Hello! This blog is very new so I’m still figuring out what it’s all about, but for now, here’s a little about me:


My name is Zena. I’m 26 years old but I’d rather be 30.

I am currently living in Los Angeles, CA but left part of my soul in New York, NY.

I like to think it’s still there hanging around town, catching taxis, eating bagels, and watching the turtles in Central Park.

I am a study abroad junkie and spent a semester in London, a summer in Guadalajara, and another summer in Rome.

Other countries I’ve been to include: Kenya, Portugal, Nicaragua, and yes, France!

When I was little, macaroni and cheese was my favorite food, I wanted to be Mariah Carey when I grew up, and I spoke Chinese fluently. As an adult, all food is my favorite food, I’d like to be Anthony Bourdain when I grow up, and I speak French and Italian very poorly. Someday I hope to relearn Chinese but that will be another blog… For now, I’m just trying to master French. I am in the process of applying to the Teaching Assistant Program in France this fall, so stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed! (Former TAPIF-ers, get at me with your advice!!!)

In the meantime, I’ll be sharing my methods in working towards fluency in another language and hope to hear from all of you!


  1. Remy · March 24, 2015

    I am really liking your blog so far! I am on my own Japanese language learning journey and will be a newbie to study abroad, but I am excited to see how your journey goes! Best of luck! 😀


  2. marchanddeboeufs · March 24, 2015

    Bon apprentissage du français 😉 La plus belle langue !

    Liked by 1 person

  3. YouGetThePic · March 28, 2015

    Thanks for your kind visit and interest in my Blog!
    I always look around .. but I find your Blog cute 🙂 Enchante & yes for la plus belle langue!
    and I also lived in Nyc/Manhattan. Cheers (:


  4. startupsnstuff · April 2, 2015

    Hi! Interesting blog and boy do we have a lot in common (meaning I also wanted to be Mariah Carey when I grew up). But, seriously, 25 but would rather be 30? Well, I’m about 30 and I’d much rather be 25! I’ll be looking forward to reading through your language learning journey! I am too studying French, and I’ll one day master it. Moving to NYC in 2 weeks 😀


    • YouGetThePic · April 2, 2015

      Yes, I totally understand what she means by 25/30, I am over 30 and would not like to be under.. it is all in the brain 😉 and maturity. and life is funny/ironic, I totally moved out of Nyc and living in France. Regards


  5. estelea · April 8, 2015

    Bon courage avec le français! Are you learning it with the proper Parisian accent? 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  6. laurafaul · November 12, 2015

    Waouuu Zena ! Il est top ton blog. Je ne savais pas que tu en avais un. Je vais te suivre avec grand plaisir. And you’re always welcome in France. Bise !


    • casserlenoyau · November 24, 2015

      Merci, Laura! J’aime bien ton blog aussi et avec un peu de chance je vais habiter en france l’an prochaine. Je te tiens au courant!


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