Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I was hanging out with a friend of mine and he told me about a french comedian called Rémi Gaillard. I know he's super famous and stuff out here but I've never heard of him till yesterday and i find him EXTREMELY funny but thats just my opinion. I thought i should share the laughter with those who don't know him. So brighten your day and enjoy the following three videos.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The funniest and also most amazing thing happened the other day. I was walking with my friends Cam and Sam to look for a Zara store when we spotted a car. i hadn't seen many like it in France and we sort of took a moment to appreciate it and eventually started walking on. I looked back for a moment because i heard the door open and out flies LENNY KRAVITZ. It was one of those moment in my life where i had to decide the appropriate reaction. It seemed surreal so i said to my friend "that's Lenny Kravitz" and i decided not to be another crazy fan and let the man live in peace. Cameron obviously did not think i should have been so calm because just then he screamed " LENNY LENNY" and Lenny stopped and walked back over to us. I kinda just froze. so excuse the crazy facial expression that looks like some sort of cross between a smile and me chewing on something. He had a quick chat with us and took a photo and headed off on his way. He was pretty nice. Well that's the best thing that happened all week.
I was talking to my french professor at Baylor one day when he said " i love going to Pere lachaise cemetery to just relax and eat a sandwich". I stared at him wide eyed like what? who takes a leisurely trip to the cemetery? C'est bizarre, non? I decided to give it a go and i've got to say, that sandwich was delicious!
Père Lachaise Cemetery is the world's most visited cemetery with over 1 million bodies buried there. These include famous poets, singers, writers, politicians and more. I took it upon myself to visit the graves of Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf. American singer Jim Morrison is also buried there. It is tradition to put on red lipstick and kiss Oscar Wilde's tombstone (more like a tomb boulder), but i decided against it..for sanitary reasons.
We also visited the catacombs which is a site where millions of bones of the dead are pretty much stacked on top of each other (To read its history click here) . A wall of human skulls and bones. it was quite creepy. Apparently people actually try to steal the bones too. everyday they catch at least 5 people with a skull in their bag. People never cease to amaze me. Photos of Père Lachaise are first and then the catacombs come after. It was quite dark in the catacombs so forgive the picture quality.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Before seeing the show, i never knew what it actually was. I only knew it was a cabaret sort of show and i had the Moulin Rouge song to refer to but that was it. When the show started i didn't have much of an expectation but when a couple of mostly naked women started dancing, i understood the men to women ratio in the audience. The costumes were very extravagant. People weren't allowed into the room with cameras so i wasn't able to take pictures of the actual show but i got some pictures of it online. There was this really awesome part of the show when one of the dancers got into a big tank with snakes in it and swam with the snakes.. it was pretty amazing. so here are some pictures from the night.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Its been a busy couple of days, so much to do and so little time. I won't lie and say its all fun and games. I've had to look for an apartment the whole time and have finally given up and hopped on the home stay express. I should have a place within the week. For the first two days tho i hung out with an amazing family of my friend and had an awesome time. actually on the first day, jet-lagged and all, i was taken out dancing at this club, and the next day we visited the Luxembourg garden. It was beyond what i could imagine. sooo beautiful. took so many photos. Definitely going back. A good place for an afternoon nap.
Also i rode the metro for the first time in Paris and I gotta say, the french do love their stare wars. Its so funny how normal it is to stare here. You would have people looking straight into your eyes yet want nothing in particular from you. Found it a bit weird at first but i'm getting used to it. I was told it gets worse too, eventually they start trying to sit closer to you but i don't know. All the stuff i heard about pick pocketing and stuff didn't really happen to me. Maybe cause I've been watching my stuff like a hawk.but i did see an american tourist walking around with his bag WIDE open and they complain that people steal from them. oh and i almost got hit by a bus and then a car.....good times. Well here are a couple of photos from the first few days.