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April 2010

The pre-marriage bucket list

A big reason I decided to make the leap and move to Nice was my newly single status. No one to feel guilty about leaving behind, no relationship to maintain while pursuing my own dreams. I was inspired to create a "pre-marriage bucket list" by this...
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The simple life, sans technology

As I sit staring out my window at the hills rising above the old yellow buildings with faded turquoise shutters, I realize that this perhaps the same view that inspired the paintings of Picasso and Cezanne. I glance down at the tiny café at street...
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Nice makes me smile with my heart

I’m positive I was instantly pegged as an American today because of the perma-smile on my face. While the near-perfect weather and brilliant sunshine put everyone in a good mood, I had a few more reasons to be très contente. First of all, I have...
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The view from my window

It's not hard to wake up smiling with a view like this. Certainly, there are better views in the city: perhaps one that looks out over the Mediterranean, or an open plaza in Old Nice. However, this is a dramatic improvement over the tiny courtyard in...
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And this, my dear, is what they call an adventure

I have safely, and happily, arrived in Nice. It took about 45 hours in transit, including three planes and four trains, but I made it! My bags, however, are still in Frankfurt. Once my clothes and plug converter arrives, I will have no...
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Catch you later, California

For the next 24 hours or so, I'll be inching my way closer to Nice, France (via Chicago and Frankfurt). I can't wait to write (and share photos!) when I finally arrive--but keep an eye on my Twitter for updates from the road. Or airport....
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There’s no place like home

Leaving home is a bittersweet thing.  I love Northern California: boiling summers in Sacramento, playing the tourist in San Francisco, living down the street from the most famous start-up Internet companies in the world. Yet I'm looking forward to...
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Paris has gone to the birds

When I think of markets in Paris, I generally envision fresh fruits, huge rolls of cheese, pastries still warm to the touch. Maybe a few dead chickens hanging in the butcher's stand. Birds usually don't cross my mind. However, on my last trip...
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Worrying is like a Ferris wheel: you go around without really getting anywhere

As my departure date inches closer (countdown: three days left in the States), I seem to be hearing the same question over and over again: Are you nervous? Well...no. I'm moving to a beautiful beach for six months. The sun will be shining and I...
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Quiche: the fancy name for eggs and bacon pie

Apparently real men don't eat quiche. Typical. I feel like quiche is completely misunderstood by Americans. We assume that because it's French (fun fact: it actually originated in Germany), it must be snooty, difficult to cook or not enough to...
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