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Month: November 2014

Happy Turkey Day

Happy Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I didn’t really think I’d care too much about missing Thanksgiving, but as the date approached, I realized that I wanted to do something, even if it was small. As I mentioned in a previous post, my host family was never overwhelmingly excited, or the least bit excited I should say, to celebrate Thanksgiving. I think they just didn’t really understand the purpose or the story behind the holiday, and stuffing one’s face with food wasn’t a…

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2 Weeks of Photos & Updates

2 Weeks of Photos & Updates

I’ve been a bit lazy on updating, I mostly blame my inability to edit photos in a time efficient matter. As a result, my dear readers, you shall be bombarded with a super long, semi-detailed, post of my happenings for the last two weeks or so. Plus, today is Thanksgiving and I have a special post I’ve cooked up (cue cheesy laugh) for later today. So two weekends ago I went hiking at the Pic des Aigles. It was a…

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Sally Soup and Little Boy Pizza

Sally Soup and Little Boy Pizza

I’m having a touch of technical difficulty with getting my photos to cooperate. Something a simple restart should fix, but I have too many windows open to restart. As a result, I shall write a quick post about a random assortment of stuff and my hiking post will be tomorrow. šŸ™‚ The day I left for Barcelona, L used his imagination to create a giant that chases us all around the house and we have to hide from him. We…

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TGIF

TGIF

This week has been pretty hellish. With a holiday on Tuesday, it seemed twice as long. I think it really through L off schedule wise. L’s school doesn’t have nap-time at school, which many parents find strange for kids at this age, and as a result, by the time Friday rolls around, L is irritable and cranky all afternoon.Ā  But this week, he was irritable all afternoon, every day. In my two and a half months here, I don’t know…

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Turkey Day Dilemma

Turkey Day Dilemma

I’ve explained to my host parents, my mom in particular, the holiday Thanksgiving. In fact, I’ve explained it in detail multiple times–everything from traditional foods vs. Dominican-style Thanksgiving; the background history; when it occurs; how it is just as important as Christmas; Hell, I even went as far as explaining Black Friday to them. I did this because part of being an au pair is a cultural exchange, Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse to stuff your face with fatty foods…

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They Are Not Play Things

They Are Not Play Things

This morning as I was getting L ready for school, he decided he would reach up and squeeze my breasts a few times. It was such an awkward moment, I wasn’t really sure how to respond. I was also in a complete state of shock and utter embarrassment. All I could muster was, “Stop! You can’t touch those, they aren’t toys!” I just hope it was a one time occurrence. I had a feeling it would happen eventually….well not that…

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Roses Express….Choo Choo

Roses Express….Choo Choo

My host family invited me to go to Spain with them this past weekend. Since they didn’t require me to go, I had the option to tag along or stay at home. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity to travel someplace new. My host parents had their sights set on visiting Roses, a small beach town in Catalonia close to the French border. They were really interested in hiking the “pink” calanques, as they called them. Saturday morning we…

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Halloween in Barcelona

Halloween in Barcelona

Part of the reason I didn’t miss Halloween asĀ  much as I thought I would was because I spent it in the magnificent city of Barcelona. I’ve procrastinated writing about my adventure over Halloween mainly because I want do Barcelona justice. I want to charm you as much as I myself was by its modern architecture, wonderful people, and tasty food. A scant weekend is nowhere near enough time to truly discover and enjoy all of Barcelona. However, a weekend…

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Wine Wednesday

Wine Wednesday

Since I was M.I.A. for the last few weeks that includes my WW publications. I did drink a wine a few weeks ago, which I will review today. I will try my best to remember it! This is probably a hint to why I should write this as I’m tasting the wine. Duly noted for next week. Wine Variety: Merlot Name: Les Ormes de Cambras Price: Somewhere between 3-4 Euros Year: 2013 Appellation: Pays d’Orc – Protected Geographic region in…

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Cue the “AWWs”

Cue the “AWWs”

Last night my host parents told me that over the weekend L asked them for a little brother. She asked him why a brother and not a sister. L’s response: “I already have a big sister.”