Let’s Talk About the Yellow Vests

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably become familiar with the Gilet Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement which has spread like wildfire across France in the span of just a few weeks. I realize I am a bit late to the party in regards to writing about these events, so I wanted to share some links of fellow bloggers who I feel covered the … Continue reading Let’s Talk About the Yellow Vests

Let’s Unpack Trevor Noah and Race Relations in France

On July 15th, 2018, France’s Men’s Soccer (Football) team won the World Cup for the second time, and for first time in twenty years (the first time being in 1998). I was in Lille in 2016 during the Euro Cup, and although I have never been much of a soccer fan (much less, a fan of men’s soccer) I did get into the World Cup … Continue reading Let’s Unpack Trevor Noah and Race Relations in France

Conflicted

In the midst of everything— and I mean everything-– going on: Gun control reform, the #MeToo Movement, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, among so many other things, I saw a quote about a year ago on Twitter that especially jumped out at me, and stuck with me. This tweet was written just days after the Women’s March on Washington and Trump’s inauguration. I’ve outwardly identified as a … Continue reading Conflicted

Me, too.

When I originally posted the words “Me Too” on my Facebook status, I typed them, deleted them, typed them, posted them, deleted them, waited 12 hours, and typed them and posted them again. Since the #MeToo campaign has come out, I’ve tried to write this post several times over the past couple of weeks. I’ve written fiercely, gotten emotional, gotten scared, gotten angry, and put … Continue reading Me, too.

The 2017 French Presidential Elections

The last time I wrote about the French presidential elections was in 2012, during my senior year of college when I was living in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It was down to the final two- Francois Hollande (a socialist on the left), and Nicolas Sarkozy, the then-president who was from the right UMP party– now known as the Republican Party of France. As we now know, Sarkozy … Continue reading The 2017 French Presidential Elections

Notes on Being an American Abroad During Election Season (Plus Why #ImWithHer)

Fun fact: I grew up in one of the most conservative counties in the country; my parents are both Republican; I was brought up in a secular household and attended a (very, very) liberal congregation (Unitarian Universalism, a shout out to you). When I was fourteen and a freshman in high school, President George W. Bush was running for his second term, and we had … Continue reading Notes on Being an American Abroad During Election Season (Plus Why #ImWithHer)

Nuit Debout- France’s “Up All Night” Movement

This past Tuesday, I ended my last class ten minutes early. While I gave my students the chance to go queue early for lunch and beat the crowds, I stayed behind to pack up my things and check my work email.  And as classes started being dismissed in the surrounding classrooms, I began to hear the sea of voices in the hallways, per usual. But then, … Continue reading Nuit Debout- France’s “Up All Night” Movement