Travel Needn’t Be So Posh

Cramped on a blanket in the park on a Sunday afternoon, we sat discussing French while eating croissants and gourmet cheese.  It’d been a gloomy day, and I really didn’t feel like driving all the way downtown for this French honor society rendez-vous.  But I’m so glad I did. Even though our little group spans [...]

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9 Things I Learned From My Summer Abroad

Nutella, chocolate macaroons and café au lait.  I tasted 'em all during my summer in Toulouse, France.  But beyond the good eats and stunning sights, I took in many lessons from this time abroad, ones I'll hold close to my heart for years to come.  Here are nine things I learned from my summer abroad: [...]

A Step-by-Step Guide to Grocery Shopping Abroad

No textbook or teacher could ever prepare for grocery shopping in a foreign country.  Even beyond the foods you’ve never heard of, there are so many more questions.  Why are they selling rice in packages bigger than dog food bags?  Why are they also selling cat statues?  Is that duck in a microwavable dinner?  Shopping [...]

Night at the Museums

Three museums in four hours?  And all for free?  Oh yeah, baby!  It hadn’t even been a week of living in Europe, but I hit up La Nuit des Musées (Night at the Museums) with several friends.  On this night hundreds of museums open for free in France and several other countries, and this day only [...]