Bienvenue! I created this blog to tell a story, and I hope it’s a good one: the story of the year I exchanged central Missouri for central France.

My name is Jessica Journey and I am a recent graduate of the University of Missouri. I hold bachelor’s degrees in English, French, and Linguistics.

Ready for the next adventure, I’m going abroad as a language assistant with the Teaching Assistant Program In France. TAPIF is “a joint initiative of the French Ministry of Education, the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. The program’s goal is to strengthen English-language instruction in French schools by establishing a native speaker presence, while also providing American Francophiles with excellent teaching experience and first-hand knowledge of French language and culture.”

other things…

I love language, learning, fine food, fiction, and people.

My guilty pleasures are foie gras, chocolate truffles, and good chèvre in any form. My non-guilty pleasure is hummus, which to me is a food group.

I know what turophile means (“ultimate lover of cheese) because I spent a good chunk of the summer working the “cheese island” section of a sweet grocery store. (Also because I study vocabulary for fun). I’m addicted to novels, though most recently I’ve been reading “The Cheese Bible.” If you were wondering about the difference between Fontina and Fontal, well, you’re in luck.

Tilda Swinton is my favorite actress, and the best thing I read or saw this summer was “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”

I love heels and also clothes that make me feel like an off-duty ballerina (though the only dancing I do is in the kitchen or late at night with a vodka cranberry in one hand).

Continually inspired by Momofuku bakery, I like quirky combinations, high-brow/low-brow, like Fruity Pebble macarons or pizza with champagne.

I’m good at getting lost and misreading directions but at least I can write a mean research paper and make pumpkin pie from an actual pumpkin (clearly comparable skills).

Passion, drive, joy.