Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tour de France!!!

This one's for you Natasha!
This is not in order but this post was so important that I am not going in order!
Bastille Day in Chambery was the start of the 10th leg of the Tour de France.
Last night walking around town, there were so many people already and the parc (right next to my apartment was already taken over to set up for the bikers.
We met at 8:30 am to get over to the starting line, and we were right on the barrier (so the very front of the crowd). As soon as we got there the crowd started coming and we were smushed against the rail, very quickly. We stood there for four hours waiting for the race to start. I got a ton of free stuff, and then there was a parade of cars coming down, and then finally they started calling the names of the cyclists.
They lined up a little ways away from us and then after all of the names had been called they moved up to right in front of us, as in I literally accidentally touched a cyclist in the Tour de France. The funniest part of that scenario was that me and the two girls I was standing next to were so excited, we were singing and dancing to "Highway to Hell" which they were playing over the speakers, and the cyclists were looking over and laughing at us.
And then it was time for take-off, and they proceeded to pass by...And then I saw Lance! It was such a happy day in my life.
I don't know much about cycling but it was so exciting to be apart of it, and for it to come to where I live in France.

Yes that is Lance Armstrong!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The past week...

This past week I played Frisbee three times; every time with Mike Lui and Jeffrey, and with the addition of Jordan and Michael McMuffin some days. I haven’t gotten any better at it but I love to play! I did pick up the new skills of catching it one handed and throwing it side arm. It reminds me of playing with my dad and Makenzie when we were younger. When Jeffrey, Mike and I were playing on Monday in the park, a 12 year old boy played with us. He was a really sweet and he wasn’t half bad at the very American sport of Frisbee. After we played we met his parents and they were really nice too. We were supposed to play with him again but we never were at the park at the right time I guess.
On Wednesday, I went to a concert at the chateau with Danielle and it was really good. It had been so long since I had heard real music (like with an orchestra and band). It was a concert and a musical; the storyline involved a romance and magic, and that’s all I can really say because it was bizarre. It’s really cool because we’re here when it’s the anniversary of Savoie (the department of France) and Chambery is the capital of Savoie so a lot of cool stuff has been happening here (like concerts at the chateau).
Thursday, was the first time in a month I could eat sweets and my roomie woke me up with Pain au Chocolat, because she’s amazing! A bunch of us went out to get chocolate mousse and then ice cream. It was amazing!
After all of the dessert, we all went to the discothèque (pronounced disco-teck). I had never been to any sort of club in the states so I had no idea what to expect. It was all neon lights and smoke machines. It was a blast-apparently I love to dance. I just let loose and danced, and I didn’t feel creeped out by guys or the need to drink. I had a blast with my friends although it was the hardest thing in the world to go to class on Friday. But I did it!
Friday after school, I slept! at least for the most part. I also got to Skype with my sis Makenzie which was really nice.
Today, I went shopping with Dana! It was fun but not extremely successful. I bought two pairs of sandals (really cute and both under € 25). Also, I got some jewelry, but I was looking for some stuff and I didn’t find anything I liked. But no worries I have plenty of time to go shopping again :)
After shopping Dana and I made lunch and then headed for the pool. It seems that I sweat more in France than in the United States. We just relaxed in and out of the pool. More truth about France: Speedos and brief swimming trunks (they look like spandex shorts) for guys- mandatory and topless women-totally acceptable! Don’t worry I did not go topless.
And that has been my last week, or at least the interesting parts of it!

Friday, July 2, 2010

My Peeps

These are the people I have all of my adventures with!

There's Jeffrey of course! My travelling buddy also affectionately known as the one who drug (dragged) me to France.

This is Sam (to my left) and Chelsea (to my right). They were my saviors on the first night in Chambery, I knew where they lived and hung out with them.

This is the previously introduced Sam (on the left) and Michael- I call him Michael McMuffin because there are so many other Michaels on the trip and his last name is McMullen.

This is Jeffrey and Laura from New York-she's hilarious!

This is a long one but here it goes from left to right...
Anna (on the top) she has the amazing ability to make everyone feel comfortable around her.
Yvonne is adorable and always smiling-she's 25 but you wouldn't know it because she acts like an adorable little kid a lot of the time.
Danielle and Anna are best friends, and she's amazing- she has her head on her shoulders and loves to plan (which made Paris fun for everyone).
Mike Lui (down at the bottom) is from California (he goes to school in San Diego) and is my frisbee buddy (even though neither of us is good at it).
And there's Jeffrey...again.

Dana-oh words do not express...she loves to eat and she thinks she's a ninja :)

This is dear Hannah...she's pretty cool and she's from oregan which is sweet because I've alwayd wanted to go to the Northwest and now I have someone to visit there.

I've already introduced most of these people but...From left to right again there's
Michael McMuffin,, Hope (i'll talk about her in just a second), Anna, Lisa in the far back (she's amazing, she's been my mama while I've been here), Jeffrey Mike Lui, Liz (she's really sweet and lives just down the hall from me, Danielle and Jeremiah (I call him Jebediah because he continuosly calls me Hope). This picture was at the first France game during the World Cup.

This is Jordan the best roommate of all time...she can get anything open that I can't, when our power went out she figured out how to fix it...she's just amazing. And I call her Alice because I think she looks like one :)

This is Jenny, she's a blast to talk to and she's adorable and pregnant!

And last but most certainly not least...this is Hope. She's gorgeous as you can tell and she's my twin...I mentioned earlier that Jeremiah repeatedly calls me Hope, well thats because we're twins...obviously!

And those are the people that I have and will mention in my blogs!