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Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz July 23rd 2011

My resources are one 14-kg backpack, one month and half, 800€ in the Pocket, and friends all over Europe. I will try to outline a vertical view of Europe by exploring its two cultural poles -the north (baltic and nordic countries; especially Estonia, Lettonia, Sweden and Finnland) & the south (Spain and South of France)- with Italy and Fance as transition countries. I would like to get a better understanding of the two different approaches of the individu to society while contextualising them in the respective historic past. Is there an antinomy between the individualistic societies of northern countries and the more social-oriented societies of the southern one? Are these differences irreductible? ... read more

Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz June 13th 2011

We started our excursion to France very early and after driving through western Germany and Luxembourg, we crossed the French border. Our first stop was the city of Metz, in the Lorraine region. We had almost the whole day to discover this rather small, but very beautiful city. The first sight we visited was the Cathedral of Metz (Saint Etienne de Metz) from the 16th century. The inside is very impressive, but reminded us a lot of the Dom or Cathedral in Cologne as well. We continued from there and walked through the mayor part of the city, passing stores and houses. Finally we reached our destination: the main railway station (Gare de Metz-Ville). We went inside and passed the main hallway and visited the tracks as well. The station was build by the Germans and ... read more
Opera in Metz
Port of the Cathedral
Port of the Cathedral

Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz December 27th 2009

This morning after breakfast, Ben suggested we take a tour of Metz. The girls opted to stay at Anthony's place as they were very cold, so it was just Ben, me and another CS friend of Ben. Our first stop was a church. We parked the car and walked - the weather was awful. It was snowing and there was an icy wind blowing. Good thing the girls decided not to come with. After the church, we visited the most magical christmas markets. Even though I was frozen solid, I loved meandering through the christmas markets. We went back to Anthony's house, picked up Isa and the girls and then the long drive back to Verdun where the girls helped Lorraine to decorate the christmas tree and Ben made us pasta and chicken for lunch. After ... read more
A beautiful christmas market
Streets of Metz
Inside the chruch

Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz October 21st 2009

This is what I wrote on my computer my first day in France While traveling today I was thinking “what should i title my first blog”....some options were, 3 countries in one day, when your luggage falls off your luggage cart at the airport or oh shit why am i here? today (and im not even sure i should even call it today since its been more like 2 days) was quite eventful so maybe i should start from the beginning. i left seatac airport all disheveled and sad after my mini meltdown. i dont think its quite hit me yet that im in France. My flight to Chicago was good, nothing out of the ordinary. When I got to chicago I quickly found my gate and boarded my flight to Paris. So far so good. ... read more
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Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz October 21st 2009

Day 2 I was scheduled to meet Vero at 10 am to meet more of the administrative staff. I went to the teachers staff room and it flooded with teachers of all sorts. The english teachers found me and I introduced myself, actually more like they knew exactly who I was. They asked me questions in English and French. They were so gracious in speaking to me in English since they knew I just got here yesterday. After meeting everyone in the administrative building, Vero showed me where I could eat lunch at the school, where I could make copies and where I could find various people and places if I need anything. I’m sure I will have to ask around again since somethings are a blur. I went home and tried to find something to ... read more

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Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz October 21st 2009

Day 3 en France After my restless night I woke up around 9 to get ready and eat since I had to be at the bank at 11. I left a little after 10 thinking it would take me longer to get there and sadly it took about 10 minutes. So with some time to kill I wandered around the shopping square in Longwy. I went to a magazine shop where they sold newspapers, magazines, cards and other items. After wandering around the store for awhile looking at all of the dvds and books in french titles that were originally american blockbusters I came across some calendars. Yesterday I realized I should probably have a wall calendar of some sort. Here were my options: Men 2010....yup, pictures of men. Michael Jackson King of Pop (and there ... read more

Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz October 21st 2009

Its Moving Day October 1st. I have now met all of the assistants that I’ll be living with. Its really nice having them around. Evelina who is this gorgeous assistant from Italy has been staying with her parents in Metz for the past couple of days. Her parents are so cute and her mom pinches my cheek when she sees me and says touta bella. I dont know why I always speak French to them knowing they speak Italian. Maria from Cordoba, Spain is unpacking at I type. She has an amazing Spanish accent and is beautiful as well. Oh all these european girls. I can’t wait to post pictures. She is nice so far and seems welcoming. And then my there is Sabine, the assistant from Germany. I think her and I will become good ... read more

Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz January 15th 2009

Ii'll give a quick recap of the past few days: On Tuesday night me and my friends went to Lux city. I got a feel for the train system and how to get around. Other people ride the train/bus to class everyday, but since I walk I haven't gotten a hang of things yet. The city was fun, and I definitely want to go back during the day to walk around a little more. Yesterday after classes we had a host family reception at the Chateau. My host mom and brother went. It was a little awkward at first, but one more people came (and once my Nadine, my host mom, had people to talk to that she knew, it was MUCH less awkward). I introduced her to a lot of my friends, and they all ... read more

Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz March 27th 2008

Ugh, so I am sick and you have no idea how hard it is to be sick in a different country! In France they don't have health insurance like us Americans. Well, they do but it is completely different. I feel like I am pretty much isolated thanks to my sinus infection because just about everybody does not want to be around me. Who can blame them? But, when you don't have your parents or siblings or whoever to help look out for you it gets pretty tough. Even if you have a boyfriend or girlfriend they just don't want you to come over when you're not lookin' your best. :( I just wish someone would be nice and sympathize for once... this is the part where I really miss my mom. Anyways, last Friday I ... read more

Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz March 10th 2008

On Saturday the Galvez's had a big engagement party for their eldest son Matthieu and his fiance Claire. Claire's family arrived late in the afternoon, and then her mom came later. She has two siblings whose names I completely forget (yeah, kinda typical of me!), and her parents are divorced. We started eating around 9:30pm, and finished at 1am! Seriously, when people have ANY type of party in France, it lasts until midnight or 2am even if it is totally awkward. In America, we end things at 10pm! I think we need to learn something from the French... including eating. Anyway, we ate a traditional Spanish food called Paella. Antoine Galvez is Spanish, and it's one of his favorites, so obviously Rosa learned how to make it even though she is Portuguese. Basically it's a mix ... read more
Newton & Pierre
Paella
Jeremy




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