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Crackdown on Airbnb & Uber …

Crackdown on Airbnb & Uber …

I cannot for the life of me remember why I tried Airbnb for the first time. You’d think it’d be somewhere on this blog that I have had for nearly three years…I am too lazy to look (based on my inclusion of a link…I found it 😉 ). But I have yet to be disappointed. … Continue reading

Adventure all around

Adventure all around

No no, I didn’t travel somewhere new or do anything remarkably crazy … but I did TRY something new. Something that would’ve scared me WAY too much, even just a few months ago, to even attempt. Background: for nearly 1 full week the trains here in France (SNCF: TGV, TER etc.) have been on strike: … Continue reading

I am a MARATHONER!

I am a MARATHONER!

As you can probably infer from the title, I have officially joined the Marathoner club! Can you believe it?!? Be prepared for a long post, the history leading to the race and my First Marathon experience. Let’s start with some numbers: 5 months of training, 62 actual training runs, I did training runs in 5 … Continue reading

What it’s like …

What it’s like …

I wanted to title this post: What it’s like to be 27 and not settling down. I didn’t want to though because this implies that I am perhaps not in a happy relationship or that I am not on a good life path or whatever. Most days I am 100% happy with the way things … Continue reading

Reverse Culture Shock, again.

Reverse Culture Shock, again.

I know it’s been a while and I have quite a few back posts to catch up on but I wanted to start with the most recent and work backwards … it’s easier this way 😀 I just returned back to the USA for a two month stint after spending the last 3 months in … Continue reading

French progression

French progression

I recently re-signed up for French classes at the Alliance Française in Marseille. I hadn’t been taking the courses for a while after I left for my two month summer back in the USA (to work, silly!). I didn’t want to invest as much money, nor time as I did in the beginning of my … Continue reading

deux ans, tranquille :)

deux ans, tranquille :)

October 31, 2015 That is how long I can, as of today, legally stay in France without making another visit to the prefecture ! YAY !  Sometime last week I realized that I should probably verify the date of expiration of my current rĂ©cĂ©pissĂ© de demande de carte de sĂ©jour. If you’ve done this before … Continue reading

PhD woes

PhD woes

About three years ago, before I started the PhD venture and I was still “just” doing my masters I thought to myself, regarding the PhD, what’s everyone complaining about? It’s not that bad, right? You get paid to do research, most of which is in front of a computer. You get paid to go to … Continue reading