November: Life Updates from Dana

Having only posted three times since August, I’ve been noticeably absent from the blogging world. This absence didn’t start off as intentional– coming back from a month-long stay in the USA to jumping right back into a new school year had taken its toll on me, and there was also a lot (A LOT) of things going on behind the scenes in my personal life. … Continue reading November: Life Updates from Dana

“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.”

February Weekend Jaunt to London

My roommate and I have been taking advantage of the consistent Eurostar deals from Lille to London- 79 euros round trip (an absolute STEAL for the Eurostar) to visit our friends from previous lecteur years. This time around, we stayed with my Wisconsin friend and her partner in their amazing flat in Angel (North London) from Thursday until Sunday. We spent most of Thursday afternoon in … Continue reading February Weekend Jaunt to London

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

Hogwarts Will Always Be There to Welcome You Home

“The stories we love best do live in use forever, so whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” -JK Rowling If there a story that has brought worldwide generations together, it would hands-down have to be Harry Potter. I have been a die-hard fan since approximately 2001, for both the books and films alike. I’m … Continue reading Hogwarts Will Always Be There to Welcome You Home

Travel/Life Bucket List Part 2

The most curious thing about traveling is that once you’re bitten with the travel bug, the infection just spreads. It’s incurable. Sure, you can get your fix for awhile, but you soon find yourself researching flights and destinations and daydreaming about your next big trip. The thing with me is that my travel list just continues to grow. I don’t have a limited number of … Continue reading Travel/Life Bucket List Part 2