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Life Update: My New Job Teaching at an International School

It’s been three weeks since the rentrée, and hence three weeks since I’ve begun my new job at an International School in Lille. And I must say, I am SUCH a bag of mixed emotions. For the most part, though, I can’t stop smiling, because I am so proud of myself. I keep having flashbacks to 21-year-old Dana in her Senior year of university googling, … Continue reading Life Update: My New Job Teaching at an International School

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Saint Omer- Boating in the Marais Audomarois

The Marais Audomarois is a biosphere reserve in the north of France. Made up of marshes and wetlands, it covers 22,300 hectares, and is home to many different kinds of waterbirds and endangered species. Today, it is one of two remaining wetland floating gardens in France, and visitors come to explore the area by boat. One hot and sunny July afternoon, a group of us rented … Continue reading Saint Omer- Boating in the Marais Audomarois

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British Summer: Six August Days in Londontown

Although I took my obligatory French Riviera vacation at the end of July, I was still itching to escape the quiet, hot north for a few days in August. Feeling a bit lonely and a bit blue, I decided to take advantage of various Eurostar deals and spend a long weekend (Thursday to Tuesday) visiting friends in London. I go to London often– at least … Continue reading British Summer: Six August Days in Londontown

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Vacation à la Française: 10 Days on the French Riviera

If there is one French stereotype that rings true, I’d say it is that the French are very serious about their vacations. They are so serious, in fact, that there are two words in the French language to describe the two types of holiday makers (vacationers) in France: les juilletistes (“July-ers”, or those who vacation in July), and les aoûtiens (“August-ers”, or those who vacation in August). … Continue reading Vacation à la Française: 10 Days on the French Riviera

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Lovely Lisbon- A City Not to Be Missed!

I had heard nothing but raving things about Lisbon- an exciting, alternative city with heaps to do: great food, abundant sunshine, cheap eats and attractions. I loved Lisbon when I visited in April, so much in fact that I didn’t hesitate to return for another long weekend at the end of June. It rained a bit too much for my liking in April, but it’s still … Continue reading Lovely Lisbon- A City Not to Be Missed!