Hi, my name is Karena. I was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, USA from the time I was 4-5 years old until August 2003. I’m now 29 years old. Thus, my Mayennaise adventure began 5 years ago. 

I married my French sweetheart and I began to truly learn about this country. Yes, I had studied years of French. I studied French in highschool, all four years. I majored in French my freshman and sophomore years of college. Sophomore year, I spent in Rennes, France, not too far from where I live now. I switched majors and schools, but languages have always and will always remain important to me. I continued to study French until I graduated from college. I worked while studying and was paid to use the language mostly during phone calls.

But, I didn’t know that life would be like this. Yes, essentially, life is no different in these Western countries…or so I thought. Most of the beautiful differences that I find, I will try to tell you about. Some of the surprises, I will try to relay to you. I would like to let you listen to the music that France listens to. I’d like to let you understand small things that happen everyday. 

Understand that life in another country is never like a short vacation. Life in another country can never be like two weeks of running around and looking at museums. When we settle down and get back to life, that’s when real France starts to show up. And that’s what I want to give you. I’ll keep you updated. Please stay tuned.


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