12 entries from srah blah blah tagged with '3':


Picka Frenchatoni

Last time I came to France, I played Spot the American. I'm now, on the plane, involved in a simplified version of the game called French or American? I suck! This should not be harder than Spot the American, but so far none of my guesses have proven to be correct. David Sedaris, in his infinite wisdom, points out that you should be able to tell by the shoes. Hate to disappoint, David, but this planefull seems to have had a mutual footwear-swapping orgy, or else I'm just hopelessly out of touch with modern French and American fashion trends. Um......

srah - Sunday, 6 June 2004 - 7:47 PM
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I hate Paris in the springtime

"Don't worry," said the conductor. "Forty minutes is plenty of time to cross Paris and exchange your ticket. Take the RER line D and you'll be there in 15 minutes." Very true, except when it takes 15 minutes to get from your train to the RER and you have to wait 10 minutes for the next RER train. Then it takes more like... 40 minutes to cross Paris. Luckily I had been forced to pay an arm and a leg for a Full Tarif ticket which ended up being exchangeable for a ticket 5€ cheaper for a train an hour...

srah - Sunday, 27 April 2003 - 12:51 PM
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Shortbread depresses me

When I lived in Grenoble, I never stopped being amused by France and the French and Europe in general. I think the difference is that I have accepted and adapted to a lot more this time, rather than being amused and staying on the surface. I lived with things and was amused by them in Grenoble, but went back to my "normal" life in the USA afterwards. Now it feels like this is the normal life and I will actually have to readjust to my own country. My concern is that I will find it boring and bland and will...

srah - Tuesday, 22 April 2003 - 4:23 AM
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Admirateur obsessionnel

Um, yup. I was being dragued. Much as I gave Dave the benefit of the doubt, it is quite evident that I was being dragued. I met him at the mailbox on Saturday. He introduced himself as my new neighbor and we made small talk as best you can when one of you doesn't understand half of what the other is saying. Then today I had the window open in my ground-floor apartment so when he came to get his mail, he started talking to me through it. I was a bit annoyed because I couldn't have privacy and not...

srah - Monday, 10 March 2003 - 5:18 PM
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Hooray for socialism!

Although one might grumble occasionally about receiving 750€ after taxes on one's 950€ monthly salary, one learns to accept it. One might apply for aide au logement on a whim to see if one is eligible for anything worthwhile. It is thus quite exciting when one discovers that not only will one receive monthly payments of an amount sufficient to refund all but 9€ of one's rent, but that one will also be reimbursed for all of the months before one got around to applying. One is rich! One may not have to prostitute oneself to pay for grad school...

srah - Tuesday, 11 February 2003 - 4:38 AM
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Plus, sometimes I don't have to work at all

There is a strike today, of teachers and surveillants. Some people are striking, others aren't. I love strike days. It's fun to come to work when hardly anyone is here, and find out if any of the students have come to school for me to teach. It's different and adventury. And thankfully it's my half day, so I'm not concerned about the fact that the cafeteria is en grève as well....

srah - Tuesday, 28 January 2003 - 3:01 AM
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Girl in the bubble

I went out to faire la fête with my 2nd year BTS Optics students tonight. First we went to Sylvie's apartment to make crêpes and play with her cat. Sylvie is from Vizille, one of the suburbs of Grenoble, and offered me a ride there when I need one. Her cat is an enormous, long-haired show cat named Riki-Tiki-Tavi. Marion spent all evening pointing out reasons why Riki-Tiki-Tavi is con. After crêpes, most of the class showed up and we went to Les Fous du Roy, a local night club. It was pretty quiet when we got there, but after...

srah - Wednesday, 23 October 2002 - 9:00 PM
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What say the voices in the sky?

I heard the announcement for the train to Paris as I was waiting for my train to Lyon, in Vichy. The announcement was in French, then repeated in English and in German. What a cosmopolitan little station! I was everso proud. Speaking of train announcements, why does it seem to be the same voice in every station in France? I can't imagine it's a recording, because there are so many variations on what she has to say - train numbers, which one's late and by how much, etc. I've decided to imagine that the woman sits in SNCF headquarters in...

srah - Thursday, 17 October 2002 - 10:50 AM
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Hic! (13.10.02)

"Although alcohol consumption has dropped by 20% since the war, the French drink more than any national group in the world, except the people of Luxembourg." So says my guidebook. For the sake of the 441,300 people of Luxembourg, I hope that means per capita......

srah - Monday, 14 October 2002 - 10:47 AM
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Les Français, sont-ils peu sensibles?

Bob works for Carr Futures, who had an office in the World Trade Center in New York. Now family members of victims are upset with the French-owned company because they won't be getting health insurance. The article says: In most states, the law only requires that companies whose workers are killed on the job pay life insurance and state-mandated worker's compensation. A Carr spokesperson said what the company may be lacking in health insurance, it is making up for in life-insurance and accidental-death benefits that will range from $125,000 to $800,000 per employee. Cantor, by comparison, is maxing out at...

srah - Friday, 30 August 2002 - 10:55 AM
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Graduation countdown: 45 days

45 days. When my freshman seminar took a trip to France, we visited Paris and Grenoble, where Albion students were studying, and Noisy-le-roi, Albion's sister city. When we were in Grenoble, we took the télépheriques to the top of the Bastille and ate dinner in the restaurant there. I was peacefully eating my salad when a little friend said hello to me. "Bonjour," said the slug, "Je suis dans ta salade!" Well, that started me gagging. Remember, I thought to myself, you are in a foreign country and you are a representative of the United States. Let's try to understand...

srah - Wednesday, 20 March 2002 - 1:00 PM
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Olympic Recap

It's been a while since my last Olympic Update, and I'm sure you've all been missing the latest results on the one and a half countries I follow. (There are too many French athletes to follow them all, so we just count the medals). Final French medal count: 4 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze (tied with Switzerland for 8th) Final Chilean medal count: 0 gold, 0 silver, 0 bronze (tied with a hillion jillion other medalless countries for 26th, I believe) Chilean Alpine Skiing results Men's Downhill: Maui Gayme - +8.50 (48/55), Mikael Gayme - +9.24 (50/55) Men's Super-G: Duncan...

srah - Monday, 25 February 2002 - 1:46 PM
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