things that go bump in the vines

The end is nigh! Sort of… it’s rapidly dawning on me that I’m in what feels like the final stretch of this program. At the time of writing, I have only two months left of school, followed by a month of travel and wrapping up in Bordeaux, then a summer-long internship in Canada (more on that later) and then a thesis defence back in France to finish the final year. Even though there’s technically 10 months to go, being able to go home in three months makes the program feel much shorter, even though it’s getting very busy. Read More

a bordelaise thanksgiving

My (already decent-sized) family is lucky enough to have lots of relatives on both maternal and paternal branches of the family tree, so Thanksgiving weekend typically has two massive feasts: the Chinese side on the Saturday, followed by the Taylor side on the Sunday (and a day of yoga pants and recovery on the Monday). Some of my friends have been able to join in the festivities when, for whatever reason, I have deemed them to be ‘homeless’ on Thanksgiving (not allowed where I come from). This holiday – the one time of the year to simply be grateful for food, family and friends – has always been a time I make sure to be home.  Up until now.  This is the first time I’ve not made it back to Canada with my family for Thanksgiving. Read More