Having almost finished my undergraduate degree in history, I made the decision to take a year off from being a student and trade in the gloomy familiarity of Missoula, Montana winters for somewhere, anywhere…in France.  I was posted as a high school English assistant in the small town of Saint-Jean-d’Angély in Charente-Maritime, a sleepy department at the northern edge of southwest France.  It is from this lost corner that I write my observations and reflections on French places, French people, their language, their culture, and assorted experiences that defy categorization.

My blog title was inspired by the French proverb:  “On ne fait pas une omelette sans casser des oeufs,” translated: “One cannot make omelettes without breaking some eggs.”  You cannot create something worthwhile without first destroying something else.  I destroy lots of things in my life — exercise regimes, relationships, writing projects I finally deem insincere or self-indulgent, my own personality.  But I find this destruction to be, ironically, deeply refreshing and nourishing.  I could aptly say that I am constantly recreating rather than destroying myself, reforging my life according to new influences and new people in it.  I am finding many of both here in France.


One Response to “About”

  1. Kristin January 14, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    I love the name of your blog and the lovely and inspiring story behind it. Bonne année to you!

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