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12 hours, 3,360 miles away, a young American restarts life in Lyon. And then Paris. The shocks, French mishaps and the endless eating. Every day a new discovery.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Pragmatic Portland and New Beginnings

It was so many years ago that I started this blog with the intention to share my life in France, Lyon and Paris, share the ways to become an exchange student, methodology to study and get your master's.

All things come to a new beginning- a difference from the word end. How is that different? Different because while my time in France was absolutely breathtakingly and heart wrenchingly wonderful, I've moved onto a new adventure in Portland... my original city.

Masters degree in hand, a new outlook, a second language- I now have started anew in a house with 3 boys in NE Portland. A new adventure calls for a new platform to digress and share my experiences:

Pragmatic Portland.

Pragmatic: dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.

This entails the fact that while I left Portland a young inexperienced undergrad- I've returned with a second culture, language and identity under my belt. How do I reconfigure and define the person I have become in a society that has changed in the 4 years I have been absent?

Well, I write. Much like I did to survive the initial move and culture shock, I write. I plot my existence on a blog, sharing in a pragmatic way how to deal with returning from a far-away land.

No, this blog isn't about my baby-making skills with my romantic partner, it's not about the millions of ways I miss France. It's instead about a new beginning with an old flame, my home city.

So join me on my newest adventures:

pragmaticportland.blogspot.com


Gros bisous and warm regards to my dear Flip Flop France readers:

-Sasha Steiner!
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