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…

Tucson for Foodies

The best thing about Tucson is the food.  No, seriously.  I mean, there are lots of great things, but it is a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, which should tell you that the food is good.  That said, I thought that in honor of Thanksgiving, I would do a post to talk about some of my favorite food…

Tucson Fall: Starry Skies and Apple Pies

It’s autumn: That wonderful time of cool weather, hayrides, and pumpkin spice everything. Living in Tucson though, sweater weather doesn’t really come at the same time as pumpkin spice.  In our apartment, we’ve been ready (and rather desperate) for fall since the start of the school year.  None of us are desert natives, but in…

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…

Two Days in Santiago

I’ve had an amazing couple of days in Santiago!  It’s such a big and vibrant city,  and I would love to see  more of it in the future.  However, with only two days I had to make the most of my time and see everything I could. Day 1 was mainly spent seeing the sights…

The Midnight Train Back to School

Last Thursday, I arrived at the Pittsburgh train station at about 10:30 p.m., and at a few minutes past midnight, my train left the station.  I had the excited feeling I always get on trains when they start that light rocking that means you’re on your way.  Although I had a sleeper cabin and knew…

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…