It doesn’t count until you write it down

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I rarely leave home without a yellow tablet of paper that contains my life’s to-do’s separated into quadrants. My hyper-organization is a result of my awful memory; if I don’t write it down, I absolutely wouldn’t remember anything. It’s also the product of giving me something to do when I need to pass the time, […]

May 25, 2010 Continue reading…

The bitter aftertaste of trying new things

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Before leaving for France, I swore that I was going to be openminded and try all sorts of new things. While I haven’t gone back on my word, I’m realizing that openmindedness comes at a price: the awful aftertaste of something that just wasn’t that good. Living with a French person who likes to cook […]

May 24, 2010 Continue reading…

A bit of Russia without ever leaving Nice

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Bet you didn’t know that Nice used to be the hotspot for exiled Russian nobles. Just as the French Riviera is now the playground of jetsetters and celebrities, Nice was once the ultimate vacation destination for Russians looking to escape those rough winters in Moscow.

May 23, 2010 Continue reading…

The real world is whatever you make it

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A year ago today, I became an official college graduate. I drank a Bloody Mary at 6 a.m., walked across the stage in a gold glittery cap and accepted a piece of paper that pushed me into the next socioeconomic class. If you had asked me then where I would be today, I would have […]

May 21, 2010 Continue reading…

The vastly underrated carrot

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It’s entirely possible that Monday was the first day in my 21 (almost 22!) years of existence that I peeled a carrot. I’ve been racking my brain for another carrot peeling experience, and so far, I have nada. Side note: I’m sure my mother will read this and immediately email me eight separate occasions in […]

May 20, 2010 Continue reading…

Mastering the art of French waiting

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Confession: I hate waiting. I am the girl who is constantly checking her watch, annoyingly tapping her foot, scowling at the person who is holding up the line. I despise being late, wasting time, not having things go my way. It is not my finest quality, and despite years of yoga and zen breathing, I’ve […]

May 17, 2010 Continue reading…

Coming to you live from Cannes!

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Taking advantage of a four-day weekend–thank you, France, for still pretending to be uber-Catholic when it comes to holidays–I headed to the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday with a few friends from class. Even during the day, Cannes was mobbed with people–celebrities, paparazzi, festival attendees and good old people watchers. I’d been to Cannes in […]

May 16, 2010 Continue reading…