Life in Paris, Relationships

Wedding Weekend:

I think I'm going to have to accept the occasional missed post as a reality this summer, there is simply so much going on and not enough wifi to go around! It's Monday morning, but I'm still really feeling the glow of an amazing weekend among friends and family. We spent the weekend in the… Continue reading Wedding Weekend:

Immigration

Mornings at the Préfecture 

This is a lot harder to do when I actually have a job. Two years ago, I had time to waste an entire day sitting in various chairs, waiting for the wheels of bureaucracy to turn.  This year, I'm writing this post from outside the préfecture, where I've been waiting for about an hour. Let… Continue reading Mornings at the Préfecture 

Life in Paris

Train Travel : A Step-By-Step Guide

Let's be real, I'm holding my own hand here. I am reminding myself that I write for me, not for other people, but it still ought to be said that I am no expert at train travel in France. I take trains outside of Paris about 5-7 times per year, largely to go on vacation,… Continue reading Train Travel : A Step-By-Step Guide

Immigration

Immigration Insanity

It's that time of year! I recently created a shared calendar for our household, and there are three upcoming meetings at the Préfecture scheduled for this week. By meetings, I naturally mean, "ARRIVE AT 7AM TO WAIT IN LINE UNTIL 9 IF YOU WANT TO HAVE ANY HOPE OF GETING TO WORK ON TIME!" I'm… Continue reading Immigration Insanity

Challenges, Reflection

Delay Delights!

My train out of Paris was delayed for an hour, and it was great. I don't love to waste time. There's a lot to be done and not always enough time to do it. That said, I'm trying to take my happiness very seriously this summer. Instead of feeling some kind of angst or dismay… Continue reading Delay Delights!

Life in Paris, Reflection

Insights on the Eve of a Conference

Last night was the hottest night in Paris since 1872! Shipping items to the grocery store should not be easier than shipping them to my house, and yet... I picked up a package today that is very exciting! I got a letter yesterday from my college roommate, and she inspires me to write to her… Continue reading Insights on the Eve of a Conference

Immigration, Life in Paris

French Elections for the Disenfranchised

It's Sunday, everyone! I, obviously, cannot vote in France. I'm a legal resident, not naturalised, and not a citizen. This is a hugely consequential election for France, and the turnout as of lunchtime are not looking great. While I look forward to voting in the 2022, the extent of my participation this round was to… Continue reading French Elections for the Disenfranchised