All About Bryan

So French children, when learning English, 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."  Nay does a moment go buy when, during an introduction a French person, the person 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.

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Life in Paris 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.

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.  I also write as a Parisian correspondent for, a CBS  Interactive site about innovation and technology.  In between that, I contribute to Time Out Paris, CNN Travel, Zagat, DK Eyewitness Paris, CNN and Fodor's Paris Guide.

Sweet tooth much?
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 in French. Me! To make rent for my little apartment in the tenth arrondissement, 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 to the provinces, and running races.  But I digress.  Do enjoy and feel free to comment wherever and whenever you feel inspired, which I hope is often.

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