18 Things You Might Not Know About Kikalavil

It has been a while since I have been able to actually sit down and write a blog post. This past month has just been crazy in itself, with three consecutive trips and my university gala. I am certainly not complaining. Val de Loire was a beautiful, countryside escape, Milan was my doorway into Italy, a country I was already in love with but now even more, and Germany was a fun weekend away with friends I had not seen in years. Before I get into my posts about my trips and all the seriousness, I thought maybe I could do a quick little post about things you probably do not know about me. Continue reading “18 Things You Might Not Know About Kikalavil”

Enfants: A Letter to the Girls I Babysit

*I am behind one day. I plan on catching up by Saturday (either posting two posts that day) or Sunday, by adding a post. 

Dear Girls,

You have no idea how much I love coming to pick you girls up from school and see little L running down the stairs to come and give me a hug, seeing A come out and giving a shy smile. I love walking hand in hand, talking about the day and learning new words with you. Continue reading “Enfants: A Letter to the Girls I Babysit”

Avoir l’Accent

Accent: nom masculin
1.  Signe graphique sur une lettre
In English: A mark indicating stress, vowel quality or pitch.
2. L’accent est une particularité de diction d’un locuteur dans une langue donnée. Il est propre à une région ou un milieu social.
In English: A distinctive way of pronouncing a language, especially one associated with a particular country, area, or social class. Continue reading “Avoir l’Accent”

Come Spring, New Challenges

A to Z Badge

I am so stoked for what I am about to do… I have dared myself this month to do the April A to Z Challenge! If you have never done it before (like me), it happens in the month of April and one must post each day (except Sundays). Each day, you follow the order of the alphabet and your post revolves around that letter. Day one, start with “A”, day two, “B”, and so forth… Continue reading “Come Spring, New Challenges”

The Power of a Good Job/Boss/Teacher

I like work. I feel comfortable, I can make jokes, attempt to speak French, and I can talk about my private life and not be afraid of feeling like I am being judged. These are things that with my old host family were unimaginable. When I spent a vacation with my boyfriend (which my old host mom knew nothing about) and came back to work, my old host mom would ask me when I was going to learn French and if I had even attempted to speak it that past week. When I speak French with my new family, my host mom has complimented me on my effort and mentions that French is not an easy language. With my old host family, if the girl broke something, it was my fault for not having paid attention and shame on me (by the way, I love the girl I used to take care of, and am sad I could not say goodbye). With my new host family, kids will be kids and accidents are going to happen. If I bought shoes (or anything else), my old host mom would always eye them and talk about how difficult it is to find good quality shoes these days. My new host mom doesn’t even ask if I show up with something new, but she sometimes comments on what I look like by simply complementing me. Continue reading “The Power of a Good Job/Boss/Teacher”