The Shutter Ritual

The differences in privacy between cultures probably has a lot to do with climate and adjacency to one’s neighbor, but regarding France in particular, homes and shutters are part of the French culture’s intuitive sense of what’s intimate vs. what’s public.

Small yet Satisfying Firsts

Traveling in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language is a guaranteed roller coaster of emotions – giddy excitement at all the newness and possibilities paired with nagging insecurity and alienation; the pride of someone mistaking you for a local met with sheer terror that they will try engage you in conversation.


Bassac is a small town, or more specifically a French commune, which is located in the southwestern region of Poitou-Charentes, will be our new home for several months.