amsterdam

Instead of flying thousands of┬ámiles back home for Christmas, which would have been lovely, we decided to fly just a few hundred to Amsterdam. (for 35 EUR no less!) Everything that I had heard about Amsterdam was true and then some. And despite the blustery December weather, this city was an absolute dream. I’m actually…

grenoble

When you grow up in Florida, mountains become an exotic thing. As is even the smallest patch of snow. That’s why I fell head over heels for Grenoble! Located in the river valley of several mountain ranges, this town is a popular ski getaway. It even hosted the 1968 Winter Olympics.

diy

A benefit from taking the TEFL course here in Toulouse is that it introduced me to some new friends, one of which has become an almost daily partner in crime – Maaike! I love her enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, and ability to day drink. In between our teaching hours, we explore the city, concoct plans, and…

christmastime

*updated* I feel very lucky to be in Toulouse around this time. Unlike passing tourists, just visiting for the weekend and experiencing a sliver of the city, we get to live here and see every side of Toulouse during every season. Fall is definitely gone. The crisp, sunny days have been replaced with something markedly…

a birthday in paris

We just returned from a beautiful and jam-packed weekend with friends in Paris! It just so happened that two of my girlfriends from Raleigh had planned to be in Paris the same week as Daniel’s birthday. Add another friend visiting Paris from Berlin and you’ve got a perfectly debaucherous celebration! And boy did we celebrate…