France Through My Eyes: Football Frenzy

Like most European countries, France is a land of football craziness. Supporters stan their favorite football players, football clubs, and the national team. And for any sports fan it is of course one of their goals to watch a game in the stadiums. I was able to experience the football heat last night at the... Continue Reading →


30 December 2017 Festivities call for family to gather together. For New Year's we were at the grandparents' house. Papi and Mamie (French for "grandpa" and "grandma") lived in Arcachon, in a cozy house well-lit by natural light from the numerous picture windows. Of course we weren't going to sit around all day being couch... Continue Reading →

Vacances – Gérardmer

28 October 2017 ["vacances" is the French word for "vacation"]Saturday near noon I joined Héloïse, Maman and Papa in the car and off we went. We were on our way to Gérardmer to visit Papa’s aunt. The drive took about an hour, with the last ten minutes climbing altitude until we finally arrived in front... Continue Reading →

St. Nicolas

Today, December 6th, is St. Nicolas Day. However, we celebrated this festival in advance on December 2nd. We set out for Metz at around 11 in the morning, bundled up in layers of clothing to guard ourselves from the cold of December. I’d previously been to Metz before, but it was for a birthday party... Continue Reading →

Papa’s Birthday

14 October Guess who is the birthday boy today? My host father Gilles! (Obviously you can see that from the title of this post..) And he had the perfect day planned out for the entire family. That’s the thing I find to be super generous of him - he gives more than receives. For a... Continue Reading →


24 September Maman had a conference in Nancy, so Papa drove her there and took me along to show me around the city where my host sister Pauline was doing her studies (and where Papa did his studies too). It was a big city, but not bustling like Paris. The atmosphere was rather relaxed, and... Continue Reading →

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