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Post number 100! Whoohoo!

100 posts in 6 months, I’m pretty impressed with myself since all my childhood journals had the same entry, “Maybe this time I’ll actually keep writing….”

Keeping the blog going has been easier than I thought it would. Partly because I’m so happy here and I know I’ll forget things if I don’t write them down, it’s just how my brain works. And partly because I know my mom (Salut mommy!) and some other relatives read the blog, and I love being able to keep in touch with them, even if it’s in our funky 21st century way. Whether any future study abroaders have looked at the blog (another reason I thought of starting it), I have no clue, but you never know.

This week has been insane, and it’s not slowing down. Monday I had mon stage in the morning, where we continued to clean and clean for the inauguration, and carry lots of supplies all over the building, almost ran out of space. After that I had my class at IFE where we learned about Greece and the EU during a presentation and I believe the institutions… I’ve discovered I’ve had enough of the EU and need to find some way to keep myself interested in this class, we’ll see how that goes.

Tuesday went by fast. In the morning we cleaned all the paint stains of the floor in the exposition. After that we went over the exposition a bit as a group, got dressed in our Keith Haring gear, and got to work. I spent my night surveilling the artwork (Ne touchez pas s’il vous plait, c’est les vrais oeuvres, tres fragile, merci) and cleaning wine glasses, I believe we went through 40 sum odd bottles. All in all, opening night was a great success and I was exhausted by the time I got home.

Today, I woke up and headed up north to the Prefecture de la Police to renew my visa, which thanks to slowpoke bureaucracy and forms is expired (btws, legal to stay in france with an expired visa for 2 months). I got there a half hour early, went though security, and got my number. Everything moved pretty fast, the lady was nice, everything was well until, dun dun dun, I didn’t have my numero d’agreement! What is that? No clue! And whatever it is, IFE doesn’t have it. So, I get to go back on friday and give them a very pretty letter from IFE explaining that we don’t have said numero but here is all the information you could possibly need. I was just a tad bit frustrated after going up north, missing work for the morning, and not getting what I needed, so I grabbed some MacDo and headed to the museum. There I got to observe one of the visits while guarding the artwork, a new task now that there’s real art work at stake. It was interesting to watch since we really are in the process of figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Keeping the kids from touching the work was a whole other story. They understand that paintings are not to be touched, that’s easy basic knowledge. However, there’s a kids size yellow race car which just calls to them. You can see it in their eyes, every kid who passes wants to touch it, heck I want to, it’s freaking cool. It’s really tricky to figure out which kid will just be tempted and which kid will actually act on it. I’m hoping we put up some actual barriers, because it sucks to keep a kid at a distance and have to act like the security guard with everybody who comes in. After work, I attempted to do some shopping because during the beautiful 18 degree C weather we had today, I realize that jeans and a pea-coat aren’t going to be comfortable for long on the metro. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any luck, but hopefully more skirts will be out before the real heat waves. Tonight, one of our Goucher friends came for a visit, so Zipeng cooked us all a big dinner. It was nice to catch up, and just not eat cantine food.

Post 100, fini, je doit dormir. But I’ll leave you with a very important video for learning French.

or alternatively, because I am a vrai connecticutian

Randomness

I was enjoying my morning internet connection, when I stumbled across an amazing blog one of the GPPers posted on facebook. (Paris vs New York, a tally of two cities) Of course, once I started clicking around I stumbled across some amazing blogs and general information about Paris. So, here it is.(Btw, most of these links are in English or have an English option)

L’Enigme des Passages Couverts – You know those awesome covered shopping passageways? Well, now you can explore them murder mystery style. Only 18 euro each and they run during the Christmas break.

Paris Daily Photo – A new picture of Paris everyday, and a nice description so you can discover all sorts of Paris secrets.

Prête à Voyager – A “loving graphic designer” blogging about Paris. Through her I found a post on what special events happen throughout the year. For example, I now doubly wish I could stay through June, apparently there’s a graffiti festival.

Design*Sponge – Paris Guide – A list of all sorts of amazing things I want to do and places I want to see.

Lost in Cheeseland – Interesting blog about living in Paris. A little hard to navigate so I’ll have to explore it more later.

La mosquée – Massages! Expensive though, but apparently really good. So I’ll add it to my long list of things I’m considering for Christmas.

Mama Shelter – Hotel incredibly close to me. It looks all hip and modern, and it’s not exactly cheap. So, I don’t know what it’s doing right down the street from me in a “popular” (poor) district. I’ll have to explore that site a bit more too.

Little Brown Pen – Photographs of Paris. And not cheesy touristy Paris, he even took pictures of my favorite metro station (Arts et Metiers).

I’m sure I could have kept clicking and found a hundred more links, but I should probably actually do something today.

Bonne journée!

French blogs

One of my favorite things to do here is to read through the free newspapers in the metro. My favorites are Metro and DirectMatin. Recently in Metro there was an article about “Les blogueurs français” and a website called golden-blog-awards.fr . It lists French blogs in every possible category, the main ones of food and fashion of course, but also funky things like swedish-electro. Here’s the best ones I found.

http://student-in-the-kitchen.blogspot.com/

– Haven’t tried out the recipes yet, but they look really good.  And hopefully since it’s a student writing it, it won’t be too hard.

http://cinegeekfr.blogspot.com/

Cinema geek, don’t need to say much more. Seems to be well written and all that though, so I’m excited. Especially since thanks to this blog I now know there’s going to be a Cars 2!

http://mou-stache.fr/

Quite the bizarre site, but what else would you expect from a blog devoted to mustaches?

http://www.tuezlestous.com/

Blog devoted to Zombies. Wonder if they know about HvZ?

http://www.savezvousque.fr/

Did you know that…? The first post I saw was about the universe, so of course I immediately fell in love with this blog. We’ll have to wait and see if I keep up with it though.

http://www.le75011.fr/

There’s a blog about my district! How cool is that! I love anything local so I’m glad I found a way to keep up with what’s going on in the neighborhood. I just hope they update it.

Helpful website

I do not have much to update right now, as I just got back from vacation. However, I did randomly find a blog post about the someone else’s nyc visa experience. So, I figured I would share another persons take on the experience. Here’s the link: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/jrank2889/1/1261968055/tpod.html