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Inglorious Fruits and Veggies

The other day as I was wandering around the interwebs, I found this interesting new craze coming from France known as the “inglorious fruits.” A program dedicated to finding a way to keep people from throwing away fruits that are still good, but not quite as pretty. This is ingenious! Take a look at the video and let me know if you think this would work in America, what you would want to change and more ! Thanks to TwentyTwoWords.com for helping me find the original video!

 

Paris: a place I only dreamed of… part one

In light of Friday’s post I decided to give an insight to the trip that changed my perspective on many things back in 2011. My trip to Paris, France with my adored French teacher. As a junior in high school, I was presented with the opportunity to travel to France the upcoming summer. I put all the money I earned that year towards flying abroad and learning about the culture. My friends and I even named the trip : Paris 2011, the land of Bread and Potatoes, because of the amount of potatoes and bread we consumed on our 14 day trip. I even went as far as to take a journal that my boyfriend of the time had given to me for my birthday.

I remember on the plane right there I watched Glee! (which I promptly turned off after a few seconds) and No Strings Attached, which I have no memory of watching then. I must not have paid very much attention to it, because I was too excited to land in Germany. We had a connecting flight from Germany to Paris. I remember my impression of the plane food initially was “this isn’t too bad!”, and enjoyed my small tray of chicken and rice. I wrote of being able to “see the moon!” from my window seat next to my friend Rachel. We landed in Germany at 2:10 AM Michigan time and I remember being so excited! I also tried kiwi and pineapple for the first time on the plane, which for anyone who knows me… is a huge thing! Image We landed in Germany and promptly took advantage of the photo opp! I felt adrenaline at getting my first “stamp” in my passport. I also took advantage of the layover and brushed my teeth, taking note of the difference between American toilets and European toilets! They also had free coffee and hot chocolate machines in the airport! There was also my first opportunity to talk in French to a German couple, who were not impressed when I had to switch to English for a moment. The connector flight boarded on time and I sat next to a girl who had come from a trip to Africa to work with orphans and I decided I wanted to try that some day. I also had my first experience with sauerkraut, and did not enjoy it.

The ride to the hotel was amazing because I gained my first true glimpse of Paris, the Eiffel Tower and more!

Initial impressions: rainy, lots of graffiti where we drove, fast driving with many lanes and zooming little mopeds! Also: on buses in France, it is a law that you have to wear your seat belt!

Later that night to get to dinner, we had our first experience with the metro! There is an example of what it looks like below the ground and a metro sign! There are so many different types of signs there however, that this is one of many!

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We had our first dinner, and It was the best meal I have ever had ( well at least over seas!) We had bread (of course) and French Onion Soup, then a spinach quiche, which was so delicious. My first taste ever of quiche! Fries were also a side, which was very interesting. Such a stereotypical French meal, but oh so delicious! For dessert we had beignets (French donuts). On our way back from dinner we passed a few interesting characters. One man yelled ” tourist!” and muttered at us and then a couple of teenagers barked like dogs at us. I assume because we were American tourists.

I decided to blog this in parts because it was such a long trip, but I hope you enjoyed the first day in Paris through my eyes. look for post 2!

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Friday Favorites: places I wish to go to

Today for my weekly “Friday Favorites” segment, I thought I would change it up and do a wish-list or bucket list of places I love (in theory) and hope to have the chance to visit some day. As I am watching the 8th episode of season eleven for America’s Next Top Model, I am reminded of my longing to travel, as they determine which 6 out of 7 girls will be going on to another country. It seems like this year everyone is has gone out of the country this summer. My friend Meghan is TEACHING in Japan, how amazing is that? Another friend, Lauren, is acting in Ireland for a month and learning. Another friend went off to Canada to see a play (does that count?) I have a couple previous cast-mates that have been going to school in Scotland for various reasons. My beloved French teacher has once again decided to take a group of eager young students to France this upcoming June. Another friend of mine is going off to Germany and France with her family to visit a friend. Lastly it seems that the choir program at the university went to Europe as well to sing in cathedrals and tour the cities. What an amazing opportunity! I can’t seem to help but feel left out as I think of my own trip to Europe and how badly I want to go back. So, today I have compiled a list of places I plan on going to someday.

1. France: I wish so badly to go back. There probably isn’t a day that goes by where I do not think of my time in Paris and Giverny. When I go back, I hope to see everything I have already seen but maybe since I will be older, I will have a new found appreciation and to see things in a different light.

2. Amsterdam: I began dreaming of going here when I read The Fault in Our Stars  by John Green. If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it. I laughed, cried and smiled as I watched two lovers go through some pretty unique circumstances. The descriptions of Amsterdam and seeing the Anne Frank house made me long to travel there and see the history and beauty of another place. The episode of ANTM that is on my tv has the girls traveling to Amsterdam and I long to be there. For now I will settle on watching it on my tv.

3. Ireland/England: I put these in one spot because when I visit one, I plan on visiting the other. They both have so much history behind them and beautiful countryside. I keep envisioning all the places in the books I’ve read and would love to put a picture/image with the settings of each book! Maybe it will help me with my writing!

4. Germany/Belgium/Italy/Spain: These are all places I wish to go to, but do not have any prior knowledge of them at all, so I haven’t much to say.

5. Africa: I would love to go to Africa and do some form of work with orphans or children. It would be amazing to make a difference in the lives of children and to experience the language barrier. I won’t lie, an African Safari sounds amazing.