Monthly Archives: September 2014

café

| coffee (masculine noun) | /ˈkæfeɪ/ I believe I’ve found a spot, a favorite place. You know, that cafe or bench where you stop to read, work, enjoy a drink, a conversation, or a quiet moment. I’ve just arrived in Bordeaux, so … Continue reading

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décalage horaire

| jet lag (masculine noun) | /dekalaʒ ɔʀɛʀ/ It’s only been three days since I stumbled, Dramamine drowsy, from the train into Bordeaux’s Gare St. Jean. Since then, I’ve bought a French phone and organized several walk-throughs for potential apartments. I can’t … Continue reading

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sel

| salt (masculine noun) | /sɛl/ I must be one of the only people who regularly flies from rural Tri-Cities, Tennessee to Paris, France. This airport is minuscule. There are four gates, all located in one large waiting area. It takes approximately … Continue reading

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valise

| suitcase (feminine noun) | /valiz/ I didn’t plan on writing another blog post until the day of my departure, but it’s 3 AM, and I felt like writing. Here’s a small list of what I plan to bring in … Continue reading

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tatouage

| tattoo (masculine noun) | /tatwaʒ/ If you who follow me on social media sites, you’re aware of my recent tattoo: “mad to live.” The quote hails from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road: “The only people for me are the mad ones, … Continue reading

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sans-abri

| homeless person (gender neutral noun) | /sɑ̃zabʀi/ I envision myself in a charming apartment with an old, stone façade. The walls are mostly bare, save for a few smartly-placed art-nouveau posters. The kitchen is small, but there’s always a bottle of … Continue reading

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inquiétude

| worry (feminine noun) | /ɛ̃kjetyd/ I cannot sleep. For the past few days, I have stayed with my boyfriend in Charlotte, North Carolina. He and his roommate have very little furniture, so I wrap myself in a blanket, sit … Continue reading

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