Hey folks, sorry I’ve been away for awhile, but I’m now teaching in Lacoste, France!
France is wild folks.
First and foremost these mu’fuckers can COOK! You’d love it. Check out what was offered on the PLANE: First we were served a Middle Eastern-style seven grain salad with sautéed chicken. Then that was followed by sautéed beef with chasseur sauce with baby vegetables and mashed potatoes. We were also offered cheese, coffee-chocolate cake, and our choice of red or white wine, Champagne, Heineken beer, coffee, tea or our choice of soft drinks.
But all did not go well with Air France – I got delayed 20 hours due to snow in Paris. And after spending two hours on the tarmac, and they ultimately lost my luggage. I’ve got none of my clothes, and I’m missing a lot of materials I was bringing over for my Conceptual Illustration class. It snowed here and I’m freezeing my balls off without a coat!
The traveling was cool though. Most everyone speaks English, and several French women were really nice to me in the airport. Every now and then they’d tap me on the shoulder and ask if I understood what was being said over the P.A. system. I met a Canadian girl that’s going to school in Boston and she did a lot of translating stuff for me with the bagggage stuff – I was lucky!
New Zelanders are funny, they’re super excited to talk to Americans for some reason. We’re big hits with them aparently. The French could care less, and the British are happy to talk to us as well.
Everyone over here followed the election and are very thankful for Obama’s win. I knew the world hated us, but they really followed our politics closely for the last 8 years, and our reputation was more damaged by Bush than I ever suspected.
But the French are really happy about Obama – they even have Obama celebration parties planned for when he’s being sworn in and I’ve been invited to one!
Everyone dresses REALLY hip and sporty over here. Even old people. They look like a million bucks and should be out driving race cars. The dudes are all in good shape – I’m a fatty-patty for sure here!
For those of you who have asked, you’d probably think that the women are a letdown – not NEARLY as many pretty women here as there are back in the states. But man, when you do see a pretty one – HOLY SHIT! Like perfect, incredible smelling dolls. The best have been French girls of Japanese decent – alabaster girls with perfect skin and jet black hair speaking French. So, there you go.
But the food is hands down the best thing. I ate at the French equivalent of Denny’s while I was stuck overnight in Paris and, dude, best meal of my life no shit. AND IT WAS A DUMP!!!
My place here at SCAD is cool, I’ve got a four bedroom villa all to myself with my own bathroom and kitchen. The only thing is that the ceilings are low cuz it’s medieval, shorter people way back when and I’ve hit my head on the rafters twice.
Lacoste is a small country town and driving in, the rural part of France looked like a bad suburb of L.A. but minus the strip malls – rocky, nasty, with shitty trees. But when I got to Lacoste, whoah man, the valley opened up and it’s something else! I’ll send some pictures as soon as Ray (my coworker) forwards me the ones we took today (I don’t have a camera).
I’ve been away from the SAV for a while now and as cool as Boston and France is, I’m really beginning to appreciate home. Not homesickness, but a healthy understanding of what’s great about the south, and Savannah in particular.
Classes begin today, and I’m very grateful. Thanks for your patience people while I took some time off at the holidays and for travel. Hope y’all like the new header at the top, it’ll stay that way for my duration here in the Old World!