Saturday, December 5, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Cristophe Mae, "Mon p'tit gars"
This is the song which apparently was popular with the teenage girl crowd recently. It sounds like a pop-py love song but he's actually singing about his baby son. I heard this song on the radio at an internet cafe and had Thomas (who speaks French) write down some of the lyrics so I could find out what it was.
Edith Piaf, "La vie en rose"
Maurice Chevalier, "Ca sent si bon la France"
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
So I'm planning a trip out west and am looking at motels to stay at along the way. I think we'll be staying in the middle-of-nowhere, Kansas the first night. This is the photo for the least expensive place I could find. I guess the fact that the motel chooses to feature 4 withered houseplants as their main photo probably indicates that their room service menu is not too extensive.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Since we were in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, I don't think spoken Irish was required in the schools. However, down in Cork (and maybe the rest of the Republic of Ireland) I think that every school kid learns Irish and actually has to take an Irish proficiency test on the college entrance exams. Just as a casual observer, it seems to me that the language issue is deeply rooted in the politics and history of the island, rather than in education or language. Even in Cork where everyone had studied Irish, very few people actually spoke it. Preserving the native language seems to be more of a point of national pride or national heritage...which I think is a good thing in a place with such a fascinating and complex history. As to whether school kids should be made to learn Irish, who knows?
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
This is the "crazy shot" picture from my friends Chris and Amanda's wedding in Hawaii last summer. I think the picture turned out really well. We're all crazy and have having fun in the sun and whatnot. I actually didn't think the picture was going to turn out at all. Worse, I thought I might have ruined it. I am the one leaping there in the middle. On the first try I misjudged my leap, didn't go up high enough, was off center, and accidentally landed on the gown a little bit (oops, sorry Amanda). However, we did a retake, I nailed the jump like Tonya Harding sticking a triple axel, and photographic history was made.
(ps-I didn't take the picture myself...I stole it from Facebook...)
Sunday, April 12, 2009
St. Peter's Basilica...it was rainy and at night, so my pictures of Vatican City didn't turn out all that great. And by the time we made it up to the door, visiting hours were over.
I think that the pope's apartment is the lighted couple of windows on the top floor on the far right.
Caught in the rain again. You can see 2 street vendors trying to sell us roses behind the guy in blue.
In our hostel's tiny euro elevator.
Rome Metro (subway) sign.
In the Termini metro station, waiting for the train. It's Halloween, hence the ladies are wearing masks.
The Colosseo metro stop.
Random street protest. I think they were protesting something about higher university tuition costs or school fees. We also saw protests in Istanbul and I think a few in Ireland. Maybe I'll have to start another category...