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April 2010

Oh, the places you’ll go!

I'm a little bit torn about traveling in Europe while I'm in Nice. On one hand, I want to completely immerse myself in the French Riviera and create a life there (read: I have to make limited funds stretch for six months). I want to spend my free...
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A lifelong love affair with France

Contrary to popular belief, I'm not French. Not a splash of that cheese-loving, surrender-monkey French blood in my body, yet I'm as Francophile as they come. In case you were wondering why this German-Italian-Irish-Polish melting pot shunned her...
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Cassis: a seaside gem

When I was 16 and living in France for the summer, family friends took me for a day in Cassis. We suntanned on high rocks and cliff jumped into the Mediterranean. To me, it was the most beautiful place in the world. As you can probably tell, this...
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Nutella: best served cold

Nutella becomes an unhealthy obsession for Americans who discover it in Europe while studying abroad or exploring the grocery store. I'm no exception. I was shocked when I stayed with family friends in France and I was allowed to spread Nutella on...
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How traveling cured a picky eater

Growing up, I was a picky eater. It's an awful side effect of being an only child. I would only eat bananas and cucumbers if they were "thinly sliced." I refused most green vegetables. In high school, my mom demanded I write a list of the...
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The dilemma of a millennial bookworm

Confession: I am a bookworm. Literally, I was the child who walked to school with her nose in a book and couldn't wait for her weekly trip to the library. (I was also a huge nerd growing up, but let's save the discussion of my awkward childhood for...
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Pack lightly, and carry a credit card

I'm limiting myself to one suitcase. One backpack. One tote. I will freely admit I am not the world's best packer. I tend to bring a lot of things I don't need (including super cute but blister-inducing shoes and a clutch in every color) and...
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Cappuccino and a view of the Mediterranean, s’il vous plaît

My first visit to Nice was in January 2008, and I fell in love with this city on the Mediterranean. You really can't beat a cafe on the beach in the middle of winter....
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Why I should listen to my mother

My mom is always telling me to keep my eyes open: for the empty space in a crowded parking lot, when I would complain about the lack of suitors for high school dances, as I stressed about finding a job post-graduation. She's constantly...
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Ratatouille: not just a Disney movie

One thing you must know about me: I love garlic. I have fond childhood memories of my dad roasting garlic and letting me eat it straight out of the oven. I'm also obsessed with Rachael Ray's 30-minute meals and her prolific use of EVOO...
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