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Getting to Know the Neighborhood

Getting to Know the Neighborhood

My neighborhood here in Nice feels like a little microcosm of modern France. From my balcony I can see the ethnic diversity and historical layers that make up the area.  I love the combination of cultures that come together here.  As I try to make this foreign city home, I am in good company with … Continue reading

Kindness of Strangers

Kindness of Strangers

Before I left for France, everyone had some advice or opinion about what I would find there: “Don’t take it personally, the French are going to be rude”… “Only order the house wine”… “Try the bouillabaisse”… Before leaving for Ramallah, I heard no such insights. Most people don’t have a ready-made image of what things … Continue reading

Welcome to Palestine

Welcome to Palestine

If adapting to life in France takes learning a new set of rules, spending time in the Palestinian Territories is a lesson in patience. The West Bank, where the Palestinian town of Ramallah lies, has been occupied by Israel since 1967.  To get in or out of the city, you have to go through military … Continue reading