“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.”

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

Read my Story at Teaching Traveling

Bonjour! Back in 2013, I was published on an online blog called Teaching Traveling, a blog run by Boston-native Lillie Marshall and which specializes in publishing stories about teachers traveling in all sorts of ways, to all sorts of places! I was lucky enough to have been able to tell my story about traveling and teaching abroad in France and Japan. Hanging out with some lovely ladies in … Continue reading Read my Story at Teaching Traveling

TAPIF Tip / Lecteur Lesson: How to Open and Close Your Utilities

Believe it or not, I never really had to deal with setting up or canceling les charges, or utilities– water, gas, electricity, heat, phone/internet/cable, until arriving in France in 2014. All of my US apartments came with included utilities, as did my first French apartment. So, due to my complete lack of vocabulary and background knowledge, I initially had a bit of a hard time when … Continue reading TAPIF Tip / Lecteur Lesson: How to Open and Close Your Utilities

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

Notes On What’s Coming Next.

This past school year, in a nutshell, was a very difficult one. Sure, I loved my job and I loved living in Lille; I traveled and visited friends and in return had a ton of visitors. But I was still quite sad a lot the time– I was (am?) dealing with death and heartbreak and loss and grief and the overall stress about what to do and where … Continue reading Notes On What’s Coming Next.