Oh Oui-ly?

an ~américaine~ in paris

11 Nov

dancing around the apartment in my pjs like a crazy person. how many times can itunes handle me playing call me maybe before it explodes?? AHH! but actually…

I could not be anymore excited/thrilled/grateful right now, to say that I’m going to be the next president of the Alpha Pi chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta :))) I love this chapter more than anything and am so honored that they thought of me. eeee!!! 

05 Nov Oh boy oh boy, I went from having all the free time in the world to super busy bee! Eek seriously thank
God they don’t require 5,000word research papers at Tulane! (I’m a business student after all, not an English major).
Just though I would update that I’m safe, alive and back in Paris after a wonderful, exhausting and eye opening fall break of plane, train and bussing it through central Europe! Hopefully I’ll have time to update soon, (I currently have a bunch of half written posts saved that need to be finished!)
I’m also trying to work on my resume& internship applications for next summer in my free time so if anyone has any recommendations of companies to apply to I would greatly appreciate any advice :)

Oh boy oh boy, I went from having all the free time in the world to super busy bee! Eek seriously thank
God they don’t require 5,000word research papers at Tulane! (I’m a business student after all, not an English major).
Just though I would update that I’m safe, alive and back in Paris after a wonderful, exhausting and eye opening fall break of plane, train and bussing it through central Europe! Hopefully I’ll have time to update soon, (I currently have a bunch of half written posts saved that need to be finished!)
I’m also trying to work on my resume& internship applications for next summer in my free time so if anyone has any recommendations of companies to apply to I would greatly appreciate any advice :)

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23 Oct

spending my 20min study break updating my linked in!

click the link if you feel like connecting on another social media platform :)

~look at how 21st century we all are~  http://lnkd.in/Nv3D3a

19 Oct

I’m a terrible blogger!

I know, I know, I have SO much to update and I promise promise promise I will post every detail of my frenchie life this week after my big test, but in the mean time if anyone feels like reading this letter from my friend and Theta’s wonderful Philanthropy Chair it would be very much appreciated :) 

Dear family and friends of Kappa Alpha Theta, 

On October 21, 2012 the Alpha Phi chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at Tulane University will be hosting our very first GAGA for CASA. 

GaGa is an exciting, fast paced game of dodgeball. It is played in an octagonal pit with as many players as will fit. The object of the game is to get other players out by hitting them below the waist with the ball. The last person standing is the winner! We invite you to get involved with our GAGA tournament by being a participant or a donor. 

CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, is our sorority’s national philanthropy. KAΘ at Tulane supports CASA New Orleans, which trains diligent and committed citizens to advocate for abused and neglected children. The CASA volunteers work with children who are under the jurisdiction of the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court and act as the children’s voices in the court system. These volunteers are specially trained to know what is in a child’s best interest and how to get those interests met. As a result, children who have been assigned CASA volunteers spend less time in court and in foster care, have better chances of finding permanent homes, and are more likely to be reviewed on a regular basis by the court.

We know that it may not be possible for you and your family to attend the event, but we would appreciate all of the support you can give. You can give monetary donations of any amount in two ways: online at https://fundraising.active.com/event/gagaforcasa or by check written to CASA New Orleans. Checks can be mailed to 

GAGA for CASA

c/o Erin Weatherford, Philanthropy Director

928 Broadway Ave.

New Orleans, LA 70118

One of the foundations of Kappa Alpha Theta is to spread the widest influence for good. We sincerely appreciate all of your love and support in helping us make a difference. If you have any questions about donating or about the event GAGA for CASA, please do not hesitate to contact me, Erin Weatherford, at eweather@tulane.edu. You can also ask your lovely Theta daughter what’s going on with the event, as she’ll have answers for you as well!

Loyally, 

Erin Weatherford 

Kappa Alpha Theta, Alpha Phi

Service and Philanthropy Director 

12 Oct french vocab :)

french vocab :)

10 Oct aww http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/nyregion/orphaned-baby-walrus-to-arrive-at-new-york-aquarium.html?_r=2&
I better be careful with all this French food or they’ll be sending me home in a jumbo-sized crate aboard a FedEx cargo jet!

aww http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/nyregion/orphaned-baby-walrus-to-arrive-at-new-york-aquarium.html?_r=2&

I better be careful with all this French food or they’ll be sending me home in a jumbo-sized crate aboard a FedEx cargo jet!


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09 Oct

Oktoberfest day 1!

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09 Oct
Oh my Oktoberfest
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…
Ok so maybe that’s a little bit dramatic! On September 27th Hllary and I were up and at  ’em at 330am to catch a flight to Munich for the one, the only OKTOBERFEST. We were freakishly excited, after all, we figured it was the fall version of Mardi Gras and there’s nothing two girls in new Orleans love more than mardi gras. 
After a quick hour flight we began the trek through the German pubic transportation system to try and find our lodging for the weekend. You might already know this, but German is nothing like English. You would be better off trying to sing in chinnese & greek than reading a German subway map…we were totally lost and to my surprise, my phone wouldn’t work in Germany…yikes.
After a while we arrived at our hotel, hostel, CAMPGROUND.  Yes, you read that right, we were camping. Let me say that again, CAMPING.  It turns out that booking Oktoberfest in August is too late to find a real shelter, so we opted for a service called Stoke Travel. Basically, Stoke is a group of Australians who run around Europe showing students abroad a good time. Our package included 3 nights in tents, a sleeping bag (no pillow), breakfast, transportation to/from the Oktoberfestival grounds and all you can drink beer & sangria back at the tents. Had we not been camping, this would probably be a blog post raving about a Stoke, but it was cold and rainy, so I was a oui bit cranky :/ And by a bit I mean, being completely melodramatic and whiney about the fact that I had never felt cold like that and if 
(All in all though, Stoke is awesome service that was helpful, nice and fun from booking to goodbyes…if you can stand the whole camping thing, I would highly recommend them!)
The actual Oktobefest was INCREDIBLE though. It consists of vendors selling food & novelties, amusement park rides and “beer tents” (theyre more like massive decorated warehouses filled with huge wooden picnic/cafeteria tables). Every woman and man rocked the traditional German drindles and leederhosen, and tourists came from all over the globe. 
On Friday we got there a little too late to make it into a tent, but on Saturday I shook Abby and Taylor up at 6am and we headed out to the grounds. I even wore a drindle! We waited online at a random tent, raced in when they opened the doors and snagged a table! Eventually Will from Tulane joined us, and then we invited a few college-looking guys to sit with us. I had been hoping to meet up with a bunch of friends from Rye and Tulane, but with no phone and the sheer magnitude of the festival, there was no hope of that happening. We had such an amazing time though: we made german friends, ate traditional german food, danced on the benches to a live band, shouted “Proust!” more times than I could count, and drank liters and liters of beer!
On Sunday, most of the crowd disappeared, but Hillary and I woke up around 8am, headed to the grounds and met up with Tom & Will from Tulane in the “American tent.” Again, we had an amazing time that not even the cold rainy camping could ruin!
For anyone willing to make the trek to Munich, I would say that Oktoberfest is truly a once in life experience that everyone should take part it :) It is something I will never forget! 
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27 Sep

Etudiant du Monde

(I might have mentioned this before) but, at Sciences Po it’s assumed that every student is well informed —like read an international newspaper every day before class well informed (dont try to glance at the headlines either, they know). And it’s not only the professors that think this way, in the halls, in class, out to lunch’ everywhere the students are talking about a lot more than what happened last night or who’s wearing what.

As an American student a professor will sometimes turn to me with a question about the election, I usually answer with whatever most recent fact I can remember learning and then spruce it up with a little charm and opinion “because of this, Americans tend to think…” Here I am thinking, I’m the American kid, even if I don’t get it perfect no one will correct me. Nope, not the case. Before I can even finish, five international hands are in the air waiting to be called on. “Actually, when Mitt Romney said this to Barack Obama, it was reminiscent of a precedent started in the 1960 election, by blah blah for blah blah reason…” Oh yeaah exactly what I was thinking too, where are you from, oh Bolivia, grrrreat.

After being the victim of and watching others in situations like these, I decided to become a student of the world, étudiant du monde. I’ve been making a conscious effort to be better informed about international & domestic happenings. Thank youu new York times & guardian apps.

Yesterday, I got to show off my new knowledge in Places of Power. (places of power is an 8am class on, you guessed it, power in various world places, taught by a really great/accomplished teacher with not such great English skills.) Somewhere in my teachers lecture, he mentioned French Pesident Hollande, who I just just read an article on. Game time. I raised my hand only to realize that 1. He hadn’t asked a question 2. I was blatantly interrupting his lecture. Crap, too late.
Yes?
Well, I was just wondering, Hollande has done some pretty progressive things, appointing his ministers so that there’s an equal distribution of men & women, and more recently suggesting huge pay cuts to kick start the economy, does the French community tend to support him in this, or do they think he’s biting off more than he can chew?
Great question, you see…

Ohh yeaaaah. Sarkozy used to be my favorite french politician (well, he was the only one I knew of and he walked past us in a museum on our last France trip, so that was cool), but now holla for Hollande. Cool campaign slogan right? Lol. (disclaimer: still working on the whole ~being informed thing~ so if Hollande has done/said anything terrible, I’m not for it)

Alright well, off to read a newspaper! Have a good day :)

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26 Sep

scrambling (duck& goose eggs?)

So I’m scrambling to get all of my assignments done for next week, because bright and early Friday morning we leave for OKTOBERFEST!! woohoo! And well, the last thing I want to do is come home exhausted and with a boat load of work to do (or should I say a keg load?)

In the meantime, Sophie did a wonderful job of updating her blog with a post about Lyon so I thought I would share that!

http://lesphilosophies.blogspot.ch/2012/09/nyon-lyon.html

She got almost everything, expect for two gastronomic milestones:

1. Before Sophie arrived, I sat myself at a little restaurant to do some reading. The place was: Au Vilain Petit Canard (http://www.au-vilain-petit-canard.fr/). In France, a lot of the menus tend to be handwritten, so of course theyre impossible to read, but on the specials board I made out the word “burger” and thought that would be my safest option. WRONG. Well, actually none of the options were safe, turns out (if I spoke French this wouldn’t have happened…) Vilain Petit Canard means “the ugly duckling” and this restaurant only serves duck. Thanks Mr. Waiter for telling me that as I paid the bill. Actually, it was probably better, because if he told me mid-meal, I would have gone quackers.

2. When George set that foie gras in front of the Barcelona couple at the wine bar, I thought: never gonna happen, no way, nu-un, not me. Plus I figured, foie gras is crazy expensive, it’s one thing to share the bread & ham with us, no way will they pony up ~le liver.~ Well, guess what, I was wrong again BUT they offered it to Sophie while I was going oui oui. I got back to the table and thought, “score! I’m liver free.” Nope, Sophie looked over and made me a portion, I swore death was upon me. Turns out, foie gras is actually really good! I couldn’t believe my taste buds! Not that I can ever see myself ordering it, but if a friendly european couple ever offers it up again, my feathers wont get ruffled.