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ADVENTURES IN FRANCIA (by which I mean, Madeline gets mildly inconvenienced and/or walks around different areas of this area of France, eating her way from boulangerie to boulangerie)

- On Monday I went into Paris for the afternoon and it was lovely! On the way back, though, it turned out that there was an 'accident passagere' at the station before mine, subtext being: you are so fucked, people trying to get out that way!. (Also, I combed the internet today, and no details on the accident! Fail, metro.) Anyway, a trip that would normally take me around twenty minutes wound up taking an hour and a half.

Best of all, while stuck in Choisy-le-Roi, being blasted by frigid breezes, I was standing near a mother and her preteen daughter who looked like a forty-five year old divorcee from New Jersey. They were going to some meeting at my school and knew now that they were either going to be late or miss it. So clearly the proper response was to curse, loudly and constantly. A NICE-LOOKING OLDER WOMAN AND HER CRAZY LOOKING DAUGHTER, CURSING UP A STORM and I'm timidly like, "Hey, if you're going to the lycee I found a bus route to get out there if the trains don't start running again" and it's like [BLAST OF CURSES] and I was like I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THIS REQUIRES SUCH FOUL LANGUAGE.

(I did eventually get home! Whew.)

- Realized that there are actually three delicious bakeries within walking distance from where I live. This is so not a good thing. I also still am in the mindset that 'coins aren't real money' which is a problem when one and two euro coins very much are real money.

- Found out that the castle was bombed during the second world war and there were pictures and it was SO COOL, so much history! I love it!

- Learned that banks in France really hate you withdrawing money. In this case, I had to withdraw 350 Euros to pay October and November's rent (yes, sadly the dream of not paying rent has ended. It was nice while it lasted.) One of my roommates told that there's a rule saying you can only withdraw 300 per day, so I dutifully do that, even though I'm mentally thinking IT'S MY MONEY, AND I NEED IT NOW. So, whatever, I take out 300 yesterday, and I thought I'd get the remaining 50 today, plus some more for this weekend.

Nope! Totally cashblocked at three ATMs in two different banks, both telling me I couldn't get anymore because I couldn't. And I checked my account when I got home, definitely have the money there. So IDK, man. I just hope I can get it out tomorrow or Friday.

- I keep losing lipbalms. For those of you who don't know me that well, I rarely lose anything so the fact that I lost one tin of rose salve, one tube of rose salve, and one tube of carmex is really beyond the pale. FRENCH BORROWERS WITH CHAPPED LIPS: BUY YOUR OWN.

- EXCITING THINGS COUNTDOWN:

This weekend: Trip to Strasbourg with bonus night in Germany!
A week from tomorrow: MELISSA COMES, MELISSA COMES, MELISSA COMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
December 19th: I GO HOME!!!! (And Melissa is on my flight to Miami!!!)
BIRTHDAY
CHRISTMAS

:D :D :D

Date: 2011-12-07 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizardbeth-j.livejournal.com
lol. the "coins are not real money"... yes. been there. In my year in the UK, I found that I spent the one pound coins like quarters,even though the exchange rate was about 2 dollars to the pound back then. I was so glad I was in Scotland because they print 1 pound notes instead of only the coins. So crazy American chica I am I would actually ASK to have paper money, since it felt like REAL MONEY, y'know.

Date: 2011-12-08 09:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunshine-queen.livejournal.com
I would love paper 1 euros but they totally don't do that here. DON'T THEY UNDERSTAND THAT COINS ARE NOT LEGIT?!

Date: 2011-12-07 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puszysty.livejournal.com
Viel Spass bei Deutschland. Strasbourg is really pretty too.

Date: 2011-12-08 09:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunshine-queen.livejournal.com
I will try! Our hostel is in Germany, so I don't know exactly how much time we'll spend there (since Strasbourg is like, ten minutes away) but I'm excited just at the idea of seeing another country. I've heard such lovely things about Strasbourg so I'm super excited!

Date: 2011-12-08 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puszysty.livejournal.com
Strasbourg is practically Germany anyway. :) I think the biggest difference is the food is more French. If I remember correctly, there are some pretty good chocolate shops in Strasbourg.

Google tells me they have a Christkindelmarkt in Strasbourg. Those are SO MUCH FUN, you need to go! Drink some Gl├╝hwein for me.

Date: 2011-12-08 05:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunshine-queen.livejournal.com
That is precisely why we're going! That and it sounded fun. I plan on drinking the vin chaud! :)

Date: 2011-12-08 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kerlin.livejournal.com
I remember that about the ATMs! I used to have to space my rent withdrawal out over several days and it always made me nervous having that much cash in my room. PITA. To be fair, American ATMs also have cash limits but you can work around them more easily.

Please have some flan at a delicious bakery for me. It is the one thing I can't seem to find anywhere over here.

Date: 2011-12-08 09:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunshine-queen.livejournal.com
Totally a pain! I'm still kind of freaked out that there's something TERRIBLY WRONG and somehow all my money is gone even though I know that's not the case. /spazz

You know, I've had flan here and it's totally not the same as flan at home! Creme caramel is flan to me- the flan they say is flan is something else entirely but I can't figure out *what.*

Date: 2011-12-09 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kerlin.livejournal.com
I have never been able to find French flan over here. The closest we have is a sort of custard pie but it's not at all the same thing. I wish I'd eaten more of it over there, though considering I had it every few days that's not a good wish.

Date: 2011-12-09 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunshine-queen.livejournal.com
Ha, that's how I feel about all the baked goods I consume here. EAT IT WHILE YOU CAAAAAN and I'm eating like, my third baguette of the week and I am like, whoa, simmer down.

Date: 2011-12-09 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vash26.livejournal.com
I also still am in the mindset that 'coins aren't real money' which is a problem when one and two euro coins very much are real money.

Lols - I can see this turning into a problem.

Date: 2011-12-12 11:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunshine-queen.livejournal.com
Ugh, it's totally a problem. Usually I'm lucky and it's the reverse, though- I'm like nooo I don't have any more bills and then I check my change compartment and it's got some 1 or 2 euro pieces and I'm like oh whew!

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