Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dreamers vs Realists

"There are dreamers and there are realists in this world. You think the dreamers would find the dreamers and the realists would find the realists, but more often than not, the opposite is true. See, the dreamers need the realists to keep the dreamers from soaring too close to the sun. And the realists? Well without the dreamers, they might not ever get off the ground."- Last night on Modern Family

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


The office cafeteria in Suresnes, France has two coffee vending machines. If you want a coffee, it will cost you 25 centime. Therefore to have coffee, you will need change. When someone wants to break for coffee, they go around asking "cafe?"

Me: "Cafe?"
Coworker: "Do you have money?"
Me: "I have 10 cents!" picking up this yellow coin I have on my desk.
Him: "That's not 10 cents, that's 20."
Me: "It is! It says 10 cents on it!"

At this point, we were both confused...

Apparently when I went to the Carrefour (supermarket) this morning, I got a 10 cent Ethiopian coin disguised as a 20 cent Euro coin. 

Of course, after being here for a total of 5 weeks this year, I still had no idea what Euro coins look like...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Knife and Fork

Today I discovered that I use knife and fork like a western uses chopstick.
Yes, it's true.
As I watched the Europeans around me (French, English, Bosnian, American, Spanish) smoothly slice their lettuce and crepe, I noticed that my sawing is quite uncouth.
My goal this weekend will be practising the art of using a knife and fork.
Who knew it was a learned skill?