Today’s most used french phrase. It means “I don’t smoke.”
We went to the FIFA Fan Fest to watch France play tonight, and the most annoying Frenchmen sat by us. They kept offering me their hand-rolled cigarette and asking me questions about Barack Obama…
But after we got out of there we went to our favorite crepe guy by the Eiffel Tower, so all is well =P
We also hit up the Louvre this morning, which was pretty awesome. We got to see stuff like the Hammurabi Code, a real Egyptian mummy, the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory, and of course the Mona Lisa. And, on accident, the flash on the camera went off when I took a picture of the Mona Lisa… but I didn’t get tackled by security or anything, which is good haha.
Yesterday’s trip to Auvers-sur-Oise was not as great as I’d hoped. I did get to see van Gogh’s grave, which is in the ugliest cemetery ever. Then we got lost for about 30-45 minutes, and ended up going on a hike through the woods in the French countryside. At first it was really pretty getting to see the fields that van Gogh painted… then it got very muddy, which no one was prepared for, and then we got really lost and I don’t even know where we were.
Tomorrow is our trip to Versailles! Hopefully it won’t be too hot and miserable! Either way, I’m excited!
I’m no good at clever titles. Sorry.
Into our 9th or 10th day here… I’m not sure, I haven’t been counting that close. The first half of this week hasn’t been too riveting. Class really gets in the way of things. But we’re done with class for the week now, and the second half of our week looks very promising! We’re meeting Ryan tonight for dinner, since he’ll be heading back to Bowling Green soon. There’s also a free concert at the FIAP tonight. It’s a French Folk/Pop band. We may be able to get back in time to catch it. It should be pretty cool.
Tomorrow we have no class because we’re going to Auvers-sur-Oise tomorrow afternoon. It’s been home to several painters in France-most notably van Gogh and Cezanne. It inspired van Gogh’s work, and he is also buried there. I’m pretty excited.
We’re spending Friday at the Louvre, since we chose to not wait in line in the rain last sunday. The world cup also begins this week, and France plays on Friday night. I’m so excited to catch some football fever! There’s also a FIFA Fan Fest in front of the Trocadero, which we might check out this week. They play the games on this huge screen and it’s pretty much a big football festival for the major cities who aren’t hosting the World Cup.
We’re heading to Versailles this Saturday, which is another place I’ve been looking forward to visiting. It should be a fun day if it’s not too hot!
We should have lots of pictures to post tomorrow, so be looking out!
Day 1 of study abroad complete… well, just about. I’m getting ready to go to bed… It’s 7:42 here… 12:42 pm at home. I’ve been up since 5 central time yesterday-that’s about 32 hours o_O. The plane ride was long, and I think that Delta stuck us in the smelliest airplane they own. Needless to say, not much rest was to be had on that flight. It was so weird though because it was only nighttime for about 3 hours, since we kept flying east. The sunrise this morning was pretty awesome though.
It’s been overcast today in Paris, but that hasn’t kept us from exploring our new home! We went on a tour of the neighborhood, which was both really beautiful and really deserted, since Parisians actually do use Sunday as a day of rest. We went through the market near our hostel. It was so neat to see all the varieties of cheese, bread, fruit and veggies, meats, wine and everything else they had. I didn’t buy anything today, but it runs 3 days a week so I will definitely be checking it out again.
I didn’t get any video today because I evidently didn’t charge the flipcam long enough. I will remedy this for tomorrow! As for now, I’m going to bed!