Last summer, I decided to spend the majority of my vacation back in the United States, dividing my time in Wisconsin, Chicago, and New York City. On my way back to France, my friends Michelle and Jo decided to join me on a week-long road trip around southern Iceland. I’ve actually been to Iceland once before: in April 2010, when the Icelandic volcano erupted. I … Continue reading An Epic Icelandic Roadtrip in August
I once tried very hard to follow the advice: Lay out everything you want to bring and then cut it in half– then cut it in half again. But I now realize this is crap– utter crap. And let me tell you why: Every person has different needs, desires, and comfort levels, which is why you can crumple up all packing lists and throw them … Continue reading My Two Cents on Packing
After months and months of planning, I finally have a semi-organized travel schedule for my departure to France in 7 days! I have everything organized on an app called TripIt (which I discovered through Lee Abbamonte, the youngest American to visit every country in the world). TripIt, when synced to your email and smartphone/tablet devices, syncs all of your travel information, including flight/train tickets, hotel reservations, directions, etc. all … Continue reading Official Travel Plans/To Do List- 1 week to go!
You have been accepted to teach in France– congratulations! However, moving to a new country can be all kinds of exhausting. Here are some things I did to stay organized and on top of everything before leaving for France: Make Copies of everything, and invest in a fancy file folder to keep everything in. This will save you SO much hassle in the long run. … Continue reading TAPIF & Lectrice Preparations
I can’t believe I leave for Japan in less than a month! I admit, I am very nervous to go. I am trying to not let my nerves get the best of me, but I do not know very much about Japan… that is why I took initiative to go to the public library the other day; I rented 2 travel books and one fiction novel … Continue reading Preparations, with less than one month to go!
Well, tomorrow is the big day! I can’t believe how fast it came up. I applied very late to the program (September) after I found out that London was not going to work out, and finally, after what feels like millions upon millions of phone calls, emails, Chicago road trips, applications, and random fees, I am finally on my way to do something extraordinary. Studying … Continue reading Au Revoir, America!