Between February 13th and 17th, select Parisian universities had their February breaks. As I have the pleasure of attending not one, not, two, but four separate institutions in Paris, I ended up with a quasi-break: no class on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday, but class on Wednesday and Friday. I decided to use this sliver of […]Read more "February Break in Geneva, Switzerland"
Three weekends ago I got unnecessarily emotional in an Asian supermarket. It was the first day of the Lunar New Year, I was standing in the beverage aisle in Chen’s Supermarket in Belleville’s 10th arondissement Chinatown, and as I rifled through the cans in search of a honey chrysanthemum drink I felt a weird lump […]Read more "The 0.504%"
Paris is an excellent place to be in the New Year. In many ways, the French style de vie contradicts the stereotypical American way of life, a fact that any Parisian will not hesitate to remind you: les américains tend to use water and electricity more liberally, will eat wherever and whenever is most convenient, are glued to their […]Read more "Minding my manners"
To quote Ernest Hemingway in his posthumously published memoir on his life as a struggling young journalist in Paris, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” Alas, unlike […]Read more "Moving the moveable feast"