A year in numbers

Here are just a few: 119 Students attending our biggest week at Camp Galileo this past summer 38 New recipes written down in my cookbook 27th Birthday celebrated 24ish inches of hair cut off 23 Blog posts 22 Sections of English classes taught at the Lycee Edouard Herriot high school in Troyes, France each two…

Reflections

Just about two years ago, I completed my Peace Corps service in Ukraine. It’s amazing to me that it’s been so long! How is it that it was more than 48 months ago that I was living in Sosnivka, teaching English, and living off smetana and pelmeni? I’m getting too old I guess…time is beginning…

What you can learn by standing on your head

I was once asked the question: What would be the first line of your autobiography? This was my answer: “She always said that learning to do a free-standing headstand was one of her life’s biggest accomplishments: it took dedication, hard work, patience, and balance.” It might seem silly, but it’s totally true. Lessons learned from…

Castle on a Cloud

I’ve lived in multiple countries, but in the United States, I’ve only ever been a Californian. Today that changes. Today I’m saying goodbye (again) to California as this United flight takes me 2400 miles away from SF to DC. And although Washington DC is not a different country, it will certainly feel like a different…

sunshine-award

The Sunshine Award Post

If you haven’t already gathered by now, I’ve moved back stateside from France. And one thing that I will always associate with a move back to the States from any other country is an upswing in the level of busyness. No other country I’ve lived in requires such a constant stream of commitments, heavy work loads, and…

The Best-Ever Quote About Ayn Rand

Originally posted on 101 Books:
I’ll be honest. I don’t know who John Rogers is, but if this isn’t the best-ever quote about Ayn Rand then I don’t know what is. If you love Ayn Rand, well, sorry. We’ll be back to the normally scheduled programming tomorrow. ? There are two novels that can change a…

Fika! Stockholm

Coffee and Kayaking: Sweden Part II

There is a very long list of cities in which I’d someday love to live. San Francisco is high on that list. So are Seattle, Portland, and Chicago. There are plenty of international locations, too. I could grow used to drinking sweet mint tea in Marrakech, pints of Guinness in Dublin, or café au lait…