Hello.  Bonjour.  سلام.  Ciao.

I’ve had wanderlust since the age of fourteen, when I first arrived in Paris on a family vacation. Frequent trips to France and courses in the French language weren’t enough to slake my obsession with Francophone culture and foreign languages, so I moved to Geneva, Switzerland, on a Gap year at the age of eighteen.

I spent nine months in Geneva fumbling with my gradually improving linguistic abilities, blending into Swiss high school as the only foreign exchange student, and exploring the wonders of Swiss culture with an incredible host-family (now second family).  It was like living a fairy-tale life, unreal, fleeting.  I wanted to follow my Swiss classmates to the University of Geneva, but family and friends were calling me back home. Instead, I settled down for a time in Omaha, Nebraska, pursuing a degree in French literature so as not to lose my budding second language. Secretly I was scheming to return, this time to France.

In January 2011 I became an undergraduate exchange student in Amiens, a charming city in the north of France. I was affectionately called an “Erasmus,” synonymous with many things, none of which include studying. I enrolled directly in the French university and met  Czechs, Poles, Romanians, Spaniards, Turks and the wonderful, fun-loving North Africans. I fell in love with another culture, a French-speaking subculture made up of North Africans from the Maghreb: Moroccans, Algerians, and my beloved Tunisians. And so I was introduced to the Arabic language, la culture maghrébine, the realities of immigrating to Europe.

I went back to Amiens for a year, from August 2012 to June 2013, after finishing my undergraduate education in the United States.  I spent a year learning about English as a foreign language, taking Masters classes, teaching English and making friends among Erasmus and locals alike. In June I decided to move back home for a spell, accepting a dream job in the greater New York City area hiring language tutors worldwide. My fiancé is patiently waiting in France for his visa to arrive, and in the meantime, I am working on mastering countless foreign languages and the nuances of living on the East Coast.

Follow my blog for some of the adventures and mishaps of my international life…


8 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello fellow expat! Thanks for the like and follow at chanceofsun. Good luck with your continued adventures and settling in in your new life! Exciting times, huh?! :)

    • Yes, there’s a worldwide expat community out there, and we generally live pretty interesting lives. I’ll definitely be following your blog, as I am interested in studying in Germany sometime. All my best!

  2. Inch’allah!… I wish that your dreams came true!…

  3. Margaret Martinetti

    Bonjour! My family and I are living in Amiens during the 2012-2013 year for my sabbatical leave from the States. I was so encouraged to find your blog and read your post about OFII–we are currently going through the ultimate culture shock and trying to get our cartes de sejours…
    Unlike you, we are not fluent in French, though our 4-year-old boy is getting there, thanks to Maternelle Notre-Dame :)
    Thank you for your blog and good luck with your studies!

    • Wow, what a small world! I appreciate your comment, and I’m very happy to find that other Americans are living in Amiens. What do you think of the city and life in France?

  4. Berengere

    Your blog is wonderful. We are just coming back from 2 years in new York and are now in Amiens. My two children are now able to speak french and english. It would be awsome if We could find an american Baby sitter in Amiens. Perhaps you know somebody who could be interested ? Thank you.

    • Hello Berengere, thank you for your comment. I am glad to hear about your children and hope that someday I will be able to raise multilingual children myself. I’ll ask around among the English-speakers I know in Amiens, but many of them leave after a semester. How long will your family be in Amiens?

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