“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

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

Notes on Faking it ‘Til You Make It.

“Fake it ’til you make it” is a common catchphrase mostly referencing a person’s fear of not being confident enough. In fact, this mentality is a actually a common technique used by therapists to combat depression. Patients are encouraged go through life’s everyday motions as if they were enjoying them, and eventually, they will enjoy them again. When I was at the absolute peak of heartbreak a few … Continue reading Notes on Faking it ‘Til You Make It.

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