US Taxpayer bailout of IMF for Europe $61 billion. What a scam!

Crazy! Europe announces a bailout package and everybody is overjoyed. IMF bails out, and nobody realizes that the US Taxpayer is on the hook for $61 billion! While our schools crumble, teachers are laid off, and roads deteriorate. Solve debt with more debt, that's brilliant! They do nothing to solve the underlying problem. Don't be fooled. It's all coming down. Probably next week.Namaste and Have a Magical Day...more

Hot Burkas & Hot Bods

Yesterday, driving the 10 hours from Rome to Lausanne, the radio was abuzz with the Big News from Italy: after France had passed its “Burka-Free Zone” law, a woman was fined for entering the Italian Post Office draped in a burka.  It was the hot topic even after crossing the border, and at all hours -- and judging by the phone calls I received along the way, the burka was ‘sulla bocca di tutti.” (THE hot topic)...more

Oh La La Paris

Paris Va Va Voom. Eiffel Tower clinches, candlelit bistros and scantily clad showgirls – Paris was made for lovers. Time to unleash your inner va-va-voom. Cobbles and rose bushes frame the grand Musée Rodin (79 Rue de Varenne) housing the sculptor’s works. The Kiss is here but La Porte de L’enfer (The Gates of Hell) is the one that will leave you breathless – the intricately carved doors feature lots of nudity and groping. This beautiful poem titled Kiss is worth a visit on the Tate website. ...more

The dangers of childhood and winter sports

  Down, but not out! Funny thing happened to me on vacation in the Swiss Alps last week; I came back from my skiing holiday with a broken leg. I didn’t break it on some really crazy, ice covered, narrow black piste overlooking a cliff – no. I broke my leg the way that most skiing injuries are incurred – standing on solid ground and simply falling over! ...more

I wish he could stay 12 forever

We were sitting on the plane on our way to Paris and Louis was grinning from ear to ear when he was presented with a kid’s meal when dinner was served. I’m not sure why I even ordered it for him, I guess because I could. Many typical 12 year olds wouldn’t be that excited for the silly toy and applesauce. But Louis was....more

Exchange Rate Roulette

Living and working in a foreign country is an amazing and thrilling thing, but it does not come without its headaches. For many British expats who are living in Europe for the benefit of constant sunshine and ripe fruit, this is not news to them – their incomes are at the mercy of continually shifting exchange rates. This week the European currency took a hit because of the global recession and the international market’s recognition that lots of debt is not a good thing: the nation of Greece is in a bad way. So what’s the big deal?...more

Girl Meets Money: Part II

I'm back with a few more things that I've done to help save and raise money.Keeping up with expenses you already have and adding another large bill to your load isn't easy. Luckily, EF College Break allows monthly payment plans and book up to two years in advance. It really is a great company and I haven't even traveled, yet.Stop promoting a company for which I don't even work? Okay!...more

Girl Meets Money

Money! Did you know that trips to Europe aren't free? Plane tickets, hotels, food, souvenirs, and entrance fees. Yeah, you actually have to pay for all of that! Who knew? Luckily, the tour I'm on includes a lot of those expenses in a nice, affordable package. Save food, souvenirs, and extra expenses; I'm all set and don't have to worry about the particulars. ...more

Girl Meets BlogHer

Once I wrote about my intentions for my future. My future plans?...more

À AIMER: Mornings at a French Café

What's so special about mornings at a French café?  Well, look at the photo.  See the guy sitting by himself reading?  What is he reading?  A novel.  Not a newspaper.  Not a magazine.  Not a computer screen.  Look around the cafe (which, by the way, is Chez Prune just off the Canal Saint-Martin).  Do you see any laptops?  Any milkshake-sized 'coffee drinks'?  Any trans-fat pastries from a nearby factory?  Non....more