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Guadeloupe, le bilan

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent six weeks as a summer program leader in Guadeloupe for VISIONS Service Adventures. It was great! The work was very intense and often stressful, but it was worth it to experience a new and special place alongside a great group of staff and participants. (Bilan is … Continue reading

Je vais à Guadeloupe!

I’m lucky to have found an excellent summer job, one that will take me back out of the country for about 5 weeks this summer. I’m heading to Guadeloupe, a French island in the Caribbean, as a trip leader with a program called VISIONS Service Adventures. VISIONS runs community service programs for teens that blend volunteer … Continue reading


When you’re learning French in school, you don’t necessarily learn a lot of  slang and informal expressions. And when you do learn them, you don’t necessarily learn the things that people actually say. Here are a few of the expressions I have picked up over the past 5 months. Disclaimer: some of these might be … Continue reading

Le dormeur du val

C’est un trou de verdure où chante une rivière Accrochant follement aux herbes des haillons D’argent; où le soleil de la montagne fière, Luit; C’est un petit val qui mousse de rayons. Un soldat jeune bouche ouverte, tête nue, Et la nuque baignant dans le frais cresson bleu, Dort; il est étendu dans l’herbe, sous … Continue reading