It's a Sunday afternoon and we decided to take a trip up to the Parc National du Banco to get some fresh air. Sunday in Abidjan means no traffic, so we hailed a taxi and cruised on up to the park. Many people suggest getting a guide, including the personnel at the entrance, but being … Continue reading A Walk in Banco National Park
Harmattan. This was a word unfamiliar to me until I got first-hand experience of its effects. It's not something you can touch per se, but definitely something you can feel. According to Wikipedia: "The Harmattan is a season in the West African subcontinent, which occurs between the end of November and the middle of March. It is characterized by the dry and … Continue reading It’s not clouds, it’s “Harmattan”
It's been almost one month in Côte D'Ivoire. Abidjan is like the anti-thesis to Paris. Both are a huge cities, plenty of people, traffic, business, economics, political summits, you-name-it, they don't call Abidjan the "Paris of West Africa" for nothing. But while the shell of Abidjan might be similar, life couldn't be any more different. … Continue reading Hey France: Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling
Yes it's true, we traded our Parisien lease for something a little less conventional, but a little more roomy. In fact, we traded not only housing, but the country and city as well! About 3 weeks ago, we loaded up on a plane heading to Lisbon, Portugal, but don't let this deceive you, because 5 … Continue reading Big News: We Moved Again!
May 2019 It was a long weekend in France and we spent our time driving through the Western Norwegian Fjords and let me just stop right now to say that this region took my breath away (literally and figuratively, it was beautiful, but still quite cold!). Very often, I found myself standing in awe at … Continue reading Wild Camping in Norway
May 2019 In France, approximately every 6 weeks, the schoolchildren get a holiday of 2 weeks long. The often means, if you're a nanny like me, that you have 2 weeks of holiday, although not always paid. I fall into that “not working and not paid during holidays” category, which means I could either spend … Continue reading Two Weeks Spent at American Village “My Daily Camp”
June 14, 2019 I am teeming with excitement as today was the day I finally took my first DELF test, the official french government test to score your language skills and assess how well you really know french. PS English speakers, “passé” means to take the test (not literally like pass and not fail the … Continue reading J’ai passé le Delf A2!
Paris is known to be pricey, but behind all those high price tags you can find just as many affordable or cheap things. The same idea applies to finding french classes in Paris. There are some more expensive, “higher end” schools that maybe provide additional resources, smaller classes, and one-on-one tutoring, but you can find … Continue reading French Classes of Paris – Cheap or Free Edition
This one can be a little tricked to figure out than a coffee shop. I would say there is less consistency compared to a coffee shop. So maybe one night of the week is really good, but another one can be absolute merde. Or maybe next week a wild stag party will come in and … Continue reading Bars of Paris – Google Maps Edition
When you think of a Parisian Cafe what comes to mind? Les terraces? Aka the nice outdoor seating areas that allow prime real estate for people watching. The coffee and croissant combo while reading the daily newspaper? Yeah pretty cliche things, but when I think of this typical style Parisian cafe, I think of a … Continue reading Coffee Shops to See in Paris – Google Maps Edition