28 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'grenoble':


I kept dreaming and waking up last night, so - although there are portions of these dreams that are unrelated - I've divided them into three parts. Parte the First I was riding a bus with Adrian Monk¹. I was also a TV detective or mystery-solver of some sort with my own show, maybe sort of like the one on Medium. I looked like Laura Roslin from Battlestar Galactica though. Somehow - whether through a Groundhog Day thing or because we both had psychic powers - Monk and I both knew that he was about to get shot by a...

srah - Sunday, 1 February 2009 - 2:19 PM
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I shall call them...

I don't know why I just thought of this, but now it's rattling around in my head and refuses to leave until I blog it all out: When I lived in Grenoble, oh so many years ago now, there was a sign somewhere on the bus route from my house to campus¹ that pointed the way to the couvent des Minimes. The Minimes were, undoubtedly, an order of monks who had lived in the convent years ago². But every time I read the sign, I giggled a little inside at the thought of a whole convent full of Mini-Me. –...

srah - Tuesday, 23 August 2005 - 4:22 PM
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Deobfuscating the blog game

It is time for the answers to be revealed. At last you will know the truth! And the lie! You won't care, but you will know! And knowing is half the battle. Shut up, srah, and just tell them the answers already. Most people recognized that story #2 (College Jeopardy) was true. That's because this story sucked. I do appreciate that you were so willing to believe that I couldn't come up with anything interesting to say about myself, though. I'm going to go cry in a corner, even though it is true. The other 'story' I came up with...

srah - Monday, 25 August 2003 - 7:01 AM
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Obfuscation: The Blog Game

Here are my three stories. Two are true and one is false. I will warn you that I have a reputation for being quite good at this sort of thing, although when I've done it as an icebreaker it's usually a factoid rather than a story. You may pick which you think is the true FALSE (oops - forgot to change that when I changed from 2F/1T to 2T/1F) story, leaving your guess in the comments. If you'd like, I'd also be interested to know why you think one or the other is true or false. On Monday I'll post...

srah - Friday, 22 August 2003 - 10:08 AM
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A Year in Isère

I have recently had great demand for stories about my time in Grenoble. Not to mention demands, some of them quite violent, for actual content on this blog. Once upon a time, I had planned on making a webpage bringing together pictures and stories from my year in Grenoble. Parts of this have been created and are actually online, although nothing on my site links to them because the project isn't finished after the two years since I returned. If it hasn't been finished in two years, it ain't gonna get done. I've decided to kill two birds with one...

srah - Thursday, 21 August 2003 - 1:37 PM
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Votre dévouée élève, qui vous aime de tout son coeur

While reading The Professor (thanks for suggesting it, Katie), I was full of fantasies about updating it (à la Pride & Prejudice/Bridget Jones), writing a novel loosely based on it, or bringing it to the big screen. The book is about an Englishman who is unhappy in his work, so he goes off to Belgium and teaches English. I like it despite the protagonist's airs of grandeur, because there are parts that remind me of my experiences as a teaching assistant in France. No man likes to acknowledge that he has made a mistake in the choice of his profession,...

srah - Thursday, 24 July 2003 - 12:07 AM
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De retour à Grenoble

I am spending the weekend in Grenoble with my host family. Sophie slept in, so I snuck out to run errands and take advantage of the Big City. Everything is pretty much as it was, the mountains are still lovely, I got to do a bit of shopping, and I even had 54 minutes left on my cybercafé account. I find that my disdain for Americans In France extends to my fellow CUEF students now and that even when one of them was talking about Michigan, I couldn't bring myself to associate with them....

srah - Friday, 25 April 2003 - 7:30 AM
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February Vacation pictures

Here they come: Vichy Grenoble Paris Meldreth Stonehenge Andover London...

srah - Friday, 21 March 2003 - 6:11 AM
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Alpine longing

I don't miss things when they're gone. I miss them in advance and I miss them retroactively when I see them again. To some extent, it's the same with people. Every time I come back to Grenoble, I find myself missing the Alps again. One of these times, I'm going to steal them in the dead of the night and take them with me....

srah - Saturday, 22 February 2003 - 10:53 AM
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Mo' Better Trilogy

A way long time ago, I blogged about these three movies, which are now finally coming out in France. One critique I read gave them one, two, and three stars respectively, but I still want to see all of them because they were filmed in Grenoble....

srah - Saturday, 11 January 2003 - 4:25 AM
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Pickshers continued

The Allier river The Spas Le Parc des Sources Seeing Becky in Grenoble...

srah - Monday, 4 November 2002 - 11:35 AM
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Pictures, continued

Mouse over for captions, if you please. Sophie's braids, as done in Mali (and as undone in Grenoble) Y a quoi à Vichy? (to be continued...) School sweet school Trip to la Grande Chartreuse Assistants' Meeting in Clermont-Ferrand...

srah - Wednesday, 30 October 2002 - 10:16 AM
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I'm cleaning out my clawzit under my bed

I found my papers from Grenoble while digging around under my bed. I looked at one of my assignments, which was to write an imaginary break-up letter, using various subjunctive-triggering phrases. This was the result: Salut: Comme dit Serge Gainsbourg : je suis venue te dire que je m'en vais. Tout sympa que tu as été, j'ai trouvé un nouveau petit ami. J'ai voulu t'écrire une lettre pour te dire tout ce que j'ai dû supporter pendant les quatre jours que nous avons passés ensemble, pour que tu puisses corriger les défauts de ton caractère afin de trouve une nouvelle...

srah - Tuesday, 10 September 2002 - 12:49 AM
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Graduation countdown: 8 days

8 days. Last year in Grenoble I went out for a walk one day with nothing to do. Cheryl was out doing something else and I was bored so I wandered around downtown for a while and ended up on the quais of the Isère, just below the Bastille, one of the smaller of the mountains around Grenoble. So I decided to climb the Bastille. It's not like I needed climbing ropes or something - it's just a zig-zag walking path up the mountain. But since I hadn't really planned the expedition, I was wearing jeans and a long-sleeved t-shirt,...

srah - Saturday, 27 April 2002 - 11:36 AM
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Graduation countdown (on time this time!): 26 days

26 days. Last year, my favorite professor was Dominique. He was our main (sort of "homeroom") teacher in our three-a-week language classes. He had a very entertaining and mimicable way of talking and I miss him just thinking about it. He always went around the room to get answers, so everyone got a chance to or was forced to speak. On the last day of class, we bought him a card and a nice pen and he took us all down to the cafeteria for coffee and tea and to exchange addresses with everyone. We were all very sad when...

srah - Monday, 8 April 2002 - 9:01 AM
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Graduation countdown: 35 days

35 days. One of the last things I did, between my final exams and flying home from Grenoble was to make cookies with Sophie. It was something we'd talked about all year, but we never had all of the ingredients. So one day in May, we finally sat down and made them. It was interesting because we had the directions in English and in cups and teaspoons. We had the right measuring utensils, because the Morins had had so many Americans before. We had alsatian raising powder, which was something akin to baking powder or soda or something. We had...

srah - Saturday, 30 March 2002 - 12:44 PM
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Graduation countdown: 48 days

48 days. Over Thanksgiving weekend last year, Jillian, Erin and their friend Stephanie came from Venice to visit me in Grenoble and go up to Paris. The whole Grenoble-finding-a-place-to-stay-during-a-Socialist-convention story is one for another time. But when we went to Paris, we stayed in a hostel. The desk clerk's name was Frédéric. Actually, it wasn't. It could have been, but we never asked. We just made it up. The guy ahead of us in line was very annoying and didn't pay any attention to what Frédéric was saying. We smiled knowingly at him and waited patiently. Then he serviced served...

srah - Sunday, 17 March 2002 - 9:52 AM
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Graduation Countdown: 53 days

53 days. Junior year, I had nowhere to go for my Spring Break. I didn't have any friends who were close enough to travel with. Most of my friends were the European students on a shoestring budget who could travel Europe whenever they wanted, rather than the Americans who were travelling all over the place while they had the opportunity and occasionally coming to class. So I thought I was going to spend Spring Break alone and friendless, but my host family invited me along on their Spring Break trip and it ended up being an amazing experience. We spent...

srah - Tuesday, 12 March 2002 - 9:02 AM
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Una estrella para mi hermanita

Alfie wins a gold star for correctly identifying the reason why 1968 was my favorite Winter Olympics: They were in Grenoble. My friend Renate lived in the Olympic Village (right) while she was studying at the CUEF and my house was just down the way from the ice rink....

srah - Monday, 11 February 2002 - 1:31 PM


A LETTER FROM FRANCE! A LETTER FROM FRANCE! Nothing makes me happier. THEY HAVE INTERNET! THEY HAVE INTERNET! Well... maybe something....

srah - Thursday, 24 January 2002 - 12:40 PM
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I dreamt night before last that my car went through the car wash without me and I had to catch it on the other side. Then later I was driving around in a yellow cardboard box with one pedal. LAST night, I dreamt that I had to close Neptune because Gilles was leaving early. It was located in a strip mall where they also sold possessed ice cream. I didn't manage to get any, but I was encouraging my grandma to get some. They were shopping in another store and the owner closed up and forgot to bring down the...

srah - Wednesday, 2 January 2002 - 8:33 AM
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Why did I study abroad?

French has long been my favorite subject at school. When I was 15, my French teacher took interested students on a trip to France and my parents thought that broadening my horizons was important enough that they helped me pay for it. We had a short family stay, then toured around the country in a bus for two weeks. When I was a senior in high school, I decided that I enjoyed French enough that would major in it in college. So I asked my French teacher how to look for a college with a good French program. The big...

srah - Thursday, 20 December 2001 - 10:26 AM
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I had a clementine today

I had a clementine today. They make me happy. When I was in Grenoble, I would sometimes have two or three a day and Françoise would make sure to have them in the house for me. She was so good to me. They all were. I have plenty of lovely memories of finally getting to my dessert-clementine long after everyone else had finished and sitting at the dinner table peeling and eating it while Denis and Sophie talked, fought, or danced around the kitchen with me....

srah - Saturday, 8 December 2001 - 1:07 AM
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I'm thinking of the only Thanksgiving

I'm thinking of the only Thanksgiving that really stands out as memorable. The others, in the same locations and with the same people, all sort of blend together. But last year's Thanksgiving dashes all over Grenoble in the rain and eventual Thanksgiving a la francaise were... quite different. Don't know if I'd say better, exactly, but different....

srah - Thursday, 22 November 2001 - 11:29 AM
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André the Giant

André the Giant was born in Grenoble. I didn't even realize he was French. He didn't sound very French, did he? Also, Greer Garson went to the Université de Grenoble. IMDb is such a useful tool. If you have never been there, I COMMAND YOU TO GO....

srah - Monday, 19 November 2001 - 5:16 PM
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Un couple épatant - Cavale - Après la vie

Un couple épatant - Cavale - Après la vie I don't know how I find these things, but here's a trilogy of films that were filmed in Grenoble this year, including the time that we were visiting there this summer. Now I don't want to go jumping to conclusions or anything, but there seemed to be a lot of cinema-esque lighting nonsense going on down the street from our hotel... Well, even if I didn't almost see this filming, it's exciting to see recognizable scenery from Grenoble! Sigh......

srah - Monday, 12 November 2001 - 11:55 PM
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I HATE DUBBED MOVIES. I need to read boxes more carefully. That said, I put up with the dubbing for the whole movie and quite enjoyed Les Rivières pourpres. Lots of fun and action and thrills and the library scenes filmed in a building on Place Verdun in Grenoble that I passed every day and also HAVE BEEN INSIDE. Pardon me, I'm easily impressed. Vincent Cassel's English dubbing of his own part was very amoosing, as I have no idea where he learned English, but it might have been inner-city NYC. Jean Reno is divine and I think Vincent is...

srah - Saturday, 10 November 2001 - 4:12 PM
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ON NE BOUGE PAS PENDANT LE JINGLE. I should have had a blog while I was in France last year. I'm sure I had some interesting observations that should have been recorded for posterity. It probably wouldn't have been as excessively updated as it is here and now. Or maybe it would have been. I did live @ Neptune. I miss Gilles....

srah - Thursday, 8 November 2001 - 6:04 AM
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