Category Archives: Travel

figue

| fig (feminine noun) | /fig/ I originally considered writing my master’s thesis on Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. But rereading the novel and devouring research on the fragmented female identity, as portrayed in Plath’s novel, resonated too much and … Continue reading

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histoire

| story (feminine noun) | /istwaʀ/ All of my belongings fit neatly in seven cardboard boxes, and I can stack them all in the back of my boyfriend’s Peugeot. I do not own a house, but I have many. One … Continue reading

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vivante

| alive (feminine adjective) | /vivɑ̃t/ Being alone defies social norms. From a young age, there is instilled in us a certain fear of solitude, because it is the terrible breeder of loneliness. That fear crystallizes within us until we … Continue reading

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pavé

| cobblestone (masculine noun) | /pave/ I have friends who have spent months traveling alone through South America and Africa, so you may scoff at my one-week solo trip through Scotland. But it was nothing short of a personal victory. … Continue reading

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magie

| magic (feminine noun) | /maʒi/ There’s an episode of my beloved television show 30 Rock in which Liz Lemon visits Cleveland with her boyfriend. She falls in love with the city, which is infinitely more friendly and clean than her hometown New York … Continue reading

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lâcheté

| cowardice (feminine noun) | /lɑʃte/ People grin, tell me I’m so brave. What strength, what courage I possess to travel so freely, and so far, at such a young age. But they don’t know. “Listen to me,” I confess. … Continue reading

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aller

| to go (verb) | /ale/ The academic year has come to an end, so I’m burdened with copious amounts of time. I am legally obligated to stay in France until my contract ends on July 15th, since I have several … Continue reading

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