Adopting a Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past six months or so, you’ve probably heard of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish girl with Asperger’s Syndrome who began the #SchoolStrikeForClimate back in September. Inspired by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s #MarchForOurLives, Greta realized that the only way to get politicians to really respond to climate change was to start striking … Continue reading Adopting a Zero-Waste Lifestyle


I turned 29 in March, and as I approach the last year of a decade, I cannot help but to look back on what a tumultuous nine years the twenties have been. I remember being so self-conscious I literally just wanted to melt into the walls of high school or college. Now, I realize that this calmness within me is literally me just being pretty … Continue reading 29

Pour Catherine

Je crois que, dans les dix(!) ans d’écriture sur ce blog, ce poste-ci est le premier que j’écris en français, malgré le fait que j’habite en France plus ou moins depuis 2013. Mais ce poste, il est différent. Ce poste est un hommage, pour la dame qui se fût occupée de moi, qui m’eut accueillie– bras ouverts, chez elle, sans hesitation et jamais sans rien … Continue reading Pour Catherine

Let’s Talk About the Yellow Vests

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably become familiar with the Gilet Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement which has spread like wildfire across France in the span of just a few weeks. I realize I am a bit late to the party in regards to writing about these events, so I wanted to share some links of fellow bloggers who I feel covered the … Continue reading Let’s Talk About the Yellow Vests

Looking Back on 2018

Overall, 2018 was an interesting (but solid!) year. In regards to travel, I went to three new countries (Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore), and revisited favorite past destinations (Edinburgh, London, Paris, Bruges, Brussels), in addition to discovering new corners of previously visited countries (Northern England, The Scottish Highlands, Ibiza!) Even better, I had different sets of visitors all through the year, and got to spend Christmas back in … Continue reading Looking Back on 2018

Life Recap: November and December 2018

I originally started blogging in order to create a helpful and informative TAPIF blog as well as to record my travels during my “Year in France”. However, as time has passed on, the style and purpose of my blog has shifted. I have also realized that I simply like having a dedicated space where records of my life have been documented over the past few … Continue reading Life Recap: November and December 2018


Hi. It’s been awhile. It’s become pretty clear to many that I’ve let this space of mine slide further and further off of my radar for the past year-and-a-half or so. I didn’t want to admit it– not to myself, not to my followers, not to anyone; but it’s time to face reality. I’ve let this blog slowly collect the occasional comments and traffic without … Continue reading Burnout.