barcelona extras

One of the best things about living in Toulouse is our proximity to Spain, specifically Barcelona. I had never been before we moved here and now I can proudly say that we’ve been back several times (here and here)! It’s 3 hours away by direct train which means that when friends visit, it’s a big draw. I…

carcassonne

Before this trip, the only medieval experience I had ever had was the infamous Orlando dinner show, Medieval Times, when I was a teen. When you grow up in America, nothing is remotely close to being as old as the walled city of Carcassonne, so part time actors and trained horses try to do their best…

budapest – stop 3

This post is the third and final leg of the three city trip. April 2016. Budapest felt like the leg of the trip that we were all waiting for. None of us had been before and we had heard nothing but great things. I was most excited to visit the bath houses and to find…

vienna – stop 2

This post is the second leg of the three city trip. April 2016. The train from Prague to Vienna is about 4 hours so the three of us arrived by mid-afternoon. Vienna is the most expensive of the three cities, so because of that, we chose hostel accommodation for this leg of the trip and…

prague – stop 1

This post is the first leg of the three city trip. April 2016. As a kid, my family and I lived in Prague. The Berlin wall had come down a mere 3 years before and the country was just getting onto their feet post-Communist rule. What happened afterwards in 1990s Prague has been likened to…

instax

We had a visitor! Tara came all the way over the ocean and we had a wonderful time showing her around Toulouse and then exploring Carcassonne and Barcelona together. One of the many highlights of her visit was the little Fuji instax camera she brought along. We snapped tons of instant pics during her stay…

carnaval

Last week, Toulouse held their version of carnival, a pre-Lent celebration of excess. Hordes of people took to the streets on Saturday to dance and follow the parade from St. Cyprien to Jean Jaures. I have to admit some naivety here, because I had no idea this level of carnival took place outside of South America…

barcelona again

After exploring Toulouse with Mom and Phil for a few days, we all took a train to Barcelona for the weekend. I feel certain that I inherited by love for food and wine from her, so I was eager to devour our way through town. Devour we did…

berlin

It’s been 4 years since Dan and I were in Berlin and this time was no less exhilarating and totally bonkers. We stayed with Daniel’s friend, Vikas, in Prenzlauer Berg, the former 90s-era haven for artists and current tree-lined, boutique-studded community for young parents.

beauty and the burger

I’ve had some of the best and mind-blowing food I’ve ever had in my life here in southern France and yet every now and then, it’s fun to have something from home. Case in point, some friends and I (another American included) had lunch at Le Vintage.

chateau life

One of my good friends I made while doing the TEFL course, Lucie, lives just outside Toulouse in a beautiful area called L’Isle-Jourdain. It’s a 45-minute train ride out of the city which makes for a nice weekend escape.

tfc vs. psg

On Saturday Jan. 16, the Toulouse Football Club hosted Paris Saint Germain at the newly renovated Stadium Municipal. This match was going to be especially fun for a few reasons; TFC had previously been demolished by Paris (5-0), but they were coming off a morale-boosting win against Reims and there was a, albeit miniscule, chance…