University à la française

So I’ve been MIA from Cornell Blogs for a while. Part of this can be attributed to my traipsing around Europe after having discovered the wonders of Twentysomething Budget European Travel. No worries though, Mom and Dad, the other part is because I’ve been actually doing the school thing. Alas, schoolwork actually ramped up quite a […]

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The 0.504%

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 […]

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Minding my manners

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 […]

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Moving the moveable feast

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 […]

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