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 Biggest Differences Between Teaching In France and Teaching in the USA

I started college in 2008– in the peak of the economic recession, and just two years before Scott Walker would be elected as Governor of Wisconsin and proceed to reform teachers’ unions. Throughout my college career, the subject of teaching was politically charged. Each semester I was faced with comments and “advice” from professors, academic advisors, and fellow teachers about the hardships of teaching– I … Continue reading The Biggest Differences Between Teaching In France and Teaching in the USA

A Week in the UK with Students and Colleagues

The school where I work currently does a “trip week” every year around this time. Depending on what grade the students are in determines the trip the take (11th graders to go either New York City or Krakow, Poland; 10th graders, if they are in the international section go to Rome, or are in Spanish go to Majorica; 9th graders go to Prague; 8th graders go … Continue reading A Week in the UK with Students and Colleagues

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

British Summer: Six August Days in Londontown

Although I took my obligatory French Riviera vacation at the end of July, I was still itching to escape the quiet, hot north for a few days in August. Feeling a bit lonely and a bit blue, I decided to take advantage of various Eurostar deals and spend a long weekend (Thursday to Tuesday) visiting friends in London. I go to London often– at least … Continue reading British Summer: Six August Days in Londontown

A Roadtrip Through Scotland and Northern England

Although I’ve made it to the UK quite a few times in the past three years, this was the first time I had ventured up to northern England. From the coastal town of Brighton, to the posh university city of Oxford, to the quaint town of Sunderland, the dramatic changes that frequent such a tiny country during the drive were impressive. In Sunderland, the accents are next … Continue reading A Roadtrip Through Scotland and Northern England

Fulfilling Harry Potter Fantasies in Oxford, UK

Back in February, I embarked on a road trip to northern England to visit former lecteur friends and colleagues. On our way up north, we made a pit stop in Oxford to visit our friend Andrew, who is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree (and soon a PhD!) at Oxford. I visited Oxford once, briefly, last summer, on a Sunday. Visiting the city in February during … Continue reading Fulfilling Harry Potter Fantasies in Oxford, UK