All About Bryan

All About Bryan

This is a blog about me and where I am. I am Bryan, and I share stories as an American Sorbonne student in Paris who runs marathons, rides bikes, travels, and writes for various travel outlets. I also eat chocolate when I can find it.

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Email: bryan.pirolli[at] 

Twitter: @WhereIsBryanP


The blog's name? Well, when French children study English, they learn about a character named "Bryan." The old text books would force children to ask the question, "Where is Bryan?" and of course, the answer was, "In the kitchen." Rarely does a moment go buy when, during an introduction a French person, he or she inevitably laughs at me and strikes up some joke about the kitchen.

Thanks to a very famous comedian in France, Gad Elmaleh, you can see why it's so funny. Check out his stand-up routine:  Where is Bryan? Sorry, it's in French, but it's still funny even if you only understand a bit of it.

All kidding aside, I do love my name.  Frequent Google attempts to find a second "Bryan Pirolli" have failed. That's pretty amazing, and if you're a Jane Smith or a Joe Johnson, you are probably jealous. As you should be.

So currently, yes, I'm in Paris. Life in the City of Light for a former New Yorker, born in Philadelphia, and raised in Bucks County Pennsylvania, is a constant adventure. Before moving to Paris, I worked as an intern and a freelancer at W magazine, Conde Nast Traveler magazine, and Travel+Leisure magazine after my undergraduate studies at NYU.

Arriving in Paris in 2008, I started working for NYU's study abroad program before taking up my studies at the Sorbonne. From delivering pizzas on a bike to making gourmet coffees as a barista, from a short order cook to organizing student trips to Grenoble, I've had my share of French experiences. I'm currently a contributor to for all things cheap and Parisian as well as Expedia's City Diaries blog. I also write occasionally for CNN Travel. I've contributed to Time Out Paris, (RIP), Zagat, DK Eyewitness Paris, and Fodor's Paris Guide.

Currently, as a student and instructor at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, I am grappling with tourism and journalism while working towards my doctoral degree after a successful master's degree experience. It's a hoot. They even let me teach journalism to students in French. Me! To help pay rent and feed my on and off coffee addition, I give guided tours to travelers (see Tours with Bryan). I love this city and I love sharing that love with travelers from all over the world.

I also love peanut butter, canals, bicycles, train rides, and running races. But I digress. Do enjoy and feel free to comment wherever and whenever you feel inspired, which I hope is often.

Let's run!

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