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Barcelonnette s’éveille… mais je m’en vais

During the second weekend of April, everybody in the Vallée de l’Ubaye was happy to take advantage of 75 degree weather and strong, clear sunshine.  Summer had come early!  Social events multiplied, and it seemed to me that Barcelonnette was … Continue reading

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Shout on!

I began writing this post on the regional train that took me back to the Alps after the TGV that took me away from Paris and the jet that took me away from Cork, Ireland.  After a week in Cork, … Continue reading

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Christmas Lasagne

I forgot to include this part of our Christmas Day in my first Christmas post.  These are Daniele’s famous homemade lasagne, which Michela told me about months before we got on the plane to Rome.

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Putting down (temporary) roots

It’s strange to think that I have barely written about my life in Barcelonnette.  I guess it’s harder to write about la vie quotidienne than it is to write about voyages here and there.  But lately, as have noticed my … Continue reading

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Christmas in a foreign clime

Sometimes my all-too-literal mind has a hard time understanding homesickness.  How can a place exert such a force on one’s mindset and emotions?  If you are well-fed, clothed, clean, and surrounded by people, how can you long to be somewhere … Continue reading

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“S”anksgiving à Barcelo

Here are a few notes and quotes from my first Thanksgiving spent away from home. On Thanksgiving day, I peeled sweet potatoes while Barcelonnette received its first big snowfall. In order to talk about the American holiday with my students, … Continue reading

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In Search of Spices

During the rest of my week in Paris I spent a lot of time wandering in search of spices, debating endlessly with myself about which ones I should buy, how much I should spend, what I should make with them… … Continue reading

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Paris, revisited

After a month in a place where everything and everyone is new, a week of vacation in Paris felt comfortingly like a homecoming. After taking good old Bus 91 to Boulevard Port Royal I was very tempted to stop in … Continue reading

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All triumphs, great and small

Living in a foreign country can make you inordinately proud of small accomplishments.  For example, the sight of my laundry hanging to dry on the clothesline I rigged up myself made me very happy the other day. The process of … Continue reading

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On A Marché Sur La Lune

My first weekend in Barcelonnette left nothing to be desired except for hiking boots.  On Saturday I made it to the market, despite sleeping rather late.  My Roman housemate Michela and I headed over together and I discovered that the … Continue reading

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