Dutch Culture and Travels

Today, from Utrecht, the Netherlands View Larger Map As I mentioned before, this is my 5th trip to Europe. Most Europeans seem surprised that I’ve traveled to Europe so many times already, and get another surprise when they find out that I can speak French. But...

Living in a Foreign Language

Over the past two weeks (which sometimes feels like months) I’ve, for the first time in my life, truly been living in a foreign language. Everyday, I have had a long, detailed conversation in French, everyday, I’ve learned a new word of slang, and...

French Myths Exposed (and confirmed)

From Marseille, France Agrandir le plan I promised this post – exposing some of the French stereotypes┬áthat pervade our (read: American) thinking about Europe. There’s a motto about traveling, especially when you go to a place with expectation, that you...

Seeing France though Others Eyes

From Avignon, France Agrandir le plan My first post from the road, almost a week after departing. Apologies for taking so long, but internet can be tough to find, especially after your laptop battery dies in a country where the cafes rarely have outlets. This is my...

Ahoy Europe

First, the big news – I’ve officially quit my job at the Sierra Club. If anyone has been paying attention to this blog, you’d have noticed that my blog posts took a serious dive around the same time that I started working. As work took up my...