GGG: Welcome to Girls That Go! What’s your name, where are you from and how did you get your start traveling?
Hi! I’m Ashley. I grew up in Michigan, U.S.A. but now I live in a town outside of Paris. I started traveling when I was 15 on a month-long trip to Ecuador and have been obsessed with travel ever since.
GGG: Working as an au pair in France must be fun (and probably pretty tiring)! What are some of the perks of the job?
I love being able to experience what life is really like in France by living with a family- we have rabbit for dinner, the parents teach me about wine pairings and we bring baguettes home from the boulangerie daily.
Even though I sometimes miss having my own apartment, I know it’s better for my French and better for my overall learning to live with a family here.
GGG: This is the longest you’ve been away from home. Have you had any homesickness? If so, how have you gotten over it?
I’m actually not too homesick- which I think is mostly because I have an end-date on the horizon. Home will always be there, and when I miss my family and friends there’s always Skype.
GGG: You recently posted about 10 ways travel has changed you. What do you think would be an eleventh?
I think travel has made me a better cook! One of the things I love to collect when I travel are good recipes- I’m currently trying to add as many fattening French recipes to my repertoire as possible.
GGG: So far, what’s one of your favorite recipes that you’ve learned on your travels?
That’s a hard one. I’d have to say a Spanish potato omelet I learned how to make when I studied in Spain.
I lived with a Spanish grandmother who taught me her recipe for a simple but scrumptious tortilla de patatas, or Spanish potato omelet. It’s literally just potatoes, onions, eggs and oil- but everyone loves it!
GGG: You’ve mentioned that you love solo travel! What’s something about it that you love that you didn’t expect to from the outset?