14 entries from srah blah blah tagged with '1':


L'ennui du globe-trotter

I am currently applying for two different internships in France (and another in Brussels, although I haven't heard back from them at all in the week since I sent my resumé). I almost started crying just now, listening to Jean-Jacques Goldman and thinking about my possible arrival in Paris this May or so. Why do I ache for France when I'm home and long for home when I'm in France? When I'm in France, I tell myself I could never spend my whole life there, but when I'm in the US, I realize I could never spend my whole life...

srah - Monday, 15 March 2004 - 9:28 PM
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What a girl misses

Katie has been posting what she misses and doesn't miss from France. My unexhaustive lists (in no particular order): Things I miss about France - speaking French - family and friends - public transportation - the French - baguettes - cheese - other foods - being hit on by strange men even when I feel skanky and unshowered - menthes à l'eau - Nestea pêche - French radio - walking - packaging printed in multiple languages - text-messaging - mountains - being foreign - the salad dressing - the pace of life - perfume - musical cell phone rings -...

srah - Saturday, 11 October 2003 - 9:22 AM
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French or Foe?

The French have a stereotype of being rude, but I bet the basis for this is the previously mentioned lack of professional responsibility. The French don't admit that they're at fault or that they're wrong, which comes off, as an American, as arrogance. Really what the French person wants you to do is have a debate with him or agree to disagree, but an American will look for him to eventually shoulder the blame. Nuh-uh. Keep looking. Polly Platt, how we miss thee....

srah - Monday, 10 February 2003 - 6:15 AM
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Coming soon...

The story of my weekend trip in Aurillac - full of adventure, stripteases, donkeys, gay bars, and me falling in love... with mashed potatoes. I'm afraid you'll have to wait until the next time I get online for all of that, but I thought I would tease you. Also coming soon: two more rolls-worth of selected pictures for your viewing pleasure, including the trips to Thiers, the Puy de Dôme, and Angers....

srah - Sunday, 15 December 2002 - 4:28 PM
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Conversations in cyberland

Cybercafé manager: Would you like something to drink? Me: No thank you. CM: Why do you always refuse? Me: I have had bad experiences with keyboards and beverages. CM: I promise you you won't have any problems this time. Me: Okay. I'll have tea with milk, please. CM comes out with a tray of tea, milk, sugar, and little candies. Later he walks by and I have been typing and have not yet touched my drink. "Sarah," he admonishes, "Why aren't you drinking your tea?" Then I have to pay attention to drinking so that I don't get admonished again....

srah - Sunday, 15 December 2002 - 3:54 PM
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Benoît-Sébastien-François, meet Hélène-Lætitia-Gaëlle

The French like their hyphenated names. Marie-Pierre is a girl's name, whereas Pierre-Marie and Jean-Marie are boys. I think a good hyphenated name for my offspring would be Jérôme-Loïc. The American system already can't handle all those accents, but they do all kinds of funny things to hyphenated first names as well. I like to cause as much confusion as possible. Speaking of names, I think Nadège is a cool one. I've heard it, but I've never actually met anyone with that name. I wonder if young girls named Nadège are often called Petit 'Dège or if I am terribly...

srah - Tuesday, 3 December 2002 - 3:10 PM
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How I learned to stop worrying and love the Euro

Last weekend at the laundromat, I met a couple of Americans who were hiking through France. We talked as our laundry spun and got onto the subject of the Euro. The woman said she was against it because the countries were losing a little bit of their culture by losing their individual currencies. It was at this point, talking to her, that I realized: I don't care. I am all about sticking my nose in other countries' business and having an opinion about what they should or shouldn't do. But I was delighted to realize that I don't have to...

srah - Tuesday, 22 October 2002 - 5:02 PM
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Marque!... euh, non

Two negative points for me in the ongoing game of Spot the American. Is it just me, or is it harder than it was two years ago? Damned Americanization....

srah - Thursday, 17 October 2002 - 1:24 PM
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Suite de la chasse aux Euros étrangers

I have: Belgium (2€, 10c), Luxembourg (2€), Italy (50c, 10c), Spain (20c), and Germany (20c). These links will show you the country-specific face of the coin and tell you about the person/object pictured. Neato. All that recorded, now I can go spend them and other people can have the joy of finding foreign coins....

srah - Wednesday, 16 October 2002 - 6:51 AM
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Collecting Euro coins may be hazardous to your budget

I want to keep all of the foreign Euro coins I find, but they aren't that rare and once you start collecting 2€ coins, it starts getting expensive. So instead I will look them up on this very cool site to identify them and then let them back into the wild. More on the chasse aux Euros after I've looked over my collection....

srah - Wednesday, 16 October 2002 - 6:43 AM
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Limaces make me grimace

It rained last night and - whereas in the US, we have earthworms all over the pavement - here, the slugs and snails are out en force. It is so uncomfortable having to mince your way to school through the slugs, in the fear that you will step on one and it will explode all over you, or whatever these enormously obese slugs do when you squish them. Ew....

srah - Wednesday, 16 October 2002 - 6:32 AM
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'Jour horrible pour la France'

I got an email from Sophie saying that this was a horrible day for France, but no more explanation. I went down to see Antoine as soon as I read her email. Antoine had just gone online and found out the news for himself when I came in and asked, "What's happening in France?" Jean-Marie LePen, leader of the extreme-right party Le Front National, has been promoted to the second round of the presidential elections in France. All along it was believed that the two candidates in the second round would be the current president, Jacques Chirac, and the current...

srah - Sunday, 21 April 2002 - 8:35 PM
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Any Europeans out there?

Any Europeans out there? How's that Euro working out for you, huh? I can't wait to go back to France and have to learn a new currency. Ha ha....

srah - Wednesday, 2 January 2002 - 4:46 PM
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I think one thing I miss

I think one thing I miss from last year is the anonymity of living in a city and travelling around. Albion can be a bit claustrophobic....

srah - Friday, 9 November 2001 - 10:24 AM
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