Holiday Cheer

A little vin chaud, some Christmas songs to sing along to, and plates full of cookies to decorate (and eat!) make the gray Troyes weather much more bearable.

What’s in a Name

As I was sitting in a room full of French high-school students yesterday, I got to thinking about names. Midway through the English lesson I was observing my colleague teach, a student had a question. He raised his hand, but Jean-Philippe didn’t see him. “Monsieur?” the student then called out to him, finally grabbing the…

A Nomad’s Thanksgiving

I have not spent a Thanksgiving in the United States since 2009. C’est fou, hein! That’s totally crazy! Even crazier: in the last eight years, I don’t think I’ve had any two Thanksgivings in the same city. Just another example of this nomadic life I lead. This past weekend, I celebrated a belated Thanksgiving at…