All posts tagged: gastronomie

Birthday Weekend!

Moving right along to last weekend!!! Saturday was the birthday of one of my good friends in the program: LANA!!! We planned a day of picnic-ing (or as the French say: faire un pique-nique) in the park that happens to be just behind the apartment Steph and I live in: Parc André Citroën. Yep, like the car. Evidently, this park was built on the former site of a car factory. We wanted to go because during dinner one night, our host family told us that there’s a giant hot air balloon that you go up in! Obviously that needed to happen. So, a group met Steph and I outside our apartment and we left in search of lunch and the park! Along the way, we discovered a bunch of small grocery stores, shops, boulangeries within a 4 minute walk…aka things we should probably know exist so close to us. The park is really funky and modern–sort of like a post-modern version of the traditional French Le Nôtre style garden. There seemed to be a TON …

Il n’y a pas d’oeufs dans la tarte!

My roommate Steph is allergic to EGGS. Which makes eating baked goods really difficult. She’s also allergic to chicken and turkey, so let’s just say that making dinners for both of us must be really tough. She also really sucks at opening wine bottles….Way to go Steph for ruining everything……… Luckily, we have an incredible host sister (? is that even a thing?) who made this apple tarte WITHOUT EGGS!!!! (In reality though, Steph is really cool and I’m so glad she’s my roommate. We are both really lucky to have each other and our amazing host family!!!)

School?!

Well okay here we go…I finally have found some time to write a new blog post!! I’ll probably end up splitting it up into a couple; there’s just so much to cover! I think I left off with orientation week, so I’ll pick right up with our first week of classes…Hang in there people, it’s gonna be a long ride.

Week 1 Round Up!

I haven’t had a lot of time to blog this week, but I want to be as thorough as possible…I’ll do my best to cover everything I can in this round-up of week 1!! Wednesday: Arrival, see previous posts Thursday: This was our first day of orientation!!! We met in the BU Center and listened to a bunch of boring powerpoint presentations about safety and school policies etc…then we were given sandwiches and tickets to the Bateaux Mouche boats that cruise down the Seine. I can see how this tour might be worthwhile if you’re really gung-ho about it, but for a group of 39 college students who just met each other and were seated in the middle of the boat far away from all the windows…it was a little bit of a bust. The most exciting part was the tour guide who gave every instruction and introduction in 5 languages. It was really cool to see some of the many many bridges crossing the Seine, and of course to see sites like the Notre …