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Europe » France » Brittany » Rennes March 14th 2007

The following is an excerpt from a letter written to one of the best friends a girl could ever ask for. I've debated for days the decision to deposit this depressing dispatch into the depths of this domain. I feel it is my duty, but undeniably only because there is a deficiency of dramatic developments in my life. Ahem, Chere Merdith, oh, so indeed it is my turn? i was waiting for an actual letter!! i thought this was a quick pre-letter, more along the lines of, 'this is a quick pre-letter to the letter i'm going to write you when i have more time. but i'm thinking about you!' than 'this is a full-on letter. write me back asap!' our telepathic connection is apparently falty across the ocean. no doubt the magnetism of the earth ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » Rennes February 14th 2007

Note: This is the first part in a multi-part series. The series contains several totally ridiculous events from THE SAME DAY. 1) I awake from my sweet slumber at 9:30, and leave the house at 9:54 to make sure I'm on time for my 10:30 class. I meet my friend Holly at the bus stop, chit-chat, and climb onto the bus already full of commuters ready for what's sure to be a slothful and unrewarding day of work. As I stumble (by now, the bus has started moving) to the back half of the bus, I realize with slowly mounting dread that all 8 of the double seats in the back contain one lethargic high-school boy, all greased up and apparently waiting for a young, foreign girl to infuriate and mentally molest. There is one single ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » Rennes February 14th 2007

Note: This is the second installment of a 3-part series that describes in vague detail the events of my Valentine's Day. On the Rennes campus, there are 4 cafeterias that I know of. One is enormous, 2 are little sandwich shops, and the fourth is like a really crappy, French DK's. Each has its pluses and minuses, and none serve the same thing. I decided to go buy a panini at the biggest one, go to the not-DK's for some barbecue sauce, then seat myself a sandwich shop to chat amicably with my friends. Sounds rather straight-forward, quoi? Mais non. The fates were not aligned this day, my friends. One was eating grilled sausage at non-DK's, one had a salad at a cafe, one skipped lunch, and the other was seated at a table alone all ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » Rennes February 12th 2007

Today was absolutely wretched. At dinner I chose the topic of stem cell research. Why did I do that?! Why??! Have you ever tried explaining what a stem-cell is in another language? Tell me, what's the word for 'stem'? And when your host family thought you were talking about cloning, how did you differentiate the two?? What's embryo in any foreign language? Did you know that off the top of your head?? Yeah fucking right. You just looked that up. Oh, and for dessert, try answering the question, What does the United States think about abortion? ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » Rennes February 10th 2007

Alors? Qu'est-ce qui s'est passé?? 1. I paid $7 to eat a piece of cake so heavy and enormous that I got chills and started sweating as I was eating it, it was so disgustingly good. This was 20 minutes before we had to get off the bus to walk up 238 stairs to Mont St. Michel. I was nothing but dead weight. 2. On my first attempt at the 'flaming swastika' picture, there was a grave miscommunication between me and my picture taker. Basically, I started sprinting across the plaza we were in (which contained about 40 people), leapt as high and as far as I possibly could in the air, flashed a quick smile at the camera, then had some technical difficulties while trying to land my jump. The beautiful, medieval stone terrace completely ... read more
Chocolate Cake..Lodged In the Lining of My Heart...

Europe » France » Brittany » Rennes February 4th 2007

Well, I'm updating from a few weeks back, but better late than never. This was quite a nice weekend. First, Sylvia and Mylène, the two French girls who studied at the UA last fall, invited Fiona, Sarah, Alix and me over Friday night. Sarah unfortunately wasn't feeling well and didn't make it. Sylvia picked us up at the dorms and we picked up another friend of hers by the train station then headed to her apartment. Another friend, Amelie who is also in our translation class, got a little lost but Sylvia went out and found her. Then we had a good time playing spoons (a game they enjoyed at UA) and Jungle Rumble (or something similarly titled) which is a popular game here with a totem in the center and everyone goes around the circle ... read more
Peanut Butter!
Wii Bowling
Me and my Favorite Sheffieldians

Europe » France » Brittany September 19th 2006

So by now I've forgotten most of the first weekend; my mind has been filled to the brim with a whole new batch of stories and images. But I'll do my best to remember, and most likely keep it short (that's for you, Ivan). Locronan was yet another beautiful little town; its name means hermitage of Saint Ronan. The town may only have a few defining objects, but of said objects, they've got a ton . . . hydrangeas and fairies. Everywhere. In the local bookstore, about half of the books were dedicated to folklore; faeries, ogres, sprites, etc. (the other half was about lighthouses). Locronan has an amazing granite church; it's truly the center of the town; everything is built around it. For lunch, we dined on a local specialty- la galette complète. It's a ... read more
Even the French have trouble with English . . .
Le chocolatier of Locronan
One view of the harbor

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo September 15th 2006

Europe » France » Brittany September 14th 2006

I didn’t have easy access to the internet for the first few days of my trip, so forgive me if these first few passages are a bit long; I do have to cover seven days’ worth of events. First things first, the plane. It was a very quick ride (to me) and fairly enjoyable. To my delight, I had a window seat, and to my discontent, I had a wonderful view of the right wing. The view due east was spectacular, however, as the Chicago skyline was surrounded by clouds and fog at sunset, casting this pink and purple luminescence, plus the moon was already full and high, as it were only seven o’clock (we were a bit delayed due to some troublesome Canadians and their baggage). The whole scene was something out of The Neverending ... read more
Morning in Brest
A view from the ferry
La Baie de Lampaul

Europe » France » Brittany » Côtes-d'Armor » Trégastel September 13th 2006

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