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The Cinque Terre, Italy (& me!)

Hi! I’m Taylor. I’ve had an insatiable desire to travel and learn my whole life. I’ve been to a large part of the United States, backpacked through Europe (twice), and studied abroad in France. I am not ashamed to admit that I’m slightly OCD about everything from organizing my bookshelf to what I’m wearing that day, so living out of a messy backpack scared me witless at first. It turned out that sleeping on trains in the close company of people I’d never met before, eating delicious food made on the street, staying in a sketchy hostel situated next to what I’m pretty sure was a heroin lab, and lugging around everything I would need for a month in a dirty sack on my back was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had, and I can only hope that I’ll be able to do it again soon!

Day tripping to the Netherlands!

My personal travel dreams: learn a Slavic language and travel through Eastern Europe, walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and sail my own boat on a tour of the Mediterranean Sea. But besides travel, I love spending hours upon hours in used book stores; learning and writing about history (specifically the 1930s through 1970s); collecting maps, globes, and postcards; making and watching documentaries; hiking in the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest; baking cookies, cakes, and other sweet treats; following fashion blogs; and appreciating – sometimes attempting – photography.

The Skagit Valley, WA (& me!)

Right now, I’m a college student majoring in Geography and History, with minors in International Studies and French. I’ll be studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France during my spring semester. I just got back from studying abroad and traveling in France, Spain, and Portugal. Thus, the purpose of this blog. (I’ll also be using it as an outlet for my photos and videos!)

9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2010 1:31 pm

    Taylor you sound ahead of the game already, appreciating what life has to offer. I wish you luck in all you endeavors.

  2. December 7, 2010 6:20 am

    Bonjour Taylor !

    Je viens de découvrir votre blog ! Moi, je suis aussi une jeune comme vous qui aime voyager, lire et parler la langue française. J’habite en Inde.

    Hoping to read more from a kindred spirit on the other side of the world!


    P.S- Just loved your pictures!

  3. March 6, 2013 9:52 pm

    Yaghali Du, Taylor.
    I saw you on couchsurfing and thought it was cool that we both live in Bellingham, and both are fascinated by travel. I’ve only been around Alaska, which is my home state, a little of the Pacific Northwest, and Hawaii, but I’m massively curious about the rest of the world. I’m a freelance writer who’s part anthropologist, part psychologist, part environmentalist…and I want to know how people work, how societies work, how economies work, and how millions of factors come together to make a perfect storm. So, travel is high on my list of priorities, although I’m still looking for ways to fund and organize my future trips. Anyways, I’m rambling, but I thought I’d say hi (::
    -Jasmine Koster

  4. Irina permalink
    October 18, 2013 11:54 am

    Hey Taylor,
    I am writing a paper about occupied France. I am particularly interested in food rationing, and how food tickets became a currency of exchange. Do you have any advice where I could find information? Any interesting primary source, biography, article. Thank you.


  5. June 19, 2015 2:06 pm

    Hi, I’m am oldie (78) writing a novel about the Czech army in the south of France in 1939-40
    You have some great old photos. Can I get hold of these on line? Was there any rationing just before the Nazis invaded France? Thanks.

    • June 23, 2015 9:34 am

      Hi! Most of the photos I found were just using Google image search in France. So if you do the same internet search terms but in instead of, you may be able to find some of them. I wrote those entries so long ago I can’t remember where exactly I found some of that stuff. But I know I used British Pathe ( for a lot of European archival research.

      The book I used as my initial source was Richard Vinen’s The Unfree French (Penguin Books: London, 2006). Highly recommended!

  6. June 19, 2015 2:17 pm

    Hi , same oldie. I have the impression your family lives in Bellingham, WA. My wife and I live in Seattle. I’m impressed by your writing about WW2 and if you are down this way I would like to meet you regarding your sources.

  7. June 23, 2015 7:56 pm

    Thanks very much

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