- Galettes = crepes with fillings like bacon, mushrooms and cream, or ham, mushrooms and cream.
- The aforementioned galettes were my delicious dinner two nights in a row
- Then I followed that up with crepes filled with honey and lemon
- The French meal plan: Breakfast (brioche, pain sucree, toast, whatever, all covered with nutella) around 8-9 am. Lunch, anything you want that is not a sandwhich, anytime from 1-3 pm (everything closes for lunch, too!). Dinner, anywhere from 8-11 pm (a dinner party last night: 3 courses, spanning 3 hours, and dessert was served at 11:30!)
- Wine for $1. Better wine than you find for $10 in Canada.
- Listened to a saxophone busker play sweet sweet jazz on the bridge by Notre Dame
- Climbed up Notre Dame
- Climbed down Notre Dame
- Watched the Eiffel Tower attempt to induce seizures on passers-by (it does some insane flickering light show every hour after dark)
- Ate Chinese food (cheapest thing in the Latin Quarter besides Greek food)
- Heard "House of the Rising Sun" sung very badly by another busker
- Was accosted by multiple street entertainers/entrepreneurs in one of the seedier Parisian areas
- Took pictures of gargoyles
- Loitered in a park, while listening to cool jazz and eating a croissant
- Enjoyed the sunlight and +15 C temperatures
The metro here is pretty nice, too. Canada should look into copying it.
Yesterday we walked through some of the ritziest parts of Paris while trying to find a currency exchange building. We also passed through a shopping mall that was built underneath a 400 year old stained glass dome. Today, we're going to the Rodin Museum, and we're picking up some (lots) of bread and cheese so we can picnic in the garden.
PS. in Paris, everyone is fashionable. Even the babies. Especially the babies.
PPS. French keyboards are insaaaaaaaaaaaaaaane!
Edit: And now it says we're boarding. Aaaaaaaah.
By the way, XColX and emalkay are super fellows!
Well, I'm leaving for England tomorrow evening. I'll probably be out of touch until I get back on the 24th, but you never know. For those interested in keeping MZX Radio alive, here's the bot you'll need. It's not hard to figure out, look at bot_start.sh. Source is included if you feel masochistic. I'll be busy taking pictures of dreaming Oxford spires and meeting up with emalkay and XColX to care!
In unrelated news, my mum and I are planning to travel to England during March break and an extra week before and after. If all goes well, I shall hopefully be meeting up with emalkay, XColX and ShloobeR. I will also be retracing my steps of 1998/1999 around Oxford, Kennilworth, Hay-on-Wye and Cambridge. This should be a lot of fun!
I had lunch with Miriam at the City Cafe Bakery yesterday, and the pizza was as good as I expected. I've never had a chance to have one of their crazy pizza lunches before, so I ordered the chicken, pesto and roasted pepper which was mad tasty. Miriam spent September to November of last year travelling around Europe with her family (Europe, Italy, France, the usual), and went to France again during the summer. She's the first person my age that I've come across who can relate to my year away in Australia. Whenever either of us mentions "When I was diving in Fiji" or "Ripe Egyptian mangoes are soooo juicy," we aren't name-dropping. It's just us relating a story, but it sounds like we're lording it over everyone else. It was a fun conversation, because we were actually interested in each others' stories.
In other news, I sent off postcards for rossman231, eljhika, exophase and uh... someone else :< gamurgurl? I forget. Anyways, they all went out last Sunday and I know that at least exophase received his, and liked it. Two for two so far!
I'll have a follow-up post to this sometime later today/this week (when I have an internet connection back in Kitchener, we're waiting for an eBay auction to finish so we can buy a modem and then sign up for the high-speed service which will take time to be installed and blah blah blah). The subject of the post will be impressions of Canada/USA after a year being a stranger in a strange land. Or something. I know you can hardly wait.
The best part is that I spent the majority of my time in Fiji either:
- Reading (Mexico Set and London Match by Len Deighton (A++++ would read again))
- Snorkelling/Diving (A+++++ would dive again)
- Coding (I was extremely productive on a variety of different projects!)
All in all it was a great success, especially as I sat in the open-air bar, 10 metres from the beach, with the laptop on the table, playing around in CodeBlocks. I love my life.
Also I'm really proud of my mzxdj bot which idles in #mzxradio nearly 24/7, despite the fact that nobody except me ever seems to use the actual radio :(
EDIT: I fixed the script up so CTR+K now works in IE and Firefox. If anyone else tells me that the script is broken I will scream. It. is. not. broken. AWEOPFJAEWOFJ
I did achieve my dream, though. I got 3rd place on Raiden Fighters at the airport, the initials JDM are engraved into the highscore list in Darwin airport. I discovered that a machine was on free play for some reason, so I died as much as I wanted and still won!
I also just saw an ad for the Russian ballet something or other, they're putting on a performance of Romeo & Juliet with "incredibly sensual nude scenes."
I'm still buzzing for some reason, trying to catch up on everything that I've missed in 2 weeks before I go to sleep.
I'm meeting up with madtom on August 13, anyone else want to come along?
Buzz buzz buzz, I wonder why he does.
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