Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tune Tuesday - My Delirium

So due to the fact that my computer won't upload pictures, or the videos I wanted to share...my planned post for this week will have to wait. Until I can get that resolved, I leave you with a song that is currently stuck in my head. Hope you enjoy :)


In other news, I'm going to Main Square Festival this weekend in Arras! I am beyond excited! Get to see Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes and the National...among a bunch of other bands! It's gunna be awesome!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tune Tuesday - L'été est arrivé

So due to the fact that I was out WAY later than planned last night this post is a tad delayed. I will share the excitement of my Tuesday with you next week! It was pretty magical :)
Happy Summer! To celebrate, the sun finally came out. It's been raining here for the last 2 weeks...I was starting to get a tad worried! Here's a summer playlist inspired by 'The Drums - the Saddest Summer' (Thanks Rachelle, this song is kickass!) Hope you guys are getting to enjoy your summer as much as I am! I can't wait for picnics and more summer music festivals (they're my favorite!) 




Friday, June 17, 2011

The Truth about Paris - La Langue

So after thinking long and hard about what how to share my summer with you, I have decided to do a little feature on what it's like to be a foreigner living in Paris.  The good and the bad....and yea sadly there's bad stuff.  It is pretty freaking awesome though!

I thought I would start off with the language barrier. I think it's been the biggest challenge for me.
For those of you who don't know me, I am an Anglophone (English is my first language), however, I completed my schooling in French, and am currently taking the entirety of my degree in French as well.  I speak the language very well. My vocabulary is very school French, still learning the 'slang', but I can understand pretty much everything people say, even if I miss a few words here and there. Either way, I speak french VERY well. This being said, no one here cares that I can speak french. If I say something in French, everyone responds in English. It doesn't matter how good my vocabulary is, how perfect my grammar and sentence structure are, I sound like a North American trying to speak French. Even the people who can't really speak English, speak to me in their terrible broken English.  I know they are just trying to make things easier for me, but this has becoming ridiculously frustrating in day to day life, as the whole point of my being here is to perfect my French. 
The only exception to this is at work.  My co-workers deal with customers and suppliers from all over the E-U, and are fully aware of how important it is to speak another language. They speak to me in French, and don't hold back at all. Now this makes up a huge part of my day, so I'm VERY thankful to have the opportunity to speak French 8 hours a day. They correct me here and there, suggest other words I could use instead. I'm still a tad self conscience during conversations, but I refuse to give up!
I have been here a month, and have already begun muttering to myself in French, swearing in French, French even makes appearances in my dreams. I am submersing myself in French music, movies and literature. I LOVE this language.  The way it sounds, the way it feels to speak, even the structure of it...probably why I'm minoring in it! I truly appreciate the challenge of living in a country that speaks a language different that what I use on a regular basis.

Oh and just in case you wanted to learn how to say something rude, or sassy in french, you should check out this website. It's kind of hilarious, especially since they give you the literal translation of a lot of it.

Grand bisous
 Kristen

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tune Tuesday - Valse accordion

Like I said in my last post, I'm really loving all the accordions.  And they seem to sound the most Parisian when playing a lovely waltz (or valse in French). Here are a few beautiful songs on the accordion...one of them is a little more famous than the others, do you recognize it from somewhere?









I'm trying really really really hard to come up with some post inspiration....do you guys have any ideas? After posting all my trip pictures on FB, I don't want to be too repetitive and share them all again here...I will however post the best of eventually....I will come up with something eventually, all this wine drinking has to be good for something ;) 
Oh and case you didn't guess, the last video is from the movie Amelie, one of my all time favorite movies. If you haven't seen it, you should definitely watch it!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tune Tuesday - La Musique française

So, I have put together a nice playlist for you guys, full of some wicked French music.  It was WAY harder than I ever imagined. Why? Because everyone here listens to American Pop.  Now I'm not trying to shit American Pop, it's fun to dance to at the bar, but when I hear the same 5 songs repeated in the mall, on TV, on the radio...it loses any appeal it might have. People here appear to care more about anything coming out of the U.S.  This saddens me, since French culture is kind of amazing.
Needless to say I have managed to come up with some stuff, most of which is kind of amazing even if you have no idea what they're saying.



Completely unrelated to my French playlist...I have never heard so many accordions as I have in this country. It's freaking AMAZING!  On the train, in the train station, on the side of the road, in malls. Accordions are EVERYWHERE. It might be one of my favorite things about this country...right up there with cheese and WINE!


I truly love it here...even if I'm broke and friendless. France is Freaking AMAZING