26/07/2012

We graduated today!! But we still have class tomorrow, which is weird. I guess that’s how they do shit here?

My diploma

During graduation, we obviously had to do the cheek kisses (or for those of you that are cultures: faire la bise, bisous or bisou) with our professors, which is something that I personally always stress out about. Which way do you go first? What if they go the same way as you? What if you unintentionally make out with the person on the other end of the kiss?

Thank God I had Chelsea to answer that question for me.

Chelsea had a very interesting experience during this. Not only did Connell and I go before her so she could watch which way was acceptable to lean first, but many other members of our class did as well. But for some reason, Seb flustered her and she almost made out with him. I’m pretty sure someone, somewhere has it on video. That could probably make a baller YouTube video.

For those of you still confused about this gesture, click here.

Au revoir (for now)

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Lyon: Faire la bise

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Lyon: Camieu

25/07/2012

Well, I went shopping again. (Click here for the online store!) But in my defense, I got the most adorable four dresses for only 45€. I really love the sales (soldes) here. I just want to come back every January and July with an empty suitcase and fill it up with pretty things. Is that weird?

Here are the dresses I got:

  1. Strapless floral dress: This one has a great waistline. It slims to just the right spot and then knows just where to get into that A-line skirt. Pair it with a teal cardigan.
  2. White shift dress: SUCH a classic. Add some rose gold accessories to this and you’ve got a winner. Plus a neutral and neon accessory and you’ll be the most talked about girl in the room.
  3. Lilly Pulitzer-esque floral dress: Once someone said to me that “it looked like Lilly” I had to buy it! Not only that, but it has an adorable cut out and a bow on the back!
  4. Red shift dress: This one looks so cute in a nautical theme. Add in a navy and white striped cardigan, a gold belt, the Lilly Pulitzer shell yeah necklace and these Sperry wedge sandals.

I also got a pink one identical to the red and white shift dresses because I’m obsessive.

Then we went to go see The Dark Knight Rises. IT WAS AMAZING. Seriously go see it. First of all, in French movie theatres, they take their concession stands seriously. They had not only salted popcorn, they also had kettle corn. And they do ice cream there too. I’m so into that.

Me at the theatre

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24/7/2012

Tonight we decided that we would finally go to the bar that is named after our home city: Boston Bar. After Remy and Bitte told us that it was their favorite, we had to give it a try.

It did not live up to expectations. We did get lots of French fries (wait, they don’t call them French fries here. They’re just frites) and margaritas and eventually, shots and drinks.

We were all just standing around when a French boy came up to me and started talking. I told him to bring his two friends over too, but for some reason no one in my group wanted to talk to them. I was basically sucked in. The boy asked me for my email address since Facebook is too “mainstream” for him.

Wait, what?

Au revoir (for now)

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Lyon: Boston Bar

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Lyon: One Euro Beers

23/7/2012

Today during the day was incredibly typical (class, lunch, etc.) but the evening on the day of one euro beer night is what I really want to talk about. 

We went to Cosmopolitan Bar on our last Monday in Lyon. It’s kind of funny that they have the awesome booze deal on a Monday, right? It was ridiculous. We walked in to a completely jam-packed bar and I immediately got a drink. Then we all found a place to stand and I got two drinks. Basically, I had three cups of beer in a 10 minute span. Good idea? I think not. 

This picture sums up the night well…

As hilarious as that was, what ensued was even more out of control. The guy on our trip that no one expected to get any managed to start making out with a girl, follow her to the smoking room and continue to suck face with her for about 20 minutes, and this started only 20 minutes after arriving.

Then the girl we least expected to hook up, or even drink, on this trip immediately asked for a beer (which I happily delivered) and a man to dance with (which I also happily delivered). Why am I so good?She and one of the guys she danced with ended up exchanging phone numbers and going on several dates, eventually leading to a potential relationship.

Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a match…

Au revoir (for now)

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Lyon: Snappy the Watch

22/7/2012

Ahhh Sundays. You know what that means. The farmer’s market again. I bought another beautiful and adorable watch. Chelsea bought another four. She now has a whole family of Snappy’s.

Family of Snappy’s

To make matters even worse, she made the original Snappy a Facebook and Twitter. If that wasn’t enough, she took pictures of her Snappy’s in various positions and in various situations. The obsession may have gone a little too far.

The view from Snappy’s apartment

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21/7/2012

We went to Geneva, Switzerland today. We took a train at 8:30 a.m. and were in Geneva by 10:30 a.m. Such a quick nap to such a wonderful destination!

Once we got there we had to exchange our euros for Swiss Franks. OK, I’m not going to lie, that was pretty effing annoying. The Frank is apparently comparable to the American dollar, except everything in Switzerland was overpriced! Sorry, no, I am not paying $8 for a cupcake. I’ll give you a real life example: Leighann wanted a Swatch and it costs 90 Franks in Geneva but then she ended up getting it for 67€. I’d say she got a decent deal – even with the exchange rate.

Which reminds me…I owe Chelsea $9. I’ll just buy her a pitcher at Conor’s when we both get back to Boston.

Anyway, after finally figuring out our money situation, we decided to check out the United Nations. The people at the visitor’s center told us not to walk there, so naturally we did. It was a pretty far walk, but not altogether unpleasant. We walked along the lake and got a feel for the city. Then we arrived.

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Flags of all the countries lined the entrance. We got in, paid our money and went on our tour. It was so phenomenal to stand in the rooms that the leaders of our world discuss treaties and war in. Just imagine being that powerful.

In one room, there were two separate entrance doors. At first, no one really understood this. But the reason for it is that when two countries are at war and must discuss conflict resolution, they enter and exit at the same time (rather that one entering before the other) so that neither person (or country) shows dominance.

Then we went for the most amazing fondue. We shared a huge pot of bacon flavored cheese fondue with ham (they think that bacon = ham here) chunks in it. It was really delicious but I don’t think I want to look at cheese for a while again.

bacon fondue

After that we did some shopping and exploring and then, after blinking an eye, our day in Geneva was over. Such a beautiful city.

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Lyon: Lumiere

20/7/2012

Finally it’s Friday! Class pretty much dragged by. But this afternoon we went to the Musee des Lumieres. It was a cinema museum built out of a home that the Lumiere family lived in. The house itself was beautiful enough to marvel at, but we also got to see things such as the first TV, the first movie projector and where the first film ever was filmed.

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Can I just say that our tour guide was actually super adorable. He was so unsure if he could do the tour in English. So he was talking to us in French. But then he started talking to us in PERFECT English. I shit you not. Why is everyone but Americans bi- or tri-linguial?

I wonder if the character from Beauty and the Beast was named after them…

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