I’m a 20-something wanderer who’s recently relocated to the L.A. area after spending nine months as an au pair just outside of Paris.

About (2014)

I’m a wordsmith, grammar stickler, feminist, history nerd, amateur photographer, cat lady, amateur kombucha brewer, and aspiring cheese connoisseur.

I grew up in Southern California, but have since been shaped by the wheat fields of Eastern Washington, the bridges of Western Oregon, the terra cotta roofs of Southwestern France, and the metro system of the Ile-de-France region.

Rondelet is a snapshot of my post-grad struggles, triumphs, and journeys. Chapters include: Walla Walla after WhitmanEnglish teaching in Auchimmersed in Portland; and au pairing in Nogent-sur-Marne.

You’ll also find posts about travel, food and literature, as well as any other thoughts in need of processing.



  1. Hi Cara, thanks for stopping by my blog at http://www.midihideaways.wordpress.com – appreciate the follow and hope you’ll enjoy the read!! Happy Holidays!

    1. Hi Andreas! The posts I’ve skimmed so far are great and the photos breathtaking! Thanks for the like on my Montpellier post. Happy Holidays to you, too!

  2. Salut! I have been following your blog, you’re an excellent writer. I also wanted to say that if you’re ever in Marseille do not hesitate to contact me! à bientôt!

    1. Thanks! It’s always great to hear that people other than your friends and immediate family find what you have to say interesting 🙂
      I’ve been following you, too! How long are you in Marseille for? I visited in October but only for a day—I’d love to go back.

  3. EugeneJunior · · Reply

    Reading your experience was great! Helpful! Are you going to miss it? What’s your next step? I’m mostly worried if I get a bad school and about all the paperwork!

    1. The work is demanding, fun and infuriating all at the same time, so I’m sure I’ll miss it in some ways. And I’m definitely going to miss my teaching assistant lifestyle. After my contract ends, I’ll be doing a bit more traveling before heading home where I’ll try to find some sort of job. I’ll eventually be applying to grad programs, but am also contemplating getting back to France before that—teaching again, as an au pair, basically whatever will get me here 🙂

  4. Salut, Cara! I was overjoyed to find your blog a couple of days ago. I’ve been reading through all–and I mean ALL–your entries. I will be an assistante somewhere in l’academie de Toulouse next fall (I marked small town &/or mid-size city as my preference) and your writings have offered me the clearest snapshot of what my future life might be like. Thank you! I might have some questions for you, if you’re willing to answer, when I find out more about my placement. As yet, it’s early days. Enjoy your travels!

    1. Coucou, Anna! Congrats on TAPIF in the Académie de Toulouse–southwestern France is wonderful 🙂

      I’m so pleased you’ve been enjoying my blog and are finding it helpful!

      Don’t hesitate at all if you have any questions now, this summer, or even once your contract has started! I’m always happy for an excuse to ramble more 😉


  5. […] Rondelet by Cara – Cara was an assistant a few years ago and now is back in France working as an au pair outside of Paris. Her blog is filled with very informative posts about TAPIF, au pair life, and more! […]

  6. Amazing blog 🙂 followed

    1. Thank you!

  7. Loving everything I’ve read on your blog ^_^

    1. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Such joy it has been stumbling by here. You are a wonderfully-gifted writer with an intriguing perspective on the universe. Wishing you all the words, footprints and love in paper-cups.

    1. Thank you so much and happy future stumblings!

  9. Pleased to meet you Cara. You are welcome to visit my blog when you get the chance. 🙂

  10. Hi!

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts about being an au pair – some fantastic tips! I was wondering whether you would be interested in contributing to my au pair series on my blog – The au pair series aims to showcase a wide variety of former/current au pair experiences in different countries throughout the world. This is a great opportunity to tell your experience, and enlighten those in the life of an au pair – good or bad!

    I was also an au pair in Paris last year 🙂

    You can get more information here: http://roisingrace.com/the-au-pair-series/

    1. Hi Roisin! Thanks for getting in touch! I’d love to contribute. I’ll send you an email. Cara

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