“Lisboa” in Pictures

A few moments from my little trip to Lisbon, colorful city of tile. The days were filled with steep hills, narrow streets, outdoor beer-drinking, sweet-smelling flowers, and buttery yellow light.

Just call me “sir.”

Receiving emails addressed to “Monsieur” will never get old. I am in fact a woman named Jillian (Jill). Both of these spellings are rather unusual and ambiguous in France, and apparently more masculine than feminine. I’ve met French people with whom I’d previously only communicated via email who have admitted to me, “I actually thought…

French Tact

The following is loosely translated from French: Me: So, what else do you want to ask the American [pen pal] class? 10-year old French student: Are you fat? Me: That’s not a very nice question- and it’s also a stereotype. French student: Write it, write it! Me: They’re going to think French students are very…

Carry-On Packing Tips

It appears that some airlines have begun to redefine the term “hand luggage”…

Sad Days Ahead

Can’t bear to replace my trusty old backpack until I have to… so I got scary-resourceful and repurposed some office supplies…