Signs of Reverse Culture Shock – France Back to the US

After my nine month stint abroad in France, I’ve returned home to Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s been about two weeks and I’ve had time to reacquaint myself with the ins-and-outs of everyday life in the United States. Who would have thought that after just nine months, I would need time to readjust to a country that I have called my home for my entire … Continue reading Signs of Reverse Culture Shock – France Back to the US

How to Make Friends in France (Or Elsewhere)

I’m currently in the process of packing up my life in France, saying goodbyes, and getting nostalgic. It’s a bittersweet time. On the one hand, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen my family and friends in the US. On the other hand, I’m not sure I’m ready to say goodbye to everyone I’ve met in France. Who would have thought just after a … Continue reading How to Make Friends in France (Or Elsewhere)

Learning to “profites-en bien”

I can hardly believe it’s already the end of March. I still have a couple months left of my time in France, but I’m about three-fourths of the way through my experience. In February I went on a jam-packed adventure in southern France, where I got to see firsthand the diversity of regional French culture. After having survived the cold winter of northeastern France, I … Continue reading Learning to “profites-en bien”

Visiting Nancy, France Through Cafés

  Can you believe that I’ve officially been in France for 200 days?! I can’t. It feels like it was just yesterday when I was struggling to order a sandwich at my first boulangerie. In honor of my 200th day in France, I thought I would take you on a double-whammy blog/vlog tour of some of my favorite cafés in Nancy. What better way to … Continue reading Visiting Nancy, France Through Cafés

How I Paris-ed on a Teaching Assistant’s Budget

So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. Part of that is because the wifi at my place has been down for the last two weeks. The other part of that is that I have been traveling for the last week. French schools have roughly a two week break for the holiday of Toussaint during the last part of October, so I’ve been taking … Continue reading How I Paris-ed on a Teaching Assistant’s Budget

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