The view from my window

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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 my Silicon Valley apartment. I love not having a […]

April 25, 2010 Continue reading…

And this, my dear, is what they call an adventure

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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 complaints. Before leaving, I was sure that the ash cloud would affect […]

April 22, 2010 Continue reading…

Catch you later, California

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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. Whatever. Also, I would like to sincerely thank the Iceland […]

April 20, 2010 Continue reading…

There’s no place like home

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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 settling down in a city (and country) that was established before interstate highways and cookie-cutter suburban […]

April 19, 2010 Continue reading…

Paris has gone to the birds

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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 to Paris, my mom and I discovered Marché aux Oiseaux–translated, the bird […]

April 18, 2010 Continue reading…

Worrying is like a Ferris wheel: you go around without really getting anywhere

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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 will be tan, without breaking my “no tanning bed” resolution […]

April 16, 2010 Continue reading…

Quiche: the fancy name for eggs and bacon pie

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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 fill you up. However, quiche is pretty delicious (it’s basically eggs and bacon in a […]

April 15, 2010 Continue reading…