Food and Soldes, my two new loves.
Last night for dinner I had Roclette. Which is when you take some
cheese and melt it on a little boiler at the table. And by some I mean
four huge slices, one after the other. Then you pour the melted cheese
unto a potato bigger then your fist. And enjoy the cheese-y goodness.
Before our potatoes we enjoyed some meat, left over from Etienne's wine
party. We had slices of ham, duck, and buffalo (i think?). Then we
finished up the dinner with a nice salad and a glass of wine. Oh but the
French never forget dessert... We had this delicious sliced orange
salad, that simply had nutmeg and a little sugar. It was amazing. And
they gave each one of us a macaroon! Mine was lemon. It was heaven.
Still full from last nights dinner. I love the French!
After dinner I helped Maud with the dishes and she showed me that she
has made some brownie cookies, but I simple glared and them and I think
she saw my face turn green. We had a laugh and then she invited me to
watch an episode of Vampire Diaries, which was really fun. I am glad that I am so nerdy and I can bond with her over our love for smoldering TV men.
I also talked to her about the hockey game I went to the other
night. It was amazing! Grenoble won (7-1) and we got to see how the
French love their sports. Hockey and Football/Soccer. Allez-Grenoble! We
saw a fistfight go down on the ice between one of our players and
theirs. It was probably the other teams fault. It was a late but fun
night. And now I can't wait to attend a football game.
Did I mention that Etienne had himself a wine party the other
night? It was hilarious. I came downstairs for dinner and saw the dining
room all decorated and I was confused. Then Marie Caroline explained to
me that he was having friends over for a wine party so we would have to
eat in the kitchen. So all five of us crowed around the tiny kitchen
table and I tried duck for the first time (which I love!), and Etienne
was running back and forth getting ready. He covered up all the wine
bottles with foil, and explained to me that it was a game and they had
to guess the year and province just by taste and smell. And the whole
time this is happening I am smilling, almost in giggles because this is
exactly the American stereotype about the French. But Etienne was just
so adorable, and the whole situation was so funny.
Oh and the Soldes are going on right now! I have been
shopping so much in the last few days that my head has been spinning.
But I have stayed within my budget (kind of) and I bought things that I
really needed. Everything is so amazingly cheap! And I guess it should
be is the sales in France only happen twice a year. In the last three
days I have bought a new wallet with a coin purse, five shirts, two
pairs of jeans, one sweater, one sweatshirt for running, a scarf, heavy
socks, and gloves. Can you tell that is is really cold here? But I am
finally getting the hang of the weather. I kind of love it.
Well, I think Grenoble is growing up me. Last night when I was brushing my teeth for bed, it dawned on me that I can't imagine being in Seattle or Portland right now. I
am so completely satisfied with my life right now, and my love for this
city and it's bizarre mix of classy and diverse people is growing each
day. The thought that I only have four and a half months here before
I leave for Morocco and the States makes me so sad. But knowing I have a
time limit has pushed me to experience as much as possible.