Solo Girl Sojourns: Paris

Paris, Paris, Paris, De mes amours c’est lui le favori Josephine Baker really put into words the enchantment of  Paris.  The  above lyrics are from  “Paris, Paris, Paris,” which is a song that says “Paris” so many times that it stops sounding like a word.  However, it is also one of the songs that was…

Italian Beaches and “Wonderlust”

As we near the end of January and I work on planning out my blog posts for the upcoming months, I decided that, rather than a travel post (because I have been very busy), I would post this reflection on the title of my blog – Wonderlust Writings. But first, it’s January, and I’m  getting […]

Reflecting on Study Abroad

One year ago, I returned from a semester in France.  I’ve had a decent amount of time to reflect on this and to think about my experience and what advice I would give to other students.  Given that I am writing about the entire process of this from picking a program to coming home, this…

Reflecting on Rome

Rome, the Eternal City.  I spent a weekend in Rome while I was in Italy last summer, and despite the heat and crowds, I still really enjoyed it.  There’s a reason it’s popular, after all!  For me, one of the thrills of Rome is the age of everything – like a lot of places in…

Top Five – Semester in France

With less than a week left here in France, this will probably be my last post for the semester (finals and a flight are really all that remain).  We’ll see though; there may be a bonus. First though, this week has been pretty chill.  Final presentations, end of semester discussions, and free food.  CEA, my…

Geneva and Grenoble

This was a busy week!  I actually only had one day of class because my Political Science class on Refugee Politics joined with the International Relations students for a three day trip to Geneva – four if you count traveling there last Sunday.  And of course I travelled again this weekend, but that was a…

Thanksgiving and Christmas Markets

It’s hard to believe my time here is coming to an end.  But now that every city has up Christmas lights, and all the towns have their Christmas markets, it’s clear that the season is almost here.  However, when you attend school with Americans, there still has to be some celebration of Thanksgiving.  For one…

Paris!

As someone who enjoys literature and art, I’ve read quite a bit about Paris to learn more about the history of such things (quick recommendation: The Judgement of Paris by Ross King and When Paris Sizzled by Mary McAuliffe). However something the books never explained was why it was always Paris, and while there were…

Prehistory to Picasso

With a little more than a month left in the semester, everything is happening all at once without much time to slow down. This week, besides two field trips, I also attended a cooking class and wine tasting. The cooking class was wonderful, and I learned how to prepare salmon on a cauliflower puree. In…

A Tour Through Central Europe

This past week was my fall break.  Since Thanksgiving isn’t really a French holiday, the fall break comes about midway through the semester like spring break would.  So, about a month ago, I booked myself on a tour through some of the capitals of Central Europe – not speaking German, it wasn’t the best idea…