Tuesday, April 25, 2006

“She eez back!”

(flamboyant Mariachi trumpet solo)

whew Yeah, I’m back. During my vacation I was in Avignon, Paris (Asnières-sur-Seine)*, Avignon, Cavaillon, Maubec, Gordes, Roussillon, Les Taillades, Cheval Blanc, wilderness at the feet of the Petit Luberon, the Abbaye de Sénanque, Bonnieux, Avignon, Les Baux, St. Rémy, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, Avignon, Paris, Paris (Versailles), Vernon, Giverny, Paris (Asnières-sur-Seine), Paris (Vincennes), Lyon, Ambérieu-en-Bugey, Jujurieux, Pérouge, a neighboring town I forget the name of, Ambérieu-en-Bugey, Lyon, Avignon, and finally back to Cavaillon. Again: WHEW!

[*bold cities indicate where I slept]

Yes, I have stories. Yes, I have photos. Yes, I still plan to post about England in the near future. But yes, I return to teaching tomorrow! So for now, I have a project for YOU: Would you help me brainstorm traveling songs? My “host aunt” (if you will) is in a cabaret that’s putting together a show as though they’re flying around the world. That means that any general traveling, flying, or fun destination songs are fair game. English, French, or other languages… this is just the brainstorming phase! Here’s my current list:

-42nd Street
-500 Miles
-500 Miles Away From Home
-A Cappella in Acapulco
-A Whole New World
-America (West Side Story)
-Back in the U.S.S.R.
-California Dreaming
-California Girls
-Come Fly With Me
-Fly Me to the Moon
-Georgia On My Mind
-Hotel California
-I Left My Heart In San Fransisco
-Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
-On Broadway
-Somewhere Beyond the Sea
-Sweet Home Alabama

Suggestions or comments are welcome. :o)

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Humm hm hm-m-mm… (On the road again…)

I just think of that scene every time I leave on vacation. :o)

This, actually, is a very special vacation: my mom, sister Bess, and Aunt Amy are coming to spend ten days with me! If all goes to plan, I’ll be able to greet them at their gate in Charles de Gaulle tomorrow morning. Praise God a lot because things have already come together much better than such a procrastinator as I deserves. I marvel at how He directs my path!

Please pray for safe travels and connections all around. Thanks!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

April’s Fish!

In France, April 1st is referred to as Poisson d’avril (pronounced “pwah-saw (nasal) dah-vreel”, meaning “April’s Fish”). The day’s traditional blague (pronounced "blahg", meaning "joke") is to stealthily attach a paper fish to the back of an unsuspecting victim. However, there’s always the freedom to branch out. :o) Oh, and of course once the stunt’s been pulled, you point and laugh at the butt of the joke and say, “Poisson d’avril!”

No foolin’.