FROM READERS: MU grad reflects on her year abroad as a nanny in Paris

MEGAN SUDDARTH / MISSOURIAN READER Oct 21, 2015 For access to the original publication, click here. Everyone always asks you when you’re young, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As a child, you think you’re supposed to know. As if the answer is set in stone, and something that you overwhelminglyContinue reading “FROM READERS: MU grad reflects on her year abroad as a nanny in Paris”

How Paris Changed My Life

I remember the first time I thought about it. I remember thinking, “This is crazy.. I’d never actually do it..” And then I remember realizing that actually nothing made more sense to me than moving to Paris. After just one year, my time in Paris has changed me. I’ve grown into a completely different being.Continue reading “How Paris Changed My Life”

Goodbyes are the Hardest Part..

I knew when I moved to Paris, that I would get attached and it’d be hard to move away. I knew that after spending a year of my life with a family separate from my own and caring for children who weren’t mine, I’d find it difficult to leave. I knew that I’d fall moreContinue reading “Goodbyes are the Hardest Part..”

The Beginning of Goodbyes: An Au Pair’s Last Two Weeks on the Job

This week was a spectacular one. My host parents were out of town for the second half of the week so I spent 72 straight hours with my kiddos. And on top of that, my oldest kid S got out of school last week so she was completely free all day every day. Most auContinue reading “The Beginning of Goodbyes: An Au Pair’s Last Two Weeks on the Job”

Fête de la Musique 2015

Every year on June 21, France has a party. And I mean a big party. A music party. The entire country explodes in harmony all afternoon and evening and the experience is magnificent. Basically, there’s a band playing on every corner of every city and you just walk around indulging in the melodies. It’s insanelyContinue reading “Fête de la Musique 2015”

Escaping City Life: A Day Trip to Normandy’s Capital

It’s always so nice to get out of the city and explore more of what France has to offer. Coming from a small town, sometimes living in such a huge city is a bit overwhelming for me. So, whenever I have a chance to get away for a bit, I take full advantage. Yesterday, IContinue reading “Escaping City Life: A Day Trip to Normandy’s Capital”

Tackling (Most of) My Paris Bucket List in One Week

Since moving to Paris almost a year ago, I’ve had a bucket list to complete that I’ve slowly been adding to throughout my time here. And last week, I was able to cross off four more things. So, I’m almost done with my list! Just a few more things left.. But for now, I’ll tell youContinue reading “Tackling (Most of) My Paris Bucket List in One Week”

Père Lachaise: A Guide to Paris’ Most Famous Cemetery 

Have you ever had the urge to just grab a horror novel and leisurely stroll through a cemetery? Perusing the graves, book in hand, admiring the beauty of each grave? No? Just me then? Well okay.. Let’s go ahead and change that right now. I’m about to walk you through the most famous Parisian cemeteryContinue reading “Père Lachaise: A Guide to Paris’ Most Famous Cemetery “

Experiencing the Champs Élysées Film Festival

Anyone who knows me knows that film and cinema are my life. I’ve been a film buff all my life and horror is my specialty. I mean, Dracula is my all-time favorite novel.. So you could say death and murder entertain me quite a lot. Anyway, I’ve always fantasized about attending a famous film festivalContinue reading “Experiencing the Champs Élysées Film Festival”

How A Protestant American Experienced A French First Communion

I have something wonderful to share. On Sunday, my kiddo invited me to his First Communion. I’d never been to a First Communion seeing as how I’m Protestant, not Catholic – and it was simply beautiful. Set at Madeleine in the center of Paris and done completely in French (obviously), it was so great gettingContinue reading “How A Protestant American Experienced A French First Communion”