17.01.2011 - 17.01.2011 7 °C
Did some stuff around the apartment...Danielle came over to change the trucs (things) that make the lights go on and off. Very old kind of system. This is because I blew the fuse of the bathroom light, trying to dry my hair. I must be the millionth girl to have done this. Didn't bother looking at the watts that my converter could hold...opps.
Went to Carrefour, the grocery store. Chez les Francais, you have to weigh your veggies/fruits/loose items. They don't weigh for you at the counter. Weird. You put your bag on the scales, press the corresponding photo of the goods, and it prints out a sticker for you to put on your plastic bag. I got a bit confused at one point and asked the woman next to me where a photo of a huge cucumber was. She told me that if they sell by "each," then I don't need a sticker. We ended up talking for some 15 minutes. She's been to NY and in other countries like China and Egypt. Interesting lady.
The French have the biggest tomato aisle I've ever seen. All kinds, all sizes. There's a funny one called "tomates pour salade" (tomatos for salad), that is all funky and curvy on all sides.
And, I don't know where you get your lychees from, but I'm now getting mine cheap from Madagascar :-) All the loose goods have the country of origin written by the price. Avocados from Israel (! I definitely got a couple to show my support), Coconuts from Reunion (island near Madagascar), and other stuff from Brazil, the States, Spain, ect.
Went back home and made a recipe that Danielle made for Marie and I yesterday. Pasta with sauce made out of tomato paste, olive oil, and capers. Danielle added anchovies and thyme. Instead, I had basil and garlic. It was yummy. I also made the mushroom/potato burekas that I bought at the kosher store. Very filling! Unfortunately, only one out of the four burners on the stove works. This means that I have to learn to be patient and slow...like the French. Thank goodness the oven works. But it's difficult to know if it's off or not. And I'm paying the electricity, which Danielle says is expensive in France.
Tried to go to Orange again today to buy the 3G USB for internet. 30 Euro a month. Not terrible. But they need my bank account info, which I didn't take with. Hopefully my parents can scan my checkbook page and I can print it out here.
IES orientation starts tomorrow. Can't wait to meet everyone!!