Her blog is a wonderful combination of beautiful photographs, delicious recipes, and hilarious stories about her life in Aix-en-Provence. You should definitely check her out!
Here are the rules for being stylish:
1. Link back to the awesome person who gave you the award (check - Thanks again Leslie!)
2. Tell everyone 7 things about yourself
3. Pass it on to
7 things you don’t know about me:
1. When I was 15 my parents sent me to a 3-week summer school program at the American University of Paris. We would go to school in the mornings (I took photography and beginners French), and then would go on field trips out to the city in the afternoons. I fell in love with the city and knew I had to go back.
2. That trip was the first time I got drunk. The program put on a wine tasting, and pretty much all the kids got a little tipsy off of the wine. Only, I didn’t like the taste of wine! (Boy how times have changed) So I decided to add something to the wine that I did like: coca-cola. All of the adults thought this sounded disgusting. BUT! I have since learned, while I was in Barcelona last year, that the Spanish put red wine and coke together on purpose! Plus, it tastes pretty yummy. Clearly 15 year old me was just in the wrong country.
3. While studying abroad in Paris for a semester my junior year, I stayed with a host family. My host family turned out to be a nice old lady who didn’t speak any English. I didn’t really speak any French (aside from things like “bonjour” and “comment-allez vous?”). On the first day, she asked me a question in French. I stared at her blankly. Then she started miming to me, moving her arms, pointing at me, and pointing at various objects. I still had no idea what she was talking about. After about ten minutes, and some “vvvvmmmmmm” noises, I figured out she wanted my permission to vacuum my room! This is pretty much how we communicated the first couple of weeks.
4. All last year I felt as if I wasn’t truly taking advantage of my assistant’s job because I wasn’t traveling “enough.” I realized this was totally inaccurate as when filling out the customs form for the US, I ran out of space for “countries visited.” I also completely forgot to include Ireland on the list…
5. This is not because I didn’t like Ireland. I love Ireland. I saw Lady Gaga in Ireland last year. I also love Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga + Guinness Factory St. James’s Brewery = one of my favorite trips from last year!
Me at the Guinness Factory and Lady Gaga doing her thing!
6. Despite being from CA and only having lived in le Nord for 2 years, I have more jackets than FBF, who has lived here his whole life. I have 6. He has 2.
7. I must look like a giant stoner, as the only decorations on my walls are a free map of Amsterdam, and a free poster from Dampkring, a coffee shop in Amsterdam. I am not a stoner. I just have nothing else to decorate my walls with. Clearly I need to be traveling more this year if only to accumulate more decorations.
And now, drum roll please.... the 7 bloggers I'm giving this award to are:
American Girls Are... - a recently married expat living in Paris who makes hilarious little pictures.
Is There Such a thing as too much Cheese? - an Australian expat living in France who won me over with her post about a man who paints portraits with his penis.
jennaventures - she (or is it her cat?) basically makes me laugh every post.
Kaley...& Más - a Spanish expat who hopefully can attest to my claims in fact # 2.
Le Fabuleux Destin de Brenna - an English teaching assistant in Verdun, France who successfully made chocolate chip cookies in France (reinforcing French stereotypes of Americans while simultaneously making me look bad for disappointing my French friends).
Sara in le Petit Village - who has already won a bagillion of these, but I just can't get enough of her and her font size changing blog posts.
Traveling Amber - a fellow nordiste who isn't afraid to put all of her emotions out there! Plus the semi-regular pictures of her adorable new baby would make anyone smile.