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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:… Continue reading 9 Things I Learned From My Summer Abroad

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Photo Diary: Portorož, Slovenia

Western Europe gets a lot of hype—as it should.  Western Europe is home to stunning places from big, bustling London, England to small, charming Najac, France.  But it's a big continent, and there's so much more that meets the eye than on social media.  I remember receiving an email, asking me if I'd like to… Continue reading Photo Diary: Portorož, Slovenia

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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… Continue reading A Step-by-Step Guide to Grocery Shopping Abroad

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How to Make a House a Home While Living Abroad

The expat life looks glamorous with its exotic culture and foreign foods, but there’s something to say for familiarity and known.  Living abroad may include a host of new experiences and exciting adventures, but it’s important to create a “homey” space in your apartment or house while living abroad for any amount of time. 1.… Continue reading How to Make a House a Home While Living Abroad

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How to Pack for a Summer in France

It's only three months, but at the same time, it's three freakin' months!  Packing for a summer abroad can be both harder and easier than just a week-long vacation.  What can I buy once I arrive?  What can I not live without for three months?  Will I even know where to buy nail polish remover… Continue reading How to Pack for a Summer in France

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My Summer Bucket List (+Free Template)

Is it possible to be awfully panicked yet overwhelmingly pumped all at the same time?  I can’t believe I leave for my summer adventure in Europe in a few short days.  I’m all for living in the moment, but I also want to be intentional with the time I have there.  That being said, here… Continue reading My Summer Bucket List (+Free Template)

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A Love Letter to Travel

Darling Travel, I’ve known about you for most of my life.  I’ve seen you at a distance through family stories and friends’ posts on Facebook.  You looked glamorous but a bit out of my league.  You seemed nice but way beyond reach.  I remember driving home with my dad on a cold January night when… Continue reading A Love Letter to Travel

Windsor Castle, England, UK
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My Most Versatile Travel Item

You may not be a jetsetter, but you’ve probably been on your fair share of trips, retreats and camps.  You start working your way through the suggested packing list, and think, why the heck do I need a money belt?  When am I ever going to use those construction boots or water socks again?  I’m… Continue reading My Most Versatile Travel Item

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How to Plan the Perfect Parisian Soirée

Missing the warm croissants, cheesy omelettes and Nutella crepes of Paris?  For those of us not fortunate enough to live in the City of Light (which is pretty much most of the world), those cravings for France (and French food) come all too often.  While it’s not easy to travel to or live in Paris… Continue reading How to Plan the Perfect Parisian Soirée

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Useful French Phrases

Becoming fluent in a foreign language takes years and years of practice.  And if you've planned a trip abroad, you probably don't have that kind of time, money or energy.  So, if you're headed over to France, here are some useful phrases you may want to become acquainted with before departure.  But what's the point? … Continue reading Useful French Phrases