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Christina in France

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Researching My Family Tree

I love to research. The smell of old books, card catalogs, and cranky librarians are just a few things that I love about research. When I moved to France a few months ago I had no ambition to figure out where I could find my mom's family. One main reason, I figured they were no longer living. However, after a trip to the Musee l'armee I realized something. I want to be proud of my French heritage, culture, and family. And thanks to my 23 and Me report, which tells me that, I reign from the North of France, I owe it to myself to know more about my background.[...]

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You Should Follow Your Dreams!

I was knee-deep in Instagram looking at holiday pictures and trying to get inspired when I saw a wonderful post by a travel blogger that I simply adore. There were several pictures of her and her husband in Germany as they played in the snow. In her post, she talked about the situation that occurred right before the pictures were taken. In the post, she said she and her husband had a heated discussion about where her mother was going to sleep since they didn't have a couch. Sometime later they went outside for a walk and it started snowing. From there[...]

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The French Dream

Change for me does not come easy. So when the husband asked me to decide what we should do as we faced a change in our lives I was going through some hard times. I was underappreciated at my job, I mean it was bad. I was feeling extremely low about myself, and afraid of what was to come next. So I had to give what he proposed a lot of thought. You see seven years ago, during a Christmas trip to Germany, I told the husband I had dual citizenship in France. His face lit up like the sun, he was excited and he told me so. Right there we both admitted that we[...]

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Christina in Paris

Christina in Paris has a nice ring to it, don't you agree! I never wanted to live in a big city, like Paris. All I wanted to do was to move out to the country. That is where my heart is and that is where I know I'll be happy. I'll be surrounded by my fainting goats, chickens and a couple of pigs. Ah the dream! However, my job brought me to Paris and so I am living here in the city of lights. I know that I have complained a bit about it but there have been a lot of GREAT things happening. (oh and I wouldn't be very French if I didn't complain!) For instanc[...]

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Things I learned when I moved Abroad Part 2

In my previous post, Things I learned when I moved Aboard, which you can read here, I talked about things that were clear and obvious. Being European, but having never lived in Europe I knew a few things. However, after moving here I learned a ton more. Let's just say, if I could go back a few months or weeks I would have told myself that I would need to book an apartment as soon as I could, and that I need a grantor, oh and a good amount of money. Not only do I need to have the first and last month's rent but because this is my first time living in France I[...]

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Paris and the Girl

I can not believe it has only been two months since I arrived in Paris. Not to sound corny or anything but I don't feel as though I have been here for a mere two months. I feel as though I've always been here. I know it is strange since I did not grow up here, and I barely speak the language. Until I had moved here I had only been to Europe one other time, mainly in Germany with one overnight trip to Metz, France. I've read books, watched movies, and learned so much about the culture through my mother. I even continued what I had learned about my culture by teach[...]

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French Trains: Easy to use and love!

Once upon a time, I lived in a place that made you think public transport was beneath you. Unless some life-changing event, like a DUI, happened, there was no reason for using public transport. Then I moved to the glorious PNW, where I learned there is nothing shameful about using the public transport system. Though some times it may take longer to get where you are going, you get to bypass the traffic and the annoying difficulty of finding a parking garage/spot. The first time I got on a metro train line I was nervous. I didn't want to look at anyone, nor di[...]

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Go Sight Seeing, Even Now

When I was a little girl I was told the Eiffel Tower was a sore spot in the sides of the French people. I was also told that it was not something spectacular to see. I am not sure if this was said to me as a deterrent or just simple facts that my mom and grandmother felt. Up until now the only time I saw the Eiffel Tower was in pictures, history books, or in movies such as "French Kiss." (my favorite by the way!) As time went on I felt an urge to visit the Eiffel Tower but honestly, I was not too thrilled about Paris. Too many people, too much going on, etc e[...]

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Fairytale Wonder; Versailles

Versailles to me has always been a dream. A foggy, twinkle light, romantic dream. I heard stories about it from the time I was little and briefly learned about it in school. As I grew older I realized the importance of Versailles and what it actually means to me as a French person. Others may not agree but for me, Versailles is a magical place that not only shows you France's amazing history but also what one person can create. (with the help of a generation of workers) This summer I finally got to see the Chateau Versailles in person. And it was everyth[...]

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my top 10 inflight playlist

Currently, I am 30,000 feet in the air. No, really! I am somewhere over the Atlantic flying to my home in France. I'm also bobbing my head to my personal best "inflight" playlist. As you may know, I am an avid reader, I even wrote about my top five books that I am reading while traveling. Click here to find out what books I am reading! However sometimes you want to throw some tunes on and drown out the world or in my case the loud humming of the plane engines. Or the constant nagging from my toddler. (Just kidding) So what do I like to listen to? Whe[...]