12 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'host family':


'Je préfère les chevaux bruns... ça ne se salit pas autant que les blancs.'

Spent a lovely weekend in Grenoble, visiting the host-fam (minus Denis, who is spending the summer hols wandering around in Egypt). I got to take a shower every morning and spent a lot of time being pénible and making terrible puns, which I will not burden you with because I've forgotten most of them* and they're all in French anyway and wouldn't translate. The trip there was frought with Americans. In the train from Onzain to Paris I avoided talking to the one in my compartment, but the one sitting across from me Paris-Grenoble addressed me first, asking if I...

srah - Sunday, 25 July 2004 - 1:12 PM
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Una hermana nueva en la casa

It's final: we're going to take the exchange student. We have an interview tomorrow morning to make sure we're not dope fiends or operating a brothel from out of the home or whatever it is they have to screen host families for. All curses aside, I'm happy. Between all of the visits to France we've made, my sister and I have had five short- or long-term host families. Some were good, some were great and some left me in front of the TV, which was okay because without that, I never would have seen It dubbed into French. "Ils flottent,...

srah - Friday, 16 January 2004 - 7:22 PM
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Le royaume des kirs

I wrote in the cheese story that I refused my host family's efforts to get me drunk, but I realize that it isn't quite true. When I had Christmas Eve lunch with them two years ago, we had Kir Royales (champagne and crème de cassis) as an apéritif. I've never particularly liked champagne, so I don't drink much of it. With crème de cassis, however, the champagne was delicious. What I didn't realize, having avoided it before, is that champagne hits me a lot harder than regular wine does. My host family saw that I liked it and kept refilling...

srah - Wednesday, 13 August 2003 - 11:48 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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Visit of the sister

Sophie came to visit me this weekend, and I took her to a dinner at Presles. There was great confusion in explaining to the others who she was and what she was doing there, seeing as she was not actually my sister, not an assistant, and that while she was a high school student, she was not a student at Presles or in Vichy at all. We explored the sites of Vichy, then invented some more when we had exhausted the established ones....

srah - Sunday, 23 March 2003 - 11:15 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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Today's graduation countdown: 17 days

17 days on the 17th. Huh. When we went to visit Denis and Sophie's cousin and her kids in St-Etienne, the six-year-old cousin Charles latched on to me. It was interesting because he'd seen me about a month before and had told me that his cousins were beautiful but I was moche. Well, little Charles. I was bored and lonely and bombarded with French. We can't all be looking our best under these circumstances. Poo on you. But on this visit, he followed me all over the place and wanted to sit next to me at dinner, sit on my...

srah - Wednesday, 17 April 2002 - 1:03 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: 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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Comment communiquent les hommes de caverne?

Hooray - I got to talk/grogner to Denis on IM for over an hour, until he was tragically eaten by a tiger. The Internet is a magical wonderland and I want to give it a kiss on its little nosey....

srah - Tuesday, 29 January 2002 - 5:14 PM
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A LETTER FROM FRANCE!

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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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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