Mirko’s Chocolate Salami

The perfect chocolate dessert I love chocolate.  I love chocolate cake, chocolate brownies, and chocolate tarts.   So when I met Mirko, an exchange student from Italy who brought me ‘chocolate salami’ I knew it would be good.  Now don’t be alarmed there is no meat in this dessert, it is … Continue reading

Being an Exchange Student

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Going Abroad Being an exchange student.  This means different things to different people.  For me I have both been an exchange student, hosted an exchange student, and befriended many exchange students.  You can go abroad all over the world and experience a completely different life.  What does this mean you … Continue reading

Reims Cathedral

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The Cathedral Light Shows in France Before coming to France I had never heard of a cathedral being lit up with a color show.  Little did I know that even existed.  So when my amazing host family told me they would be taking me to a special cathedral lights show … Continue reading

Paris Through My Eyes

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The City of Lights The last time I saw Paris, her heart was warm and gay, I heard the laughter of her heart in every street café. -Oscar Hammerstein II Ah Paris…  A city known throughout the world for art, fashion, beauty, and food.  There is so much to see … Continue reading

A Belgian New Years

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Bleated Happy New years to everyone!  I have been so incredibly busy the past month I haven’t had the time to write about New Years yet!  But let me start by telling you, it was AMAZING.  So I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for New Years, all … Continue reading

Christmas Traditions in France

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Christmas in France Even well before Christmas you can start to feel the holiday spirit.  I was in Lille this Christmas and it was incredible.  With a giant Ferris wheel in the town square that played loud Christmas tunes.  A giant Christmas tree, and lots of other Christmas decorations too.  … Continue reading

The Typical French Family

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Life in France I have been living in France as a local for almost four months and in doing so have seen the inside operations and inner workings of French family lives. The mother One of the big things that other exchange students and I have noticed in France is … Continue reading

Pot-Au-Feu

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A Traditional French Repa I recently was given the honor of trying the traditional French meal Pot-Au-Feu (pot of fire in English).  It is a special meal that used to be a typical meal for the middle class French family.  However in the modern age the time and preparation it … Continue reading

Lessons I’ve Learned From My First Month in France

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French Culture Today is officially a full month that I have been living in the North of France with my French family.  It has been amazing to fully experience France for the first time.  I have traveled around in France before, but actually living with a French family, speaking the … Continue reading