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Published: October 25th 2005
My my my, what a week this has been. I have been on many adventures and have had some major changes to my agenda! Here goes.
Having my guest, dearest Amelia, for the weekend was wonderful! She arrived into my metro station at 12 on Thursday night and the fun began. It was a bit of a squeeze because a friend of hers needed a place to stay so my hard wood floor was the best option for her, bummer! Friday classes ran over so I met them at the Musée d’Orsay and then we ate too much lunch and then bided our time until the Louvre was free for students and went and enjoyed the museum for a few hours. Then came a yummy dinner in my area. Saturday we jumped up to go to the Musée Pompidou (the one with the cool terrace and modern art), which was great because they had a Dada exhibit there that was very interesting. It had over a thousand pieces so we were a bit overwhelmed but it was very enjoyable and legible. We actually ran into a friend from high school there, which added to the spontaneity of the movement! Then
Ok, so the mugs of hot chocolate were more like bowls....
off for some Thai food and more exploring. That night we went to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle and then out to a few bars in a new area of town. Sunday was HUGE mugs of hot chocolate with Winnie. From breakfast we walked up to Sacre Coeur and listened to a harpist with a view of Paris in the background. It was rather splendid. Amelia left me in the afternoon on Sunday and then there was a scramble to get some sleep and some reading done in the few hours left! It was wonderful to get to have someone from Colorado to be with and share my experience with. Now she has some context for my stories and such.
Monday I had a wonderful class and then a meeting with my director of the program to discuss courses. Evidently just because CU is fine with me taking four courses he is not. So, off to the Sorbonne with me! I will be taking some course once a week if some random professor is willing to let a kid who has missed three weeks join their course! I’ll keep you all posted on how this all unfolds.
Our concert with a view
for the adventure I promised you all! Winnie and I have been on a mission to make pumpkin bread for about a month now. We have hiked all about Paris hunting for such gems as baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract, and then the mother of it all canned pumpkin. We spent a fruitless day last week and finally settled on zucchini bread, but even then we were short a few ingredients. So today we knew we had pretty low odds of success. Finally we went to the right store and found canned pumpkin! I actually yelped and alarmed a few curious French people around me, oops!
I had bought a bread pan a few weeks ago in anticipation of our successfully finding ingredients and so into the kitchen we went! We doubled the recipe to make sure there was enough for each of us, which was fine but I don’t have a bowl big enough to mix such a quantity of stuff! So now we used pots and pans and finally got the job done. Now for the “oven.” Chantal has this thing, which is part oven, grill, microwave and is far too complex for my mind, which
from Sacre Coeur
is used to degrees and time. So we decided to wait for Chantal to get home in order to not have another problem with our pumpkin bread. She got home and into the “oven” it went. I told her the recipe said 325 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour and a half and she just popped it in and ten minutes later said, “I think it is done!” Winnie and I looked at each other with shock! It was burning on the top but not cooked underneath so we made some adjustments and then a few minutes later took it out. When we turned the pan over we realized the entire bottom half of the bread was still batter. Opps. So it poured out onto the plate and Chantal, our voice of reason through all this says, “No problem, just put it back in like that.” And so we did. It is more like a volcano as Winnie said than bread but it was yummy nonetheless. The next one we used a bunt cake pan and less strength on the microwave and all was well. I guess it is reason enough not to miss things from home and to pick up
Chantal and Winnie
"bread" number one
French recipes instead of trying to impose mine on them! Regardless it was yummy and hit the spot.
Here are too many pictures with me in them! I do exist! I am happy and all in one piece. I have no additional piercings or tattoos. All is well, my kitchen still stands, Winnie and I are enjoying the taste of sweet success, and I am going to love my Sorbonne course (whatever it may be!)
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