Something More Lovely || by Cassidy Hettema

Back in November, I introduced to you a new, ongoing series of posts I’m calling “This Women I’ve Met.” Inspired by a piece written my mom and role model (which, if you haven’t read it, can be found here!), this series’ primary goal is to share the stories that need telling: the transformative travel and life experiences of the courageous, strong, and grace-filled women in my life. This project is becoming more and more important to me because, although we all have different stories in different geographical locations and have been impacted by different people and different experiences, we have a lot to learn from […]

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Essential French for Conscientious Travelers: First Impressions

Welcome to the second installment in my language series, Essential French for Conscientious Travelers! This series of posts highlights the vital words and phrases needed by any traveler in France, as well as the different social contexts in which the words and phrases should be used. These insights are all based on my personal experiences as a traveler and second language learner in Paris, and I can assure you: a little bit of language knowledge will take you far! As I shared in the first installment of this series, you absolutely don’t need to be fluent to feel comfortable, connect with the culture, […]

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6 Lesser Known Paris Gems: Pink Pangea Preview

I am excited to share with you that I have been given the great honor of writing for Pink Pangea, a website specific to women travelers, as a Foreign Correspondent in Paris! Over the next few weeks, I will post a series of three articles on the site, the first of which has been published today! Huzzah! My post is entitled “6 Lesser-Known Paris Gems” and outlines a few of my favorite underappreciated attractions. While it’s a simple first start, I am thrilled to have made a splash into the world of online writing. Check out the post’s introduction below… and then, […]

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I can’t agree to disagree

  i can’t agree to disagree if that means sitting passively on my hands like i’ve done for years because i’ve been more worried about the opinions of man than my screaming convictions and the tug of my conscience to save face, to preserve my pride, to make sure no one gets their feelings hurt. well, i’m not that girl anymore.  

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Musée des Égouts de Paris

… the great prodigality of Paris, her marvelous fête, her Beaujon folly, her orgy, her full-handed outpouring of gold, her pageant, her luxury, her magnificence, is her sewer. Maybe it’s cliché to begin my account of the Musée des Égouts de Paris, or the Paris Sewer Museum, with a quote from Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, but I don’t care. Images of Jean Valjean sludging through the dark, muck-filled tunnels, a wounded Marius slung over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes, are in part what drew me to this bizarre museum in the first place. (That, and my passion for interesting feats of […]

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