About Cherie Hu

Cherie is a rising sophomore at Harvard College hailing from Westchester County, NY. She is pursuing a joint concentration in Mathematics and Music, and possibly a secondary in French. As a traveler, she is keen to veer off the tourist trail and to explore everything a city has to offer; thus, she often dedicates at least two weeks to exploring just one city alone, instead of hopping among several cities. This means meandering through every street without using a map, trying as many regional dishes as possible, and even conversing with locals in the native language. Cherie would like to think that she has yet to visit her favorite cities.
2 10, 2015
  • Aix Cafes

My Favorite Cafés in Aix-en-Provence

Even across the Atlantic Ocean, there is one study habit of mine that has remained unfalteringly persistent: I cannot focus at home. Last year at Harvard, I was definitely the most unproductive whenever I tried to work in my dorm room, somehow having gotten distracted by anything and everything around me. I would idly observe people walking past Thayer from the anonymous safety of my window; with my bed dangerously close to me, [...]

27 09, 2015
  • Aix Galeries

The Top 8 Galleries in Aix-en-Provence

une galérie: a gallery, usually referring to an art exhibition space. un atelier: a workshop or studio, i.e. a room in which an artist works. • • • • • I did not intend for more than one week to pass by since my last post. It's not that I've been too busy with schoolwork (which, while it involves quite a lot of reading in both French and English, is manageable). It's not [...]

22 09, 2015
  • Loumaron Let's Go

Aix-Cursions: A Trip to Luberon

La Roque-d'Anthéron, L'Abbaye de Silvacane, and Lourmaron. There is a scene toward the beginning of the impeccable film "Gravity" in which Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) and Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) are floating side-by-side in outer space, not saying a word to each other for a long period of time. Finally, Matt asks Ryan: "So, what do you like most about being up here?" ...to which Ryan replies: "The silence. I could get used [...]

18 09, 2015
  • Nutella Pizza Let's Go

Aix-Treme Food: Nutella Pizza

The content: Nutella smothered over a thin pizza crust. Imagine a cheese pizza, but with Nutella instead of cheese. The cost: Two euros. JUST TWO EUROS. For the price of a salad at a café in Aix, you can buy and consume seven Nutella pizzas. I won't say which option is better. The size: Equivalent to 1.5 slices of standard American cheese pizza, which makes the low cost even more impressive. The time: [...]

14 09, 2015
  • Aix Bookstore

Aix-Pose: The 5 Best Libraires (Bookstores) in Aix

(Pre-post disclaimer: the French word "librairie" does not translate to "library." This is one of the French language's infamous "false friends" with English - a false friend being a word in one language that starkly resembles, but does not share a definition with, a word from another language. "Librairie," rather, is the French word for "bookstore," while the French word for library is "bibliothèque" - not unlike Spanish and a few other [...]

7 09, 2015
  • Aix-en-provence Let's Gojpeg

The Aix-Agon: The 6 Themes of Aix-en-Provence

The best way to get to know any city, and especially Aix-en-Provence, is by foot (and many of the streets in Aix are too narrow to fit a car anyway). Having arrived in Aix just two days ago, all I have done aside from hanging out with my host family is take long, relaxed walks around the city. Without having an opportunity to explore a particular facet of Aix in-depth just [...]

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