kathryne goes to france


Check it out!
29 June 2007, 7:06 pm
Filed under: england, europe, london, photos, Schmapp guide, travel

This picture got published in an online London guide. See it here!



bittersweet
27 June 2007, 11:59 pm
Filed under: europe, exchange student, france, french culture, study abroad, travel

I miss watching French people walk around with baguettes sticking out of their bags.

At the same time, there’s something strangely comforting about looking down at the ground beneath me and spying richly red Oklahoma dirt.



bored.
22 May 2007, 1:47 pm
Filed under: europe, exchange student, study abroad

I’m tired of being by myself in France.  I’m in Paris, and I’m bored.  One should never be bored while in Paris, nosirree.  Not too much longer til I meet up with my dad in the homeland…



accents, idiosyncracies, misconceptions
21 May 2007, 9:35 am
Filed under: American culture, europe, exchange student, france, study abroad

According to the Californians, I don’t have an Oklahoman accent at all. I could easily pass for a Californian.

According to my French phonetics teacher, I have a “très fort accent americain” (a very strong American accent).

According to my Dutch friend Sitske, I say the word “humongous” a lot. To the point that when she thinks of a word to represent me, the word is humungous. It’s kind of funny, because I don’t think “humungous” is a very fitting representation.

Who knew?

Sidenote: I finally talked to the two Dutch girls who’ve been in my classes. It turned out that they’re not Dutch, though, they’re Swedish. They thought I was Canadian instead of American. I don’t know why I thought they were Dutch or why they thought I was Canadian… but hey, at least we all guessed countries pretty close to our own, right? It’s going to be weird to go home—where everyone’s from Oklahoma or Texas, where everyone has the same accent, where there’s no guessing where so-and-so’s from. Hm.



pictures!
20 May 2007, 5:40 am
Filed under: bordeaux, europe, exchange student, france, photos



I uploaded new pictures today. A lot of them are of flowers because everything’s in bloom here in Bordeaux.

There are also several pictures from our one-day excursion to Arcachon, a beach/town nearby.



stink
19 May 2007, 7:31 am
Filed under: bordeaux, europe, exchange student, france, french culture

In all fairness, I should say that the stereotype that the French are smelly is largely untrue. There are, however, several with B.O. issues, and the problem is that when you find one who stinks, he really stinks. Tram rides next to a stinky one are the worst, because there’s nowhere for your nose to go when the trams are crowded, and you’re stuck, in a confined space, next to Stinky. I think France should consider broadcasting public service announcements on the necessity of deodorant.

Seriously, it’s only getting hotter outside. J’ai peur.



Why French women don’t get fat
18 May 2007, 9:46 am
Filed under: europe, exchange student, france, french culture, study abroad

Why French Women Don’t Get Fat
a) They smoke like a chimney
b) They are mutants*

Don’t bother reading the book; that’s the truth.

*Due to the significant, positive correlation between buttery pastries and slender women.  French women are, indisputably, mutants.  Very lucky, thin mutants.