Larisanjou

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Larisanjou
I am an American Latina writing about self-discovery, travel, and expat life in general. France is the third foreign country I've lived in, and so I also meditate on my various travels and life abroad in Japan and South Korea.
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  • Thursday 6 days ago   Walking through the vineyards on my way to the train station, my carrier pigeon buddy arrives to escort me to the station.  He coo-coos alongside me until we reach the threshold between nature and civilization.  There, his red beady eyes wink me a “Good luck.”  Thanks, pal.   Arriving...
  • Mock 1 week ago “I’m afraid of being made fun of.”   How many times have my students confided this fear in me?  Ashamed to struggle, flustered at their mistakes, looking like they want to disappear. I wonder, What’s the big deal? Since when do strangers’ opinions matter?  Why are we so ready to give...
  • Aprende! 1 week ago “I don’t get it.” Hands up in the air, head shaking, breath hissing in exasperation, body leaning back as far as humanly possible from the table.  Downturned haddock mouth, brow furrowed, head slouching into a temple massage, fingers tense and aggravated. It never ceases to amaze me, that...
  • Sing 2 weeks ago I wake up to the sound of the wind screaming outside.  I’m breathing heavily from the nightmare I’ve just been freed from.  The window shade is rattling, and my windows are creaking. The wind moans over the sound of the grains in my bread crackling in the toaster.  It haunts me as I get...
  • Hibernate 3 weeks ago Early March.  Snowdrops and crocuses are blooming, as are the daffodils. Snowdrops, beautiful delicate white flowers, coyly looking down at their feet.  I remember wrapping their trimmed stems in wet paper towel, then plastic wrap.  The downturned eyebrows and “aw” of my favorite teacher...

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