Archive | November, 2012

Ma vie est occupee.

27 Nov

Sorry, I just don’t have the time or motivation to say much about anything right now. All I know is that life is perfect.. Except for this ten page Haute Couture paper that I’m struggling to write while stuffing my face with dark chocolate bars. Here’s a mash up of what’s been going on in these neck of the woods, including Amandine’s shoe landing in the metro rails, so a friend had to jump in to fish it out (Um..Yikes!) and the Christmas market on the Champs-Elysees, which I may or may not have already visited three times within less than a week. What can I say? I’m a sucker.

Oh, and Thanksgiving with Julie and Marnie happened too! Without an oven. Meaning we made everything in the toaster oven. Now that’s skill! Mini pumpkin pies, goat cheese crostinis with cherry apple chutney, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole (My first time trying it and I really liked it!), corn pudding (Also liked that!), baguette (French Thanksgiving?), and macaroni and cheese. It was exactly what we wanted! And turned out fantastically!

Once Shayla was back in town (She went to Rome for the weekend), we headed over to our friend Nicole’s house to make a Thanksgiving dinner for her French host family. They were so confused and surprised by everything! And they thoroughly enjoyed it all. The concept of stuffing was awesome to her French mama. I’m so happy to have been able to share it with them. (And for once to have French people have to watch the way we ate our dinner and put our plates together to understand the correct way of doing it… You don’t realize how confusing eating can be until you try sometimes foreign with foreign people!)

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Le week-end dernier et cette semaine etaient tres cool!

14 Nov

Things have been awesome here in Paris.. as usual! (Don’t mean to rub it in, but I mean, how can I not?!)

Friday night of last weekend we headed over to an apartment where three guys lived with Amandine to have drink before we went out dancing. Shayla and I were completely excited to go out with a French group (as we always are, every weekend) and to find new places. It’s funny how you can forget that you’re in Paris, you can forget that the options are unlimited, and you can fall into a rut of going to the same places over and over… So once we left the guys’ apartment to head to the club, we found out that we were heading to Cafe Oz Denfert-Rochereau… The exact place we find ourselves every weekend! It may not have been somewhere new, but it really want a good time. And thankfully, the group we were with were awesome and the music is always great for dancing! We didn’t end up heading home until 5:30 in the morning. A little later than we were hoping for due to the excursion we had planned with CEA for Saturday morning.

Bright and early, 7:45 (after our alarms had already gone off at 7:00 and we missed them… All three of them), Julie woke us up to let us know that it was time to get up. We literally had ten minutes to roll ourselves out of bed and out the door. This may explain the fact that I forgot to brush my hair and put on make up. But we made it on time for our train to Fontainbleau in Avon! This beautiful little town is located just 45 minutes outside of Paris. We were guided on a little hike through the woods, which I’ll admit, was kind of weird to do with a giant group of students on a Saturday morning after not sleeping. No one was prepared. No one wanted to hike. But it was only about an hour and a half, then we headed to the restaurant for lunch. IT WAS AMAZING. I’m not exaggerating. Amazing. The first course was a chevre chaud (which if you haven’t gotten by now, means warmed goat cheese on toast salad, AKA my favorite) for the entree, the plat for the vegetarians was an amazing lasagne (I may even dare to say that it was one of the best lasagnes I’ve ever had), and dessert was a beautiful apple tart. All this was served with des carafes d’eau (water pitchers), orangina, coca, ou du vin. (Wine and water for me baby!) The meal was rounded off with cafes all around. Parfait! Afterwards we were free to head over to the Chateau. Fontainebleau is the chateau where kings used to go for hunting trips. Yes, that does mean that Marie Antoinette went here. And it’s elaborate, and it’s beautiful, and I really could see myself living there. The norm. The gardens in back were even more amazing! They have one in French style, with much more squared structure. I really do love French gardens. They are so representative of French culture in general. They also have an English garden, with a more lax, romantic structure. It looks like your typical beautiful garden for a nice stroll, and it was 100% enjoyable, even more so due to the fact that the leaves are changing colors and falling to the ground as fall progresses. I was in love, lack of sleep and all.

Not only did this past weekend kick booty, but so has this past week! It good to make friends with the people who work as CEA. Due to this fact, Shayla and I were offered the extra seats for a musical theatre presentation, qui s’appelle 1789: Les Amants De La Bastille. It was the story of the Revolution, but not only from the royalty’s view, with modern music, historic scenes and dressing, and amazing dancing. It was a real life, HUGE musical of which many French people had been looking forward to themselves! I definitely can see myself going back to another show! I’m having such a blast seeing all the theatre shows and shows in general that I have in Paris. They’re so well done!

Here’s an example of a song from the musical. Imagine this with lights, better dancing, and more emotion:

It was AWESOME.

Tonight is our night in, and then tomorrow night is out Friday! No class for me, and Shayla gets out at 2:00. We plan to head to the Catacombs for both of our first times!

La Fin de Le Week-End Dernier

10 Nov

Okay, okay. I know this weekend is already almost over, and I’m still trying to finish up telling you about last weekend! But here is the last bit of my break when Shayla’s best friend, Lizzy, who is studying in Barcelona, came to visit us for her first stay in Paris! I didn’t take a ton of pictures of everything we did since I’ve done it all before, but we covered almost all of Paris in about two days with going out each night too… I’m starting to get used to this whole not-sleeping-on-weekends situation. (Not saying I love it!)

Of course, I did take some pictures of a bit of food we consumed. This is how I eat in Paris. And I love it.

P.S. That cappuccino was the best I’ve ever had in my life.

P.P.S. I’ll be back ASAP to tell you all about this weekend that we spent out with Amandine and her friends, plus our day trip to Fontainebleau. Needless to say, it’s been awesome.

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Halloween!

8 Nov

Last Wednesday was Halloween… Although I’m pretty sure you’re all aware of this.. In France, Halloween is only now starting to get big. As in, they all think of it as a holiday for being spooky, if they even think of it at all! Being our wonderful American selves and deciding to have our tourist stay-cation in Paris, we knew we had to find something to do to celebrate! We were scattered around the town Tuesday, trying to figure out costumes. The costume stores here are definitely not the same. At all. It was literally a tiny room with a couple random, goofy accessories and masks. No full costumes. Shayla, being her wise self, bought sparkly Minnie Mouse ears at Disneyland for her costume. Nicole, my friend who told us about the party we were going to on the Champs-Elysee, found nerd glasses and suspenders, and I… Well, I found a boa. And decided to be a 60s call girl.

It was fun getting all dressed up for the night. And after waiting, and getting together for drinks before going out, and traveling the 45 minutes on the metro, I needed to eat. So us dressed up, non-scary girls had to make a little pit stop for a sandwich. And then we spent the night dancing it all away!

Halloween may not be the same here, but it was still amazing!

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La Premiere Moitie De Mes Vacances

7 Nov

Sorry I’ve been a little incognito! Life here has been busy, busy, busy. If I’m not out doing something entertaining, I’m in class or trying to relax a bit or wandering around the city. I don’t like to have much down time since there’s so much to do! We had the last week off for Fall break, so Shayla and I decided on a little stay-cation in Paris. Which consisted of partying, restauranting, site-seeing, laughing at things/people, and just overall enjoying ourselves. We also went to Disneyland Paris with our friend Gyzmo, the bartender. No time for saying much, I’ve got to get ready for class!

Coming up next? Halloween fun and Lizzy’s weekend visit de Barcelone!