the wonders of a quiche.

Foie gras, Camembert, and champagne… who needs it when there are so many things you can do with a quiche? This has become my go-to meal because it’s super easy to make, we usually have the ingredients on hand, and well, it’s just delicious.

Pre-packaged dough for the crust (or you can make it by hand if you want to be fancy), a few eggs, and a splash of milk are all you need to make your way towards a fantastic quiche. I’ve found that it doesn’t even really matter exactly how many eggs or how much milk you put in, but for a normal-sized quiche, I’d go with 3-4 eggs and between a 1/2 cup – 1 cup of milk. You can even use cream if you want! (See, the options are endless!) Throw in all of the other stuff you want, stir it all together, pour it into the crust, and voilà! 30 minutes later, it’s ready.

The first quiche I ever made: a quiche paysanne.

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FIBA!

Normally FIBA has something to do with basketball, but not in northern France: it’s the Festival International de la Bière Artisanale! 

The International Craft Beer Festival takes place once a year in the small town of Sainte Marie Cappel, just outside of Hazebrouck. Nearly 20 independent breweries are represented at the festival, and most of them come from the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. With 5€, you get a souvenir tasting glass, three tasting tickets, and of course, the whole FIBA experience, which is priceless.

The city’s gymnasium was packed full of local beer tasters. Luckily for us, the pouring rain started 30 seconds after we made it inside.

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city job hunting, market treasure hunting

The time of year has come to France, when thousands of foreigners enter the country to begin their year abroad as a language teaching assistant. Americans, Canadians, Brits, Germans, Spanish, Italians, and many more have been placed in elementary, middle, and high schools all around the country to serve as a cultural and linguistic link to their respective country and language, and I so wish I were participating in this program again!

But, I was unfortunately not renewed for the job and am therefore continuing to hang out in France, trying to find some form of employment!

Enjoying English! for French 6th graders.

I am now giving private English lessons to 4 clients, who are all very different. It’s nice because I am making a bit of money on the side and getting to practice adjusting my teaching methods for different students at different levels with different needs. I am working with a 10-year-old whose family is moving to the States next year, a girl my age who is preparing for an English airline exam, a boy my age who is getting ready to travel abroad, and a businessman whose company just went international who will need to be able to express himself in English. Each lesson is personalized, so that means I’m preparing a lot on the side, but getting a lot of experience teaching in varied situations.

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Brussels in a Day

The travel blues hit me hard Wednesday night. Therefore I bought tickets for the next day to and from Brussels, Belgium.

It’s a 34 minute, €28 TGV train ride from Lille, I had only spent half a day there before, I love how I never know if I should speak English or French, and I had a craving for waffles… so, why not?

After arriving at 9:45am, I grabbed a city map from the train station (seriously… I was slightly unprepared for this little day trip) and followed another guy who was holding a map out to the subway station in front of the train station. From there, I took the subway line 3 (or 4) towards Gare du Nord/Noordstation and got off at Bourse/Beurs, dropping me off just next to the main square. Once you step inside the square, you suddenly find yourself enveloped between huge, magnificent buildings, and you probably won’t know where to look – I spent a good 15 minutes just walking around and taking it all in!

The Broodhuis

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la braderie de lille!

It’s here!

Once a year, Lille hosts the biggest braderie, or street market, in Europe. Two to three million visitors venture to the north of France for one weekend to see tons of items from thousands of vendors. Vendors range from normal people to professional sellers to actual stores, and the items range from second-hand baby dolls to thousand dollar antiques. The moules-frites are famous, and a half marathon takes place in the crazy atmosphere as well. I missed it by three weeks last year, but this year, I got to experience it all.

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