Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Out of touch...I blame the leap year.

Hello blog readers.

It seems interest in my blog has peaked this past month and I'm happy to say I have considerably more readers than when I was in Dublin. I think most of that is thanks to my mom passing the link on to my relatives, which was a very good move.

I'm also happy to announce that I finally have a good internet connection in my apartment after the very tragic breaking down of my airport card about 9 days ago. It's kinda pathetic how attached to the internet I've become over the years. I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off this past week, not understanding how to survive without internet. I don't know what I would have done w/o my blackberry and its tiny little screen to do such painful tasks as checking facebook, reading my usual blogs like Post Secret, and doing research for my cinema class. There's nothing like reading about Antonin Artaud in french on a screen the size of a post-it. Couldn't live w/o it, though!

These past few weeks have been devoted to school work because classes have really gotten going and I finally decided on a schedule after the fiasco of classes being full and my sociolinguistics class being taught in english. But I'm chugging along because after my class tomorrow, I will be free for an entire week for spring break! I will be traveling to Berlin and Prague and I'm so excited. My mom suggested that I look up any Eukels in Prague. I'll let everyone know if I find a long-lost cousin or great-aunt.

With that I leave my faithful blog readers (again) for new adventures in foreign lands. To those expecting postcards and emails...very very soon!


Monday, February 11, 2008

the modern is now

Last Sunday, the 3rd, some friends and I wandered on over to the Centre Georges Pompidou to visit their modern art museum. This rather unusual building is not only home to one of the most famous museums in the world but also has a cinema, a children's museum, a performance space, one of the the most sought-after cafes in Paris (the view is phenomenal), and a rather popular library (there was a line to get in). But we only went for the museum. Outside the museum, people hang out, sell art, do street performances, walk around, eat at cafes and food-stands and other general merriment.

Here are some pictures from my adventure at this particularly fun (and colorful) paris museum:

Sunday, February 3, 2008

A Visit to a Fairy Tale

Last Friday Sweet Briar took a trip to Versailles. I've been to the chateau a couple times before so that wasn't too exciting, although we did get a personal tour from our art history professor, but I was very excited that I finally got to go to Marie Antoinette's village.

Marie Antoinette was like 15 when she became queen so she was pretty bored with royal life, so she had the royal architect construct a life-sized play village for her where she could go with her courisans to dress up as a peasant, dye sheep to match her outfits, play gambling games, and have affairs with various men.

Here are some pictures from my visit...enjoy!