application for TAPIF. Being me, I was completely paranoid about forgetting something or messing up the paperwork requirements. My biggest fear was traveling over 700 miles from Salt Lake City to San Francisco and then figuring out that I … Continue reading 7 Tips on How to Rock Your TAPIF Visa Appointment

Soundbites: Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

One of the more awesome things I’ve been doing this summer is writing program notes for some classical music concerts around Salt Lake City. For those who don’t know, program notes are a staple in classical music. They provide historical, social, and/or theoretical context for the pieces that are featured in the concert and are often meant to be a listening guide of sorts. In May, I … Continue reading Soundbites: Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

French Lessons: A Language and Cultural Resource Roundup

As I mentioned in my blog 7 Things I’ve Done En Route to TAPIF, language and cultural preparation has been a big part of my to-do list before departure to France this fall. I thought it might be interesting to dissect that process in a bit more detail in a separate entry. Even though I’m moving to France in the fall, I don’t claim to be an expert … Continue reading French Lessons: A Language and Cultural Resource Roundup

Bookmarked: Class Matters

Welcome to my new series of short-form media reviews: Bookmarked, Screenshots, and Soundbites for books, movies, TV, music etc. I hope you find the format quick, interesting, and informative! Class Matters by Correspondents of the New York Times “Liberals say the findings are evidence of the need for better early-education and antipoverty programs to try to redress an imbalance in opportunities. Conservatives tend to assert that … Continue reading Bookmarked: Class Matters