Category Archives: Initial Impressions

pluie

| rain (feminine noun) | /plɥi/ This morning I awoke from a nightmare. Hoping to find comfort in familiar surroundings, the pale yellow walls of my bedroom, the warmth of a sleeping body, I realized with sadness I was in … Continue reading

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étrangère

| foreigner (feminine noun) | /etʀɑ̃ʒɛʀ/ I apologize for the unexpected hiatus. The housing search has been nothing short of a nightmare, and it occurred to me that I’m probably experiencing the same hardships my grandfather did when he arrived on … Continue reading

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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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