Jan 28, 2016

Le Bac, Le Fac -- Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Goutte


I've written about French elementary and middle schools, but it looks like I may never write about French high school and university experiences from a first-hand parent perspective. There are plenty of good reasons to return to the US: my husband misses San Francisco's nature and sports; the work visa is expiring; we've been away from family and friends a long time; there's a shadow of terrorism over the city; we'd kill for good tacos or Chinese dim sum. But of all the reasons, it's the schooling that will send us running back to the US.

Jan 19, 2016

Take the Cake (Please): Brun de Noix


There are plenty of French concepts we get wrong: for example, entrée (not the main dish of a meal, the appetizer!) and à la mode (not adding ice cream to something, but being in style). So it's only fair that the French occasionally mangle their English concepts. Enter exhibit A: le cake.

Jan 8, 2016

Egypt Us!: Pyramide de Chèvre...and Mish


Where does an American living in Paris go for vacation right after the nation's worst-ever terrorist attack by Islamist extremists? How about the Middle East? Knowing the region is always volatile, I only confirm the trip at the last minute when it seems safe enough -- at the beginning of November. As fate would have it, I believe I am paying for our non-refundable airplane tickets into Israel and out of Egypt just as the Russian plane from Sharm El-Shek is being blown up. Two weeks after that come the Paris attacks.

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