Posted by: vlibrizzi | March 22, 2009

Picnic with the girls, basketball with the boys

img_2212The weather has been so great here that I’ve been begun to take it for granted that it will be nice here every day.  Unfortunately, this weekend proved that although it is officially spring, the French (and their weather) are a bit delayed in realizing that.

For example, on Friday morning, a few friends and I had planned to have a nice picnic along the Loing river. We brought bread, cheese, vegetables, hummus, and pastries, and sat down on a picnic bench to enjoy our meal. Unfortunately, the wind came in with force and blew away most of our picnic. So we packed up what was left of our things and headed to a cafe to continue our picnic, but inside this time. 

img_2210But, as a side note, on our way out of the town where we were picnicking, our car was stopped in the middle of the road to let a huge truck unload it’s cargo of….an entire cow and pig carcass. Suffice it to say, it was pretty disgusting to watch, but of course, since I had never seen such huge pieces of meat, I took a photo for you to see it too.

Then, the weather was still a bit chilly on Friday evening so instead of finding something to do outside, C. and I met up with a few of our American friends in Paris to watch the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament. We went to this great Canadian pub in the Latin Quarter called The Moose. As soon as we entered, I felt like I had died and gone to….the U.S.! The bartenders only spoke English, the served traditional American bar food (nachos, burgers, etc.), and almost everyone in the place was an American watching the NCAA tournament with their brackets in hand. Suffice it to say, C. loved it…and I did too! It was great to kick back and watch the games.

Also, in a bit of an interesting side note, our two teams (Villanova and Duke) will be playing against each other in the next round of the tournament on Thursday. It’ll be an interesting test on our relationship (go Nova!) 🙂

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