My name is Lydia Tomkiw. I grew up in the suburbs of Sacramento, California, where I ate all the Mexican food I could. In the fall of 2009 I studied abroad in Paris and started this blog as a way to keep in touch with family and friends (thus the “Ma Vie” title). Since graduating from Wesleyan University in 2011, I’ve traveled and written from different parts of the globe. I spent 15 months in Indonesia on a Princeton in Asia journalism fellowship. Most recently I spent a month reporting in Ukraine. NYC is my current base where I am a graduate student in international affairs at Columbia University.
This blog continues to document my travels, treks, and tales (and very importantly, the food along the way). I have an obsession with macarons and good food and a desire to travel as much as possible. Hopefully this blog will entertain you a little bit and distract you from some real work. To contact me about freelance work or the site try lydia dot tomkiw at gmail.
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