The Very Best of Summer in Wisconsin

I feel like Wisconsin is one of the world’s best-kept secrets. It’s the place I called home for 23 years, but after four years away, I’ve come to realize just how much Wisconsin– and in particular, Milwaukee, has to offer. It is such a fantastic city! Milwaukee’s famous hotel, The Pfister After spending a large portion of my adult life living in France and doing … Continue reading The Very Best of Summer in Wisconsin

Once Upon a Time at Bookworm Gardens

A few weeks ago at the end of July, my mom, aunt, and cousin’s daughter decided to venture one hour north of Milwaukee to check out Bookworm Gardens, a non-profit, botanic garden based off of children’s literature. With a mission of “Enrich[ing] the mind, body, and spirit of the young and young at heart through exploration in a garden environment based on children’s literature,” Bookworm Gardens … Continue reading Once Upon a Time at Bookworm Gardens

Bastille Day 2017: Partying at the Paris Fire Houses

In France, the 14th of July is known as La Fête Nationale, also known as Journée de la Bastille, or Bastille Day. Le 14 julliet is known for the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, which was the historic turning point in the French Revolution. Today, celebrations are held throughout France, and Europe’s largest military parade is held on the famous Champs Elysée Avenue … Continue reading Bastille Day 2017: Partying at the Paris Fire Houses

A Long Weekend in the Côte d’Azur

The month of May is unofficially known as the month of Bank Holidays (or jours fériés) in France. Seriously– despite being a secular country, the month of May is gold, with the 1st, 8th, and 25th all included as bank holidays. In 2017, it was even better, as the 1st and the 8th fell on Monday, and the 25th on a Thursday– which meant two … Continue reading A Long Weekend in the Côte d’Azur

The English (LV1 / LVA) Baccalauréat

In my last post, I tried to explained the ins and outs of the French Baccalauréat (Bac Général). Now, seeing as the English Baccalauréat is tomorrow, I am going to explain specifically how the English Baccalauréat is structured for non-OIB students. The English exam has four parts: Compréhension orale (listening comprehension) Expression orale (oral expression) Compréhension écrite (reading comprehension) Expression écrite (writing comprehension) For ES … Continue reading The English (LV1 / LVA) Baccalauréat

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

Postcard from the Christmas Market in Arras

During the Christmas season, you always see lists with a title along the lines of “Best Christmas Markets in France“, or “in Europe“, and so on. In regards to the north of France, Lille always seems to make the list. And don’t get me wrong, the Christmas market here in my city is gorgeous- the ferris wheel offers sweeping views of the city (with the totally and completely … Continue reading Postcard from the Christmas Market in Arras