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Nantes Sneaking Up On Me!


As I prepared for a presentation to complete my internship in Nantes, France, I found this article online of the holiday show that I did with another intern at École Villa Maria.

Neither of us remember posing for this picture! But it’s a great memory of a fantastic evening!

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And then god said: Let There Be Mika…IN FRANCE!

My favourite new song from his “Origin of Love” Album 2012

I never really thought I’d get a chance to see Mika live. He’s popular in North America, but not  the level of crazy-popular that he is in Europe. And I’m a bit crazy about the guy & his music.

So you can picture the mini freak-out dance I did when I realized that Mika would be touring to Nantes (my home in 2012)!

Mika Paint


He played November 26th at Cité des Congrès in Nantes, France







If You Haven’t Had A Baguette Today, You’re Clearly Not In France!


I’ve had my first full whirlwind week in France. It’s had ups. It’s had downs. And in a short time I’ve already learned a lot. Let’s Go:

My first COUCHSURFING experiences were fantastic. For my hosts in both Paris & Nantes, I was their first and they were mine. They were generous with their personal space and their time and they helped me get this French adventure off to a very good start.

But then academic life started and things went nutty for a while! I clearly should have had more than a glass of water for breakfast because everything took longer than expected & I went from 08h30 until 18h without any food or drink!




I went back & forth on this line about 11 times on my first day at the University of Nantes!

But no matter where I went, no matter what part of the city I was in, I could be guaranteed one thing: before long someone eating a baguette or a pastry would walk by!

So here’s a quick glimpse of Nantes….not a bad spot to call home for 4 months


Up&Down, Back&Forth: It’s Time to Stay Put

Lift Off

I went up. I went down. I went back & forth. I slept on cots & couches, in airports and in parks! As any backpacker knows: travelling is exciting, but it’s terribly exhausting after a while!


  • The Paterei Prison in Tallinn, Estonia was probably the most unique and haunting thing I have ever seen. When a new prison was built, the old one was pretty much deserted, some rooms left in-tact, pictures and beds just sitting there. And for 2 euros you are free to explore it on your own….if you dare!


  • Russia (St. Petersburg & Moscow): I’ve explored both the cities before, but doing it with Brock (www.backpackwithbrock.com) was the trip I’ve been wanting to do for years! And it was ten years to the month when I first set foot in Russia: quite the anniversary!

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