Friday, June 10, 2011

la famille van peteghem


I love this family.

We were supposed to go to Belgium tonight with Stephanie, but the weather was lousy and Stephanie was not feeling well so we canceled. I was relieved actually, thinking that I would be able to spend some time on my poetry paper. However, somehow Didier caught wind of this news and immediately came to our office and invited us to go see "Midnight in Paris" with him, Marie and Agathe. How could we say no to another outing with our favorite people?

"Midnight in Paris" was, well, an American film that portrayed what is believed to be a typically American view of Paris, France. I think it was meant to be like that in an ironic way, and the cinematography captured well the sights of the city. I loved the allusions to all of the modernist writers (thanks to all the background knowledge that American lit. class from last semester provided me), but my favorite part of the evening was just being with the Van Peteghem's. They have been so good to us, in every way, during our stay here in Lille. They are humble, intelligent, down-to-earth, practical, giving, engaged, gracious, concerned with others and they have such a firm grasp on what is good and right. I value their company and friendship more than I can express, and they are definitely one of the principal reasons in why leaving next week is going to be very,
very,
difficult.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

taboulé and canned peas



i'm living off this strangely delicious mix.
and dark chocolate too.

I promise that once I have some time I will tell you all about
the most incredible weekend of my life that I just had.

but really, I won't have time until christmas break to breathe or write anything non-graded.
and, if I can't do justice to our 4 day beach/dunes/sunshine dream,
then I really don't think I should write about it at all. I'll put up some photos
and you can let your imaginations fill in the rest.

here's the round up for the rest of my stay in lovely lille:
- race to the musuem in roubaix on friday at lunch so
I can write my 15 page internship paper on the poems that are
printed on the walls there. students get free admission on fridays. score.

- bruge, belgium on friday night with stephanie lecocq and celine.

- brussels on saturday

- madrid on saturday night to tuesday morning

- tuesday evening dinner at the wonderful angélique's

-wednesday: we are hosting american movie night for the students
we did English lessons with. we are eating pb&j's
(now to go hunt down some peanut butter in this land of nutella)
and ice cream sundae's. american's sure love their sugar.

- thursday: my last night to be spent with my favorite group of people at institute!

-friday: back to london then to new york and then to provo.

school starts the monday after and I will rub my eyes awake from this spring dream
and hop into my british lit, poetry and french civilization courses.

ça se passe trop vite.

here we are keeping up with wednesday traditions.
we love traditions when it means millefeuilles or a salée framboise

and, btw, cyclopes are limber fellows.