Tag Archives: french

Good Morning, Vietnam! (cliche but still…)

Xin chào (pronounced s(h)in chow) – hello – from Vietnam. We are so excited to spend the next month in Vietnam and Cambodia, two countries we have never been to before (bringing us to 70 (S) and 71 (M) countries visited). Our visit will take us from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC or Saigon) in the south to the terraced mountains of Sa Pa in the north with many (many) stops in between. My reply to some recent advice regarding Vietnam “Don’t let your travel agent over schedule you” was: “Hmmm… I’m our travel agent and I’ve got us scheduled […]

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The Saint-Tropez of Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot arrived in Saint-Tropez with her then husband, the director Roger Vadim, to film ‘And God Created Woman’ in 1956, and transformed the peaceful fishing village overnight into a sizzling jet-set hotspot. Many celebrities had visited St Tropez: Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Errol Flynn and Greta Garbo all sipped cocktails at the starry club Aioli. But none had transformational impact of Brigitte. She had fallen in love with what she called “it’s genuine charms… the mulberry trees, the sheep grazing in the scrubland; the mighty farmhouses smothered with bougainvillea which belonged to the wine producers, their vaulted cellars filled with […]

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First day of French school

Bonjour! 🙂 Our first day of French school is in the books – (pun intended). It doesn’t really count as it was almost all administrative happenings (taking tests, getting orientated, having a lot of downtime… a bit inefficient actually. They’ve been doing this here for 45 years though, so I guess they know what needs to be done. And as we were allowed to speak English today (and they spoke almost all English), there was LOTS of chattering going on as people got acquainted with each other and talked about everything from the economy to jokes. I suspect that tomorrow […]

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A new old feeling…. the First Day of School!

French language school, that is. IMMERSION French language school. As in, all day, every day (8:30-5:30, M-F) NO ENGLISH ALLOWED. And I think this starts from the moment we walk in this morning. Um, I’m scared. Marks says he feels like he’s going to first grade again. (at least he doesn’t feel like he’s going to the principal’s office, as he actually did more than once in the first grade). Okay, as an aside, I just learned that he got into THREE fights on the first day of first grade (he says all them tiffs). Hopefully nobody here will be […]

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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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