“Little girls don’t stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.”

Yesterday, I came across Simone Biles’, Gabby Douglas’, Jordyn Wieber’s, and Aly Raisman’s testaments about being sexually abused by sports doctor Larry Nassar. Today, I watched some of the trial on TV, and I felt a mix of emotions– physical illness, repulsiveness, rage, and the urge to scream. I felt my fists start to clench and my eyes begin to close, as my brow curled … Continue reading “Little girls don’t stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.”

NYC: Four Days in the Big Apple for Under $500 (415€ or £389)

Since moving to France five (!) years ago, I’ve realized that I have so much more of my own country to explore and experience. That is why I knew I had to seize the opportunity to visit my high school friend, Michelle, in New York City, on my way back to France this past August. I LOVE and am slightly obsessed with the idea of … Continue reading NYC: Four Days in the Big Apple for Under $500 (415€ or £389)

Life Recap: August & September 2017

I originally started blogging in order to create a helpful and informative TAPIF blog as well as to record my travels during my “Year in France”. However, as time has passed on, the style and purpose of my blog has shifted. I have also realized that I simply like having a dedicated space where records of my life have been documented over the past few … Continue reading Life Recap: August & September 2017

The Best Ways to Spend a Day in Chicago

Growing up near Milwaukee, I was only, at maximum, a two hour car or train ride away from the Windy City. As an adult committed to both local and overseas travel, I’ve made a conscious effort to get to know America’s third largest city a bit better. Thankfully, over the past few years, I’ve actually been able to make it down for a few day … Continue reading The Best Ways to Spend a Day in Chicago

The Very Best of Summer in Wisconsin

I feel like Wisconsin is one of the world’s best-kept secrets. It’s the place I called home for 23 years, but after four years away, I’ve come to realize just how much Wisconsin– and in particular, Milwaukee, has to offer. It is such a fantastic city! Milwaukee’s famous hotel, The Pfister After spending a large portion of my adult life living in France and doing … Continue reading The Very Best of Summer in Wisconsin

Once Upon a Time at Bookworm Gardens

A few weeks ago at the end of July, my mom, aunt, and cousin’s daughter decided to venture one hour north of Milwaukee to check out Bookworm Gardens, a non-profit, botanic garden based off of children’s literature. With a mission of “Enrich[ing] the mind, body, and spirit of the young and young at heart through exploration in a garden environment based on children’s literature,” Bookworm Gardens … Continue reading Once Upon a Time at Bookworm Gardens

Bastille Day 2017: Partying at the Paris Fire Houses

In France, the 14th of July is known as La Fête Nationale, also known as Journée de la Bastille, or Bastille Day. Le 14 julliet is known for the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, which was the historic turning point in the French Revolution. Today, celebrations are held throughout France, and Europe’s largest military parade is held on the famous Champs Elysée Avenue … Continue reading Bastille Day 2017: Partying at the Paris Fire Houses