Göteborg

on tuesday i went to Göteborg, the 2nd biggest city in Sweden, for work. I gave a presentation in a high school. Was pretty cool. I had already been to the city once last summer, and since it was just for a day i didnt really have time to visit.
But in the evening my collegue and i went to the opening of the Vetenskapfestival (science festival). It was sooo cool ! We did some fun experiments, then we went to the Universeum, a great museum/aquarium. Really beautiful and fun place !!

We had wine and “amuse bouche” in the biggest aquarium i have ever seen, they had an arche and we had a huge shark over us !!!! quite scary !

I was wearing my “giving a presentation in front of kids 3 years younger than me” dress

oh, and i got sooo disapointed when i learned that Jane Goodall was the guest of honor of the Festival last year !!! I was this close to cry ! she is like my living heroe !!  If i never mentioned it here, i ADORE monkeys and more precisely, GORILLAS !

bobo…

I am soooo sore !! i can barely move  !  i went something crazy yesterday. I went to the gym before work, from 6h45 to 7h30 am !!!!! ( apparently swedish people do that)

It was a class called Body Pump and when i registered i had no idea what it was. Turns out they were using weights !!!  I got a little worried at first ( and btw, i had the lighter weights in the whole class and it was still too heavy) but turned out to be really fun !  It really woke me up and afterwards i felt really good ! The hardest part actually was to shower in front of everyone…. really not used to this.( Apparently swedish people do that too)

Here are some pictures of my week in Paris at the beginning of February. That’s my cousin Juliette, she is 11, she is georgous and i think she has soooo much style already !

annnd the ceiling of the Galeries la Fayette…because it’s pretty 🙂

jag lagar mat, det är inte så lät

so i went to my swedish class tonight. With my classes at the embassy at lunch, i have 6 hours of swedish a week…. but it’s not enough, i feel im sooo bad !

Tonight we spoke about food (mat), and i was soo hungry ! I got home at 9pm and cooked. That might sound totally boring but for me it’s a first. Appart from crêpes and making myself a sandwich, i never ever cook. I had köttbullar och ris och en gurka. (meatballs, rice and a cucumber) and it was ok, but för salt (Too much salt).

Now, some basic rules on super adorable plates we got from Crispin !!

” I do not put my elbows on the table”

“I do not put my knife in my mouth”

” I sit straight at the table”

Affamée en sortant de mon cours de suédois sur la nourriture, je n’ai pas eu d’autre choix que de cuisiner, MOI ! Moi qui ne différencie pas une louche d’une grande cuillère.  Je me suis fait des boulettes de viande et du riz, pas trop mal pour une première, mais trop salé.

Et pour les règles de la bienséance, les super assiettes offertes par Crispin !

We did it !

ok so i left home (Paris) at 9h30 am and arrived home (Stockholm) at 7h pm. I took 2 buses, 1 train, 3 subways, 2 planes in 36hours and i’m exhausted ! Really and truly tired and feeling a little..bla. My mom picked me up at the airport yesterday morning at 9am, we had a great FRENCH breakfast at home, my puppy recognized me ! but he’s so big, he’s not a puppy anymore ! Then we spent the day in Paris shopping for new shoes, having hot chocolate and cookies at Starbucks…it was awesome.

j’ai quitté la maison (Paris) à 9h30 du matin et je suis arrivée à la maison (Stockholm) à 7h du soir. J’ai pris 2 buses, 1 train, 3 métros, 2 avions en 36h et je n’en peux plus! je suis lessivée. Maman est venue me chercher à l’aéroport hier matin à 9h, on a pris un super petit déj à la maison, Elio m’a reconnu ! il est devenu enorme, ce n’est plus un bébé ! On a passé la journée dans Paris à la recherche de jolies chaussures, en faisant une pause à Starbucks. C’était parfait.

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At 6pm we met in front of La Sorbonne Panthéon with my friends and parents. Ok so we didn’t have gowns and hats, i was a little disapointed but guys suited up and well, so did girls. It was nice. We were called one by one to grab our diploma, and i reached my personal goal, “AB mention” 🙂  Then we had champagne and petits fours, it was fun to talk to everyone again, most of them are looking for jobs so im feeling super lucky i found this one. After a while my parents grew bored and we went out for diner with my sister. Before going to bed i watched the most disturbing docummentary about the revival of the KKK in the US… some people are so scary.  And before i knew it it was wednesday morning and i had to leave 😦 

A 18h rendez vous devans la Sorbonne Panthéon avec mes amis et parents. Ok donc finalement, pas de toges, ni de petits chapeaux, j’étais quand même un peu déçu. Mais tout le monde s’était fait beau, c’était très sympa. Ils nous ont appelé un par un pour nous remettre notre diplôme, j’ai même eu la mention AB (petite victoire perso). Puis champagne et petits fours pour tout le monde. C’était agréable de revoir ma classe, ils cherchent presque tous du boulot, je réalise à quel point j’ai eu de la chance. On a fini la soirée au resto avec ma famille, puis j’ai regardé un docu très perturbant sur la monté du KKK aux USA…terrifiant. Et puis, c’était déjà l’heure de repartir. 😦

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I’m back with 2 new pairs of shoes, a new beret, new gloves and a borrowed sweater i need to show you guys soon. But for now the plan is :

Mean girls + m&m’s peanuts butter (we recieved a box full of them from my dearest Sash today !!!)  and hot bath !!!!

Je suis de retour avec 2 nouvelles paires de chaussures, un nouveau beret, des nouveaux gants et un gilet emprunté à Crispin. Il faut que je vous montre tout ça ! Mais pour le moment ça va être:

un bon bain chaud + Mean Girls + m&m’s au beurre de cacahuètes (un merveilleux paquet est arrivé des USA aujourd’hui rempli de m&m’s..SASH YOU ROCK)

congrats to me :-)

So, here we go, next tuesday im going to Paris for 2 days, and tuesday evening i’ll get my very first (and i assume last) graduation!!

For most people it’s normal. For french people…it never happens. You finish high school or university well good for you, if you’re lucky they’ll send your diploma in the mail, if not, you just pick it up in an office (usually open between 10am and 10.05 am).

 Anyway, this year they do it BIG. I’m getting my Master.  It feels unreal. I’m excited though. It’s nice to have something to look forward to. Work is just…overwhelming. I wake up in the morning feeling im already behind. Doesnt feel so nice. Im planning on registering to an evening swedish class, i so want to learn! It’s so frustrating to walk around and not being able to read newspapers or order in a coffee place…of course they speak english perfectly…but still. Frustrated i am.

So anyway, appart from work not much happened lately… but sometimes i just come across the cuttest people in the subway…

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Voilà, je retourne à Paris mardi pour 2 jours, mardi soir, ça sera ma première (et dernière je suppose) remise de diplôme!

 Ce qui, pour la petite française que je suis est un évènement majeur ! D’habitude les “graduations” c’est dans les films . Nous, on va juste récuperer notre diplôme à la fac, dans un bureau ouvert entre 10.00 et 10.05. Et ben là ils sortent le grand jeu. Donc je vais avoir mon master. CooL. J’ai hate. Question boulot c’est la course. J’ai l’impression d’être déjà en retard en me levant le matin…  Sinon je vais surement m’inscrire à des cours du soir de suédois, ça me frustre trop de ne pas pouvoir lire un journal ou commander un café, même si ils parlent un anglais parfait, je veux me fondre dans la masse 🙂

Bref, à part métro boulot dodo, pas grand chose de neuf, ci ce n’est, des jolies rencontres dans le métro….

Busy bee weekend

Saturday was Sweden’s day,

sunday was mother’s day in France and “voting” day for the european  deputees elections and the french open final… 

So i wished a good day to älskling and all the Swedes, 

Crispin and i made a nice breakfast and gave mom a new bag,

i voted and i watched the final.  

update (june 8th: shame, shame on me, how could i forget to mention it was the D-Day commemoration and Obama was in Normandie ! April 22 ‘s comment was my waking up call…i suck.

 no need to mention that my attempt to write about the impact of micro credit on women in Africa was a total failure. oups.

But who care when you have new shoes w/ awesome see thru heels right?

blackheels   from Besson

While i’m gone…

lunette-1Älskling arrives tomorrow night

Needless to say I won’t study a thing while he’s here

And i won’t have so much time to blog either…

Pauline mentionned them in a cute note today…

So i felt like wearing them…

Really need to adjust them to my sight though…

Today I sent away my package for the springswap…to INDIA !

Tonight..Idol at my friend Gui…

I should be studying, i know, but guess what, im 22 and i need to live first.  

älkling arrive demain soir, je m’arrête donc de travailler et de blogger pour quelques jours…envie de ressortir mes lunettes verte et bleue après ton post…faut que je les fasse ajuster à ma vue…Paquet pour le SpringSwap envoyé..en INDE…et ce soir IDOL 🙂   

Don’t forget about me while i’m gone, I’ll be thinking of you 😉  

sunday was sunny….I heard.

what a lovely weekend.fleur

what a lie.

I went out once to buy a baguette and some croissants

I spent the whole weekend writing either about chinese women or inequalities in France

it’s monday soon and i feel i didn’t any of the thing i really wanted to to

like sleep, paint my nails, go for a walk or bake cookies…

It was sunny today, i could feel it thru the windows…

Is Spring really here?