An Open Letter

Dear Friends, I’ve told my parents, so now I can tell all of you that I’m pregnant. Come on, let’s get real. I’ve told them, and now I’m telling you that I’m leaving Paris at the end of the month, because I’ve accepted a job in Tokyo. A lot less dramatic, right? France, my other heart, […]

Letter from Marseille, the Marvelous

Dear Friends, The number 50 bus leaves from Aix-en-Provence to Marseille every ten minutes, and arrives at St. Charles terminal twenty-five minutes after one has boarded. For only five euros, one can ride in comfort from Aix-en-Provence to the second largest city in France (Paris is the largest).  *Create your own caption, but this man could’ve driven me […]

Letter from Aix-en-Provence: Bonjour!

Thursday, August 25 Dear Friends, The TGV train from Paris to Marseille scheduled to leave Gare du Lyon train station at 9:15am, left on the dot and it was exciting to be aboard in second class, seat 78.  * On the train, four strangers sit facing each other. Thankfully, I wasn’t sitting across from another […]

Letter from Paris: Life Goulash

Dear Friends, This post, similar to goulash, is going to have many different things thrown in, so if you need a minute to get a cup of coffee or tea or rum punch, please go ahead. 1) I live at 117 rue de belleville, in the 19th arrondisement (arrondisements are neighborhoods). On my block, there […]

Letter from Paris: Smorgasbord of Life

Dear Friends, It’s been exactly two weeks since I landed on the European continent. Fourteen days, I’ve come to learn, is like fourteen minutes when in the company of great people, tremendous feasts, and nothing but time to discover the meaning of pleasure. What’s your pleasure, and when’s the last time you experienced it? (*Dear Nutella, you’re my […]