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So you’re going to be a language assistant? | TAPIF Video Series

Salut mes amis! As some of you are getting ready to go to France for the TAPIF Program (Teaching Assistant Program in France), I’ve been uploading videos on the subject as I know how hard and stressful it can be to find info on the little details of the program. So, if you’re getting ready to be a TAPIF assistant, you can head over to our YouTube channel for the 4-part (so far) video series. Hope this is helpful to some of you and please let me know if you have any questions as you’re preparing for this great adventure! Bisous, Alexa Advertisements

How to Create a Study Abroad Capsule Wardrobe

Hey friends! If you’re getting ready to study abroad, you might want to consider paring your wardrobe down so that you aren’t stuck hauling a huge suitcase to the country you’ll be studying in. I’ve created a capsule wardrobe of about 35 items for my upcoming 3 months in Paris. Take a look at it below for some inspiration on what to pack and how to narrow down your semester abroad wardrobe. Bisous, Alexa

Experiencing British Uni Life in Canterbury

Hello friends, I’ve officially entered into my last month in France and am currently enjoying the last vacances of the year. After this last two week break, I’ll have one week left of teaching at my lycée. The sadness of my impending departure and having to say goodbye to the students and teachers is already starting to set in, but I’m also buzzing with nervous excitement (read: anxiety) while figuring out what I’ll be doing next. To kick off this vacation, I headed over to visit my friend, Kristen, in England. Kristen and I met at Hillsong Paris while we were both studying abroad back in 2015. It was so nice to take my mind off of the future and job applications for a couple of days. She showed me around Canterbury and University of Kent. We had a classic British uni night out, went to tea, grabbed a chippy, hung out in a bookshop for way too long and ended the weekend by watching “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.” Check out the vlog and photos …

Latest Travels: Paris, Copenhagen, London & Dublin

Hello friends, It’s been quite a while, but my time here in France is coming to a close very soon. With just four weeks as a teaching assistant left, I’m trying to squeeze in as much travel as possible. Back in February, Jane and Kira visited and we embarked on a #SquadEuroTrip2K17. We hit Paris, Copenhagen, London and Dublin. It was a whirlwind for sure. Check out some of my photos from the trip and watch my travel vlogs below. Bisous, Alexa

A Seasonal Playlist: Winter 2017

Photo by Barbara Defranoux Since coming to France, I have to admit I’ve been a little out of touch with the current hits playing on U.S. top 40 radio. I mean I just heard “Black Beatles” and learned what the Mannequin Challenge was around Christmas. All that to say, most of what I’ve been listening to during the autumnal and winter months are carefully curated into a Spotify playlist I’ve creatively titled “fall ’16/winter ’17.” On it, is a melange of the new Ed Sheeran tracks, some Chainsmokers, Bootstraps, Henri Salvador and random others. Currently on repeat: “Paris” by The Chainsmokers The Chainsmokers just dropped their newest single “Paris” on the 12th of January and I’m obsessed. Not only because I love the city of Paris, but it’s such a nostalgia-fueled tune and I’m a sucker for those. The lyric video defines “Paris” as “a sentimental yearning for a reality that isn’t genuine.” Essentially, in the context of the song, Paris is more of a state of mind than the actual city which is pretty clever …

Kicking Off The Christmas Season In Paris

All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately for Kira and I that meant saying goodbye in Paris last weekend before Kira headed home to spend Christmas in Kenya. But before she left, we got to enjoy my favorite city together. Somehow we managed to drag all of her bags and art supplies from Hyères to Paris with success. We hopped on another train (this time a not-so-high-speed one, thanks to an accident which resulted in a delay) for our last Mary-Kate and Ashley adventure. On Friday night, Hillsong Paris was hosting its annual Sisterhood Women’s Conference. The event was in the most beautiful theatre where they served some pretty delicious pumpkin soup and had nail, hair and makeup stations set up if one so desired a miniature makeover. It’s always so good to get to go back to Hillsong and sing familiar worship songs in French. After the service, we headed back to our hostel to watch the first episode of “Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.” No spoilers here, but we were satisfied …

A Weekend in Paris

You know when you haven’t seen a close friend in a long time? When you finally see them again, you talk as though no distance or time has separated you and it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. That’s how it felt to be back in Paris. The schools in France were just on vacances which means that I had two weeks off to do whatever I pleased. I hung out around Hyères for the first week, during which I watched way too many “Friends” episodes and went on a couple of day trips with the other assistants. We visited Aix-en-Provence and Toulon for a day. The greatest discovery from the Aix trip was definitely the lavender. They produce it in the region so we found some for cheap. I’ve been diffusing it like crazy. For the next portion, I made my first trip back to Paris for a four-day weekend. I hadn’t been back since I left last November at the end of my study abroad. It was a breath of fresh …