My mom is French and my dad is American, so I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by the smells and tastes of home cooking from the Provence region in France. In my application to graduate school in Anthropology, I wrote about the ways in which my bi-cultural upbringing shaped my understanding of cultural differences. Before I finished high school, my mother had received formal training at the Cordon Bleu, and had started a small cooking school called Chez Monique. Although I wouldn’t describe myself as a foodie, with that kind of background, you can imagine that I do love to cook and to eat good food.
During my childhood, I spent many summers in the south of France with my mother’s family. I think it gave me a permanent travel bug. I have travelled across the United States by car twice. I’ve lived in some wonderful places, including Seattle, Northern California, Philadelphia. I’ve also vacationed in some wonderful spots including Turks & Caicos, Cancun, and Maui, as well as Taos and Sante Fe New Mexico, New Orleans, and Portland Oregon.
Work travels have taken me to Europe (mostly Germany) and India, and of course around the United States.
During my first Masters’ degree I had the opportunity to travel to mainland China and Bali Indonesia. More recently I had the opportunity to travel to Japan. I have curated a subset of the pictures from those experiences, and they are available for viewing in the Photography area of this site.