2017- A New Year.

Although this is the second consecutive year that I‘ve decided not to make any concrete New Year’s Resolutions, I came back to France from the USA knowing that I needed to take better care of myself. I realize I do not remember much of anything about September-November of this past year; I was completely and utterly overwhelmed and knee-deep in work, trying to figure out … Continue reading 2017- A New Year.


Postcard from the Christmas Market in Arras

During the Christmas season, you always see lists with a title along the lines of “Best Christmas Markets in France“, or “in Europe“, and so on. In regards to the north of France, Lille always seems to make the list. And don’t get me wrong, the Christmas market here in my city is gorgeous- the ferris wheel offers sweeping views of the city (with the totally and completely … Continue reading Postcard from the Christmas Market in Arras


Notes on Coming Home for the Holidays

  As I write this, I am currently en route to Paris via Copenhagen, thanks to bargain SAS flights. I’ve spent the past two weeks celebrating Christmas and New Year’s back in my hometown in southeastern Wisconsin. It was a much needed, much welcomed visit and break from my life in France. I don’t come home to the United States as often as I would … Continue reading Notes on Coming Home for the Holidays


Notre Dame de Paris: The Musical

Notre-Dame de Paris is a French-Québécois musical that debuted in Paris in September 1998. Based on novelist Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame), it has been performed in more than 17 countries and in seven different languages. Even better, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Notre Dame de Paris broke the record for the most successful musical in its first … Continue reading Notre Dame de Paris: The Musical


My Experience with French Versus American Dentistry

Did you know that one of the biggest stereotypes that other nationalities have about Americans is that we have bright, white teeth and smiles? Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve never thought that that stereotype was a bad one– I’d rather have an attractive smile than an unattractive one  In fact, although I have full healthcare and dental coverage in France, I still insist … Continue reading My Experience with French Versus American Dentistry


Campaign: Moi(s) Sans Tabac

Starting on November 1st, 2016, France launched a nationwide campaign called, Moi(s) sans Tabac. Its slogan is a play on words; it means both “Me Without Tobacco” and “A Month Without Smoking”. The campaign was influenced by the UK’s similar campaign, “Stoptober”. Approximately 13 million people still light up in France, including 20% of pregnant women. Smoking is the leading cause of premature death in France, and … Continue reading Campaign: Moi(s) Sans Tabac


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