Our French Exchange Student- Finding Common Ground

Hi All! It’s Brooke.  To summarize our first week with our French Exchange student, I have to be honest; it was not easy and not what I expected.  Our student, Auriane, is extremely shy and introverted–probably the most shy person I’ve ever encountered in my entire life.  At first I thought she was just probably terrified, but have come to see that besides the fear of being across the world from your family in a country where you barely speak the language, she truly is just a very timid person.  I, on the other hand, am probably the most vocal, outgoing person, so our personalities really conflicted.


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A Mother and Daughter in Paris for 48 Hours–Is a Weekend Trip Doable?–and on a Budget?

As Audrey Hepburn’s infamous quote states, “Paris is always a good idea”..we cannot agree more…especially traveling as a mom and daughter–and her amazing Godmother.


If you think you need a lot of money and a lot of time in Paris, it’s not necessarily true.  While a longer stay and a bottomless wallet would have been a tad more desirable, two nights in Paris was totally doable for this then 12-year-old, 28 year-old and myself.  Yup, we’re leaving it at that.

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