Cassis: a seaside gem

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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 is a picture I took on a […]

April 11, 2010 Continue reading…

Nutella: best served cold

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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 bread for breakfast–it’s basically like starting your day with dessert! Now I love […]

April 9, 2010 Continue reading…

How traveling cured a picky eater

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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 vegetables I would eat–and the very short list is […]

April 8, 2010 Continue reading…

The dilemma of a millennial bookworm

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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 another day.) All grown up, and I […]

April 7, 2010 Continue reading…

Pack lightly, and carry a credit card

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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 forget key items (contact lenses and extra underwear are among […]

April 5, 2010 Continue reading…

Cappuccino and a view of the Mediterranean, s’il vous plaît

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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.

April 4, 2010 Continue reading…

Why I should listen to my mother

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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 nagging reminding me to keep my options open, to never get stuck in […]

April 2, 2010 Continue reading…