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

My Experience with French Versus American Dentistry

Did you know that one of the biggest stereotypes that other nationalities have about Americans is that we have bright, white teeth and smiles? Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve never thought that that stereotype was a bad one– I’d rather have an attractive smile than an unattractive one  In fact, although I have full healthcare and dental coverage in France, I still insist … Continue reading My Experience with French Versus American Dentistry

I’m Still With Her.

On November 8, 2016, I woke up feeling so, so happy and proud to be an American. I went to work listing to Beyoncé’s Run The World on my iPhone and sporting my “I Voted” sticker I had been specifically saving for the occasion. I did mini-Election Day lessons with my 9th and 10th graders, and collected Election-based essays from my 11th and 12th graders (as we … Continue reading I’m Still With Her.

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

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

When the Grass Isn’t Greener: Falling Out of Love with France

I remember when I first fell in love with France. I was nineteen, a study abroad student fresh off the plane from Chicago, a bit naive but oh so curious, and far away from everything and everyone I knew. Upon arriving in Paris, I remember being overcome with an overwhelming feeling– being amongst new surroundings and new people, I was finally free to become my own person and … Continue reading When the Grass Isn’t Greener: Falling Out of Love with France

City Bikes-A Great Way to Lower Your Budget

I am a HUGE advocate of city bikes. In fact, the concept of bike sharing has become pretty widely accepted both stateside and abroad, with bike sharing systems in place in more than 600 cities worldwide. Truth be told, despite the amount of traveling I do, I tend to live a very modest lifestyle. And, the best penny-pinching strategy I use is using the City Bikes, V’Lille, as … Continue reading City Bikes-A Great Way to Lower Your Budget