June 2010

Today, Nice parties for France

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150 years ago, Nice chose France. Well, at least that’s what all the posters say–but really, the territory that has switched hands between Italy and France countless times in its history was ceded to France as a territorial reward for French assistance in the Second Italian War of Independence against Austria. Regardless of the shady […]

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So close yet so far away

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Thanks to the glorious technology of Skype, I talk to my parents now just about as often as I did when I lived two hours away. True, I can’t pick up my iPhone and call my mom when I’m waiting in traffic or photo text my dad when I see something funny. And yes, the […]

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You can close the beaches, but you can’t take our sunshine

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Another epic windstorm hit Nice last week–one of those days where you walk outside and literally feel like you might be blown away. I saw a flower pot blow off a fourth-story window in Old Nice and shatter just inches from people walking below. The wind gusts were strong enough to close down the beaches […]

June 13, 2010 Continue reading…

Challenge of the cornet: Nutella edition

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Birthday week meant I blew off most responsibilities, took uber-long naps and didn’t think twice about eating dessert first. Even though my birthday dessert was officially chocolat fondant (think brownie mix right before it goes in the oven–heavenly), I still found room to squeeze in some ice cream. My best choice was ending my birthday […]

June 11, 2010 Continue reading…

Being young is an issue of mind over matter

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My parents like to remind me of the time in high school that I threw a fit and told them that they ruined my lives. I admit that I was a bit overdramatic as a teenager, but always being the “baby” is harder than it seems. Today I turn 22. It’s the first time since […]

June 9, 2010 Continue reading…

I prefer my meat boneless, skinless, faceless

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I’ve been in a weird sort of forced-vegetarian state since I’ve arrived in France. Despite passing more than four butchers on my walk from home to work every day, I have only purchased one meat product: a rotisserie chicken. Why? I have no idea how to cook real meat. I’ve floated in and out of […]

June 6, 2010 Continue reading…

A bit “ehhh” about Eze

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It’s hard to keep up the “tourist” mentality when you’re working, writing, studying French, running errands and attempting to have a social life. In short, only having one morning to sleep in each week makes it hard to want to wake up early enough to do anything–before my shift at the bar starts at 5 […]

June 6, 2010 Continue reading…