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Quinton and Claude being goofy...

Bonjour tout le monde,

So yesteday was the big Spain v. France football game (real football!!), and I must say, it's much more exciting to be here during the world cup than in the states parce que (because) everyone here actually cares deeply about the outcome of the games! Waking up on a game day here is not unlike waking up to game day in Athens...so fun!

Claire, a friend from the UGA program, and I decided to go to a bar/cafe where many international students gather to watch the game. It was a blast! We met a Swiss guy named Wally, (actually from Lucerne, which was exciting because that's where Jordan and I are going in August), a Canadien guy whose name I don't remember, and two British guys named Chris and Simon. haha, again there was some mixed communication between french, german, and english, which sometimes resulted in some funny made-up new words like "snorboarding" (snowboarding with a german accent)! And of course, France won 3-1, so there was celebrating long into the night in la Place de la Comedie.

This is the toliet...basically a whole in the ground that you stand over...the GIRLS toliet, mind you. HA! Right...
Surprisingly, I fell asleep in about 2 minutes once back home, even with all the noise - that just goes to show you how tired I was, because I'm such a light sleeper!

Oh, two other quick funny stories, both involving food -

My host mother finds it appalling that the combination of peanut butter and jelly is actually good. I pack it frequently for lunch, and even though I assure her that it tastes delicious and is actually a standard thing to eat for lunch in America, she insisted that meat and cheese on bread would be better. So this week I bought some sliced chicked and cheese; I think it made her feel better.

Second, be forewarned that if you ever come to France, don't eat the skin of potatoes. We had some small, round potatoes (almost like new potatoes except not red in color) with dinner the other night.

Les Arenes in Arles
Mme Dumond served everyone, then I proceeded to start cutting up my potatoes and putting some butter on them. Normal, right? No. Mme Dumond asks me what I'm doing, and I state the obvious (though not sarcastically, I promise!) that I'm eating the potatoes. Then I look over and M. Dumond is cutting the skin off his potatoes with his knife. Mme Dumond explained that you never know where a potato has been and that you never know if there were chemicals in the soil or anything, so you don't eat the skin. I was like, oh, ok, no big deal, we have the same thing in the states, my mom just washes the potatoes first. Mme replied that she scrubs the potatoes, too, but you just never know. Right. I've been eating potato skins for a long time and I haven't died yet, but when in Rome, do as the Romans do, right? The potato skins came off.
encore les arenes

In other news, we went to Arles today - group excursion - and had a good time exploring the city. We saw another old Roman arena, some Roman baths, the cafe that Van Gogh (pronounced "van gougg" here in France) painted so much when here lived there for 15 months (1888ish I think), a Roman ampithèatre...pictures to be posted whenever I figure out how to get them on the computer here in our lovely ghetto computer lab (not being biased - it really is ghetto, I promise!!)

AND Friday, a bunch of us are going to Barcelona for the weekend. We leave Friday about noon and get back Sunday late afternoon - I'm excited to be going to Espagne!!! Except non of us speak spanish, since we all speak french...oh well!

travelman727 says:
I love Provence in the summer time! I was there on Bastille Day last year.
Posted on: Jul 17, 2006
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Quinton and Claude being goofy...
Quinton and Claude being goofy...
This is the toliet...basically a w…
This is the toliet...basically a …
Les Arenes in Arles
Les Arenes in Arles
encore les arenes
encore les arenes
The cafe that Van Gogh immortalize…
The cafe that Van Gogh immortaliz…
another view of the Van Gogh cafe
another view of the Van Gogh cafe
Arles
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