Je crois que, dans les dix(!) ans d’écriture sur ce blog, ce poste-ci est le premier que j’écris en français, malgré le fait que j’habite en France plus ou moins depuis 2013. Mais ce poste, il est différent. Ce poste est un hommage, pour la dame qui se fût occupée de moi, qui m’eut accueillie– bras ouverts, chez elle, sans hesitation et jamais sans rien … Continue reading Pour Catherine
Dana, 19 ans, Jardin de Luxembourg, Paris, le 22 janvier 2010. Don’t mind the bangs. Five years ago today, I arrived in Paris. Little did I know that my journey through Normandy would have shaped the course of my twenties to where I am in life today. Without a doubt in my mind, studying abroad in France was absolutely THE best decision I made during my … Continue reading 5 Years Later– A Reflection on my Study Abroad in Normandy
It’s almost been a year since I graduated college. I can’t believe it. This was without a doubt, the fastest, and one of the best, years of my life. I’ll let you in a little secret as to why- it is because I am finally free from the stresses of university. Though perhaps a bit dramatic, I do not miss college at all. Not one … Continue reading Why I Believe Gap Years Are Important and Necessary
Tonight I clicked back through a few of my Facebook photos, and I found this one of me. This was taken by my friend Ryan in the Jardin de Luxembourg on our very first day in Paris, in January 2010. I remember that day perfectly. A cold winter morning, I was a mix of emotions. I was on edge, trying to make a good first … Continue reading Reminiscing
Every have those waves of memories of your semester abroad, that only the people you were with could possibly understand? Yeah, me too. But luckily, we are not alone. In fact, many American expat-wannabes experience similar culture clashes no matter where in the world we find ourselves. For a good laugh and some positive waves of nostalgia, check out this blog. Bisous, Dana Continue reading The Time I Studied Abroad
After the Shrine, Mayumi drove us to the beach! I was SO excited to be at the ocean. Being a Midwestern girl with nothing but lake Michigan, take a stab at where I wanted to be when I’m living on an island!? I’ve done the math and I have faced both sides of the Pacific Ocean (Japan and California), two sides of the Atlantic Ocean … Continue reading At the sea, at the Sea, at the Beautiful Sea!
Konichiwa, Everyone! Well, I’m off on another travel adventure! Come this summer, I will be embarking on an 8 week journey to Japan! I applied last spring, I had an interview in September, and then had to endure a long, six months until I finally found out as of this past week that I was accepted to the program and will be heading to Japan this summer! During … Continue reading Accepted and Japan Bound!