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Reverse Culture Shock: 8 Things That Are Irritating Me Since I Left France

Shanna and the baguette in front of Notre Dame

Most of the time, I hear people talking about going into “culture shock” when they arrive in a foreign country.  For me, when I left France, the culture shock that I experienced was the shock of returning to the United States.  There are so many things here now that never really irritated me before, but […]

Alesund Norway on a Budget: How We Spent an Entire Day in Alesund Without Spending a Penny!

Alesund Norway on a Budget

Normally the words “Norway” and “budget” don’t play very well together.  Norway is well known to be on the the most expensive countries in the world.  We were not sure how our budget would fare during our one day visit to Alesund Norway. With a little leg work, we spent an entire day in Alesund […]

Waking up with Naked Men in Carcassonne France

Carcassonne Castle at night after Bastille Day fireworks

I awoke in Carcassonne France a little rough around the edges this morning surrounded by mostly naked men. Bastille Day in France had treated my very well.  I enjoyed it sitting along the edge of the river in Carcassonne France picnicking and drinking a little too much French wine while waiting for the spectacular fireworks show that was […]