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

Dubrovnik, Croatia

“If you want to see heaven on Earth, come to Dubrovnik.” – George Bernard. Despite never having seen Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik has been on my must-see travel list for quite some time. So, after an all day excursion to Montenegro, Leah and I awoke excited to explore Dubrovnik proper. Before traveling, I like to read my favorite travel blogs and scrounge for tips for … Continue reading Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

“Why the Balkans?” and, “Where are the Balkans?” were the two questions I was most affronted with in the weeks leading up to my nine-day jaunt around the region this past April. There are many reasons why. When I first moved to Valenciennes three (!) years ago, a had a friend who loved traveling through the Balkans; until meeting him I hadn’t really ever given much thought … Continue reading Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

“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.”

A Week in Budapest and London

Over the February holidays, I took a week of vacation to Budapest and London, both places I have been before. My friend Rashida and I took advantage of the February low-season prices, scored a ridiculously cheap airline ticket and an excellently-located AirBnb (click here for a discount off your first stay) near the Basilica, and enjoyed 4 days in the Hungarian capital. Rashida is a huge … Continue reading A Week in Budapest and London

A Summary of 2016

Ah, 2016. A year of ups and downs, highs and lows, and everything in between. For me, it was a bittersweet year. I started 2015 with two grandfathers and 2016 with zero. I a new, stable, better-paid job and visa sponsorship, as well as my foot in the door in European International schools— a professional opportunity that has really challenged me and my teaching (in … Continue reading A Summary of 2016