Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Get Like Me.

I have been to Paris once before in my life.

It was 1994, so naturally my memories are slim and insignificant. I remember being mortified by the amount of couples m-ing out on park benches. It might seem too cliche to be true, but this is Paris after all. I also remember ordering spaghetti (obviously) at a restaurant and wound up with plain noodles. When I asked for tomato sauce, the waiter said, "Eh? Le Ketchup?"

So with such little personal memories, I have absolutely no idea what to expect in the next four months of my European life. It's actually easier for me to think ahead to August in Wisconsin (the terrace, empty plans of bike rides, med cafe reunions, going to the plaza against my will, etc.)

Right now, the most I can do is make some reasonable, reachable Abroad 2009 Goals: Come home looking like Audrey Tautou, cooking like Julia Child and singing like Edith Piaf. Easy breezy, baby.

Okay, so maybe I'm not actually saying anything of substance in this post. But from the girl who cannot navigate anywhere west of Park Street and slept through half of her fourth semester French class, I guarantee you much better material once Le Metro takes over my life.

Until then...


  1. I can't wait to read all about it!

  2. Jenna! I am so excited for you. Well I hope we can communicate not through blogging while youre gone it may be the only way. Love you!

  3. The best meat you'll ever eat in your life guaranteed... It was on Anthony Bourdain's show... We went there 3 or 4 times and It was the best meal I ever ate. Order the Cote de Boeuf.
    Chez Robert et Louise
    64, Rue Vieille du Temple
    75003 Paris, France

    The potatoes are cooked in goose grease.
    I'm just starting to wonder if maybe you're a vegetarian. Hope not.

  4. and if your francais is a bit shaky. remember a couple of things.
    don't say "Je voudrais...." No one says that.
    say instead "Je prend, or Je vais prendre" = much cooler.

    ex: Je vais prendre le cote de boeuf!

  5. perhaps we will, let me know if you make it out east. i dont know if i'll make it to France but i'll let you know