Lyon, France is often referred to as “Little Paris,” but after spending a few days there last month, I would like to propose some other potential nicknames that more accurately capture the character of this city, and its relationship to Paris:
- “Kinder, gentler, cheaper Paris”
- “Paris for beginners”
- “Paris without the suffocating pee smell”
And yes, Lyon City Managers, if you’re reading this, you are welcome to use any of those as Lyon’s official new slogan. As much as I adore Paris (and I do, oh, I do!), Lyon might be my new favorite French city. At the end of our stay, while packing up to head back to Paris, I found myself asking my boyfriend Nick if we “really had to leave,” which sounds ridiculous, because going to Paris is never a bad thing, but it just goes to show how great Lyon really is. It can make you complain about going to PARIS. That’s impressive, isn’t it?
Here are a few of the things that made Lyon so surprisingly wonderful, and why I’m dying to go back! Keep reading »
When we met at college, little did we know that between the two of us, we would spend the next few years living in five different countries (U.S., France, China, Australia and England) on four different continents . Naturally, when we made our initial moves, our heads were full of images of exotic foreign men and exciting adventures. But, as with many things about living abroad, dating abroad turned out to hold some surprises in store for us. During that time, we dated some weird people, made some questionable choices, and occasionally fell flat on our faces while trying to flirt in a second language.
Now that we’re both living in London, we’ve come to view these dates fondly (though it took longer for some than others) and started cataloging the good, the bad, and the extremely strange men that we dated. These are the strangest eight things that happened to us while dating abroad: Keep reading »
We don’t live in a world where men experience the same day-to-day sexist micro-aggressions that women do. But “Oppressed Majority,” a short French film by Elénore Pourriat, does a pretty good job illustrating it. Pierre is a father and husband who lives in France. Going about his day, he’s catcalled on the street by women and on the receiving end of casually sexist remarks — as well as doling sexist remarks out to his child’s caretaker, a Muslim man wearing a veil. It goes from bad to worse when he’s sexually assaulted by a group of women while alone in an alleyway. No one should have to be treated the way Pierre is by the police or his partner. But millions of women are treated exactly like this every day. Pourriat’s short film is a simple, yet impactful, conduit for showing what women and girls experience in our supposedly “equal” society. It’s only 11 minutes long but well-worth watching. [YouTube via BuzzFeed]