According to Jordan, "it's not Christmas until Hans Gruber falls from Nakatomi plaza." So to officially kick off the Christmas season in the Shane household, we watched the movie Die Hard. If you aren't familiar with the thirty-two-year-old movie, let's break it down. The story follows John McClane, a police officer who decides to visit his wife … Continue reading A COVID Christmas Season
Venice of the Alps
We are becoming quite the weekend warriors. Some locals have told us we will know France better than they do by the end of our expat journey. On Fridays, after Jordan finishes work, we depart for our next destination. With the new curfew in Lyon starting that weekend, it made the decision easy to leave. … Continue reading Venice of the Alps
The Second Wave in France
Last night, French president Macron spoke about new coronavirus restrictions. He confirmed that France was in the second wave of the virus, as predicted around this time. In the Spring, the virus was only circulating widely in Paris and a couple of other regions. Now, the virus is spreading throughout the entirety of France. So, … Continue reading The Second Wave in France
Why Are Norwegians So Happy?
Stop what you are doing. Close your eyes and take a minute to think about how you are feeling at this exact moment. What was the first thing that came to your mind? Stressed? Sleepy? Joyful? How about happy? And if happy did not come to mind, now think about something that makes you happy. Maybe … Continue reading Why Are Norwegians So Happy?
“Do You Want a Burger?”
If the Norwegians like one thing, it’s definitely a burger. In the first part of our trip, I unwillingly ate three burgers in as many days. In Svalbard, some of the menus were limited where you could choose from multiple types of burgers but not much else. We also had limited choices at the restaurants … Continue reading “Do You Want a Burger?”
Land of the Polar Bears
Jordan and I set off for Norway on July 31st, arguably one of Lyon's hottest days. The weather was 104 degrees, and we were ready to trade for something a little cooler. Instead of flying out of Lyon, we decided to fly out of Paris to have a direct flight to Norway and limit our … Continue reading Land of the Polar Bears
Chasing the Milky Way
I wrote this post as I received the news on Wednesday that the company I work for is restructuring and that I have been laid off. In the spirit of being vulnerable and authentic, I still want to share our experience last weekend as well as what I am going through currently. My friend said … Continue reading Chasing the Milky Way
Two Months In Lyon
We have been in Lyon for two months! Six weeks of this has been in strict lockdown situations, but we are thankful for what we have and are staying positive. The government is proposing a lift to the restrictions on May 11th and we will post an update once we know more! We are using … Continue reading Two Months In Lyon