The 2017 French Presidential Elections

The last time I wrote about the French presidential elections was in 2012, during my senior year of college when I was living in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It was down to the final two- Francois Hollande (a socialist on the left), and Nicolas Sarkozy, the then-president who was from the right UMP party– now known as the Republican Party of France. As we now know, Sarkozy … Continue reading The 2017 French Presidential Elections

A Week in the UK with Students and Colleagues

The school where I work currently does a “trip week” every year around this time. Depending on what grade the students are in determines the trip the take (11th graders to go either New York City or Krakow, Poland; 10th graders, if they are in the international section go to Rome, or are in Spanish go to Majorica; 9th graders go to Prague; 8th graders go … Continue reading A Week in the UK with Students and Colleagues

“Take the Sourest Lemon that Life has to offer, and Turn it into Something Resembling Lemonade.”

When I started blogging consistently four years ago, I promised myself that I would not become one of those (well-intended) TAPIF blogs that starts off really strong, and then tapers off somewhere after Christmas. I wanted to create the blog that hadn’t yet existed- an ordinary TAPIFer who gave valuable information about bureaucracy, teaching, traveling, everyday insight into life in France, and was there until … Continue reading “Take the Sourest Lemon that Life has to offer, and Turn it into Something Resembling Lemonade.”

A Week in Budapest and London

Over the February holidays, I took a week of vacation to Budapest and London, both places I have been before. My friend Rashida and I took advantage of the February low-season prices, scored a ridiculously cheap airline ticket and an excellently-located AirBnb (click here for a discount off your first stay) near the Basilica, and enjoyed 4 days in the Hungarian capital. Rashida is a huge … Continue reading A Week in Budapest and London

The Downside of TAPIF- Losing My Teaching Skills

A few weeks ago, I was sitting with my roommates  in the salon and reflecting on my first six months of teaching at the international bilingual school. I reluctantly expressed the frustrations I was having with myself– the difficulties I was having aligning standards / objectives, finding my niche with classroom management, time management and giving quality homework, planning a solid unit and curriculum, amongst other … Continue reading The Downside of TAPIF- Losing My Teaching Skills

2017- A New Year.

Although this is the second consecutive year that I‘ve decided not to make any concrete New Year’s Resolutions, I came back to France from the USA knowing that I needed to take better care of myself. I realize I do not remember much of anything about September-November of this past year; I was completely and utterly overwhelmed and knee-deep in work, trying to figure out … Continue reading 2017- A New Year.