About the Blog

What started as a blog about food and language learning, hence the name Cooking in Tongues, has evolved as my focus and interests have changed. My current goal is to document our travels and provide useful information for those planning their own adventures. As such, the pages listed on the blog header offer a detailed index of posts related to a particular destination. Food and language learning, however, continue to color the blog as we travel and discover new passions.

In 2012-2013 our home base shifted from Washington DC to the south of France where, aside from the expected partaking of food, wine, language and culture, we discovered France’s extensive network of hiking trails, many of which you will find documented on this site.

Who am I? My first career was as a CPA, one in which I quickly lost interest. I next flirted with culinary school and landscape design before earning a masters in teaching English as a second language.  Although I taught English in both in the US and China, my real love remains language learning. Since my first immersion experience in France at the age of 32 I’ve been to more than 20 language schools in 10 different countries studying 5 different languages. I started the blog in 2010 to add a focus to my interests and travels.

Questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome.

32 Responses to About the Blog

  1. tim tran says:

    Hello I love your travel photos. I am a writer for a start-up Vietnamese Magazine. Do you mind if I use your photos in our magazine? I will make sure that whatever I use have credit notation to your site. Please let me know.

  2. Hello Cooking In Tongues, I love to travel and cooking…cannot travel right so thanks for taking me along with your beautiful pictures and posts. Love the name of your blog by the way. 🙂 Anyway, I am passing an award to you please come to check it out @ http://www.whisksandchopsticks.wordpress.com.

  3. Do you make your living teaching in language schools as you make your way around the world? -Rene

  4. nicole says:

    I’m a designer at Renaissance Tours in Australia, and was interested in using a photo of yours for one of our brochures. If we credit your site, are we able to use your lovely image?


  5. Amit Goldstein says:

    I’m a Ph.D. student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and would like to ask for permission to use one of your photos in a scientific paper i’m writing, with the appropriate credit of course.
    Please let me know, and thanks in advance,

  6. autumninbruges says:

    Hi, have recently started to follow your blog and really like it, therefore I nominated you for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’. You can see it here.. http://autumninbruges.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/two-one-lovely-blog-awards/

  7. Jean says:

    Best wishes in your linguistic and culinary travels. Great blog.

  8. Lin says:

    What a wonderful name for your blog , peripatetic + gourmet + glossolalia. Marvelous!
    Have you heard the Chinese saying that for every delicious new food or dish you taste,
    your life is lengthened by 40 days.
    Great work, your blog, Happy Trails to you!

  9. Hello! I nominated you for the “Liebster Award”! 🙂 Hope it’s ok with you…you can find the rules here:
    Ciao! Alessia

  10. Hi, and thank you for stopping by and following my travel and photo blog. I look forward to exploring and following yours as well.

  11. How neat! I just moved to the South of France from Philadelphia. I live very close to where you lived for a year, in Vezenobres. I am also doing a blog covering the markets, food, garden, lifestyle in the South of France – so much fun as it gives us an excuse to go and see everything! You can see our blog here: http://masabicou.com. I would love to exchange ideas with you as you were here an entire year – but I am jealous that you get to travel all over the world – although I am pretty happy with the South of France! Would love to hear from you, Jina.

    • baidanbi says:

      Hi Jina, Yes I’m very familiar with Vezenobres. The PR32 that I routinely walked connects our two villages. Small world! I’m happy to answer any questions you may have and I wish you and your friends a fabulous year in the South of France. It truly is an amazing experience.

  12. Great to hear from you. We are starting to sell at our first market this week, should be interesting. BarJac. Have a great week! Jina

  13. I just looked at some of the photos you took on the John Muir Trail. I must say they are spectacular. I am missing a good picture of all the hikers at Reds Meadow and see a couple of others I would like to use in a YouTube video documenting my hike there. May I have your permission to use these. Of course I will give you attribution. You have a wonderful Blog. Your photography is stunning.

    • baidanbi says:

      Hi George. Thank you for the kind comment. I’m happy to have you use my photos with attribution. Please send me a link to your YouTube video when you are finished. I look forward to seeing it!

  14. Thank you. I will send you a link.

  15. Connie Valenz says:

    Just wanted to thank you for your posts and complete descriptions of every place. Very helpful indeed. Kindest regards from Valdivia, Chile.

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