All posts tagged: traveler

Bonne courage: arriving in France

As of last Wednesday, I am officially back in the land of Pain au Chocolat. The journey here was a long one. This time, I opted for the cheaper route and ended up taking three planes, two taxis and two trains to reach my Airbnb. I’m staying in the pedestrian-only zone of the city so when my taxi driver dropped me off on the street that bordered it, he plopped my big, red suitcase on the sidewalk and pointed up the steepest incline I’ve probably ever seen, and tells me it’s all the way at the top. Good luck. And if I didn’t already think my life was some sort of comedy or secret long-running prank show on MTV, I definitely did now. You could say I made a lasting first impression on all of the French people on the street and in restaurants who stopped what they were doing to stare as the funny American girl dragged Big Red up the cobblestone hill with all of the willpower she could muster. A group of middle …

Post Grad, Moving to France & Gap Years

I’m moving to France.  Post graduation has been one of the most trying times of my life. I feel like I’ve had several quarter life crises since walking across the stage on graduation day. I miss college and friends and honestly, I don’t feel ready to be an adult. I’ve realized that I don’t want the typical desk job or a 9-to-5. I’ve been thinking a lot the past few months about complacency and I’m terrified to live a life where I just chase money, pay bills and don’t do much of anything else. I get antsy thinking about spending the rest of my life sitting at a desk for 40 hours a week. I feel like I’ve been duped. Growing up, we were always told in school that life really begins after you finish college. But, that’s not true. Life was happening before I finished college and I hope it keeps happening. This summer I’ve had the opportunity to do a fellowship at a newspaper under the Gannett Co./USA Today Network. It’s been an awesome opportunity and …

City Guide: Paris

As some of you may know, I studied abroad in Paris, France in the fall of 2015. It was such a cool experience, which you can read more about here. A friend of mine went on a Eurotrip recently and I made her a little list of places to go while she was in Paris. After making the list, I decided to turn it into a little city guide to share with others visiting or studying in Paris. Paris is such a magical place to me and I hold so much love in my heart for that city. I was only there for three months though, so I am in no way an expert. This list could be totally touristy for all I know, but these are places I liked to go and would recommend to others traveling to the City of Light. Enjoy! C’est Cool. Generally Cool Areas-dubbed so by moi Latin Quarter  Sites include: Markets of Rue Mouffetard, La Sorbonne, & The Pantheon You can get here from a few different metro stops In the …