Friday, April 28, 2006
My friends, Amanda and Heather, are meeting me in London on the 8th. From there, we will go to Amsterdam and then to Paris. I am really excited! We are going to have so much fun!
I think everything should be back to normal on the 18th of May. I will post pictures from Italy, England and Amsterdam then.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Monday, April 10, 2006
Please forgive the many pictures in this entry, but I am trying to get CNN to notice my talent.
As everyone knows, I live in the ghetto and occasionally cars and building get set on fire. Today was a super exciting day because both happened!
What amazed me most about all of this was the complete incompetence of all emergency personnel. Sasha and I saw the burning car, observed the fire fighters standing around scratching their heads, ran back to the dorms, got my camera and returned to the scene before anyone attempted to do anything! As a matter of fact, the fire fighters who were at the scene originally were gone. (I feel so safe now.)
I do not have the talent to convey the utter hilarity that unfolded as we watched the French try to put this fire out. First, they couldn't hook up the hose because they couldn't find a hydrant. Finding one took about 20 minutes, then when they turned the water on, it wasn't properly connected, so water went everywhere. That took another 20 minutes.
After they figured out how to use the hose, they focused on the car. Let me repeat. Instead of trying to get the fire in the building under control, the hosed the car down. Now, WHY? WHY? Oh god, France, why? The car is a lost cause; put the burning building on the top of your priority list, please.
We sat and watched all of it for nearly an hour, long enough to observe the police standing about a mile away from all of the action while all of the kids played in the rubble. When we were leaving, we noticed the car was still on fire.......
Friday, April 07, 2006
I swear I don't have a weird thing for public bathrooms. Well, maybe I do. I often think of them and the germs. I also think it is strange the types of conversations overheard in public bathrooms.
Weirdness abounds in these places. For instance, I have never understood why girls would willingly go to the bathroom unless utilizing the facilities...and I AM a girl.
Also, I am often alarmed at the amount of comfort some people display in public restrooms. You know, those aren't magic doors. If you can still see feet, floor and 2 feet of wall, the outside world isn't shielded. As a matter of fact, whatever is going on in the stall is magnified, thanks to bathroom engineering.
But I digress. I know I have already written about a toilet once, but this one really wanted me to take a picture of it. Look at how tiny it is! If you can say "cute" and "toilet" in the same sentence, let it be applied to this picture.
A big thanks to Sasha's feet.
I guess I should also say for the record I have taken pictures of toilets in Germany and Mexico. Now that I have come to terms with the sickness, I will probably embrace it. Be on the look out for future pictures of Italian toilets.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
I am going to Milan, Pisa, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples. By myself. I am going to be so cultured and fat when I get back to France. Then, I am off to London and possibly Scotland or Ireland (haven't decided yet). Heather and Amanda get here on the 7th of May and then it is London again, Amsterdam, Paris. Look at me; I am a world traveller. Who would have ever thought? A country girl from Arkansas globe trotting. Scary, huh?
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
for L.A. It is spelled phonetically in French.
About 45% of the time, I love the Metro system in Paris. I HATE the public part, but it is quite easy to navigate and very convenient. However, it is very dirty and there are many, MANY crazies who find it interesting to wander around the tubes all day.
Sometimes really gross things will be on display for all to see. For instance, the other day a homeless man who had urinated on himself several times, passed out on the train. He smelled so bad that most of the people had to get off the car he was in, including yours truly.
Most of the time, not including the apex of rush hours, riding the metro is tolerable. Not enjoyable, but not abhorrent; convenient, if a little bothersome.
There are even shops in the stations. You can buy papers, clothes, food, wine, and flowers. Occasionally, when I am in a hurry for a party, I just transfer at Nation so I can buy a bottle of wine to take to dinner.
However some days, it is down right fasinating. There are tons of musicians who showcase their talent in the underground. One of my favorites is a 5 man group who sings Irish (I think) music. There is also a very long haired Asian man who plays the violen fantastically.
Sunday, there was a string group. Beautiful! Amazing! They were playing classical music in the mist of rushing commuters. I think I might be a little jealous. There was even a lady pushing the band/group's c.d. Consumerism at its finest.
So while the Metro is disgusting and revolting most of the time and more often than not, just a means to an end, sometimes it can be really astonishing.
Talented string musicians in the
Metro on a Sunday afternoon.
Monday, April 03, 2006
This weekend was BEAUTIFUL! I think it rained both days, but only for a few hours in the morning. I spent Saturday in Vincennes, which is southeast of the city limits of Paris, just walking around taking pictures. Sunday, Sasha and I went back to Vincennes and then to the Marais. The Marais is fantastic on Sundays. It is the gay area of Paris (there are two Madonna shops), but on Sunday all of the Orthodox Jews are out. It is such an odd mix of people. The highly fashionable and men with long beards and cool hats. Only in Paris could such a mixture work.