My apologies for the excessive lack of posting over the past two weeks. Trust me, if you could possibly imagine the workload I have had, you would forgive me.
Since being in Paris I have tried so many different foods and eaten things I normally turned down back home. The relationship between my taste buds and I has been a little rocky ever since I introduced them to guinea pig in Peru, but I think we are finally making amends. I think they may be enjoying the time abroad just as much as I am.
As I have previously mentioned, my class at NEGOCIA represent over 14 different nationalities. One of the French students, Naomie, has an Indian background and wanted to share that culture with us. She organized Friday evening for us all to go to an Indian Restaurant in Paris. I had never had Indian cuisine before but I was excited for the night.
By the end of the evening the group consisted of about 25 people, which made for a really fun night with everyone.
Naomie and Me
I would like to point out that in the above picture there are 6 different countries visible. You have France, USA, Spain, Italy, Venezuela, and Mexico. How often is it that one can share a meal with such a vast array of cultures. It really is something special.
The other end of the table represented even more countries including Canada and the UK.
France, USA, Spain, Italy
We spent close to 5 hours at the restaurant and dined on various courses. I enjoyed bread with cheese inside, chicken with Indian Spices, pasta with chicken, and some Indian Cake. In typical NEGOCIA MIB 1 (Masters in International Business, 1st year) style, beer and wine flowed heavily throughout the meal.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind my Grandfather that I am in fact not an alcoholic. With that said, I did enjoy some Indian Beer and Wine.
In my mouth I have some of the cheese bread and on the plate in front of me is the Spiced Chicken
Veronica was not very happy with her food. Her dish looked like Prison food. This is me handing the prisoner her food. Welcome to Prison Vero.
This is Jerome, also known as our resident trash can. The portions at the restaurant were very heavy and Jerome had no problem finishing what everyone could not eat. He is currently enjoying my leftover chicken pasta which can be seen in the oval bowl on the metal tray. Also, please note the napkin bib and 4 other portions of food waiting to be consumed. He had two before this.
Being the sole American in the group, the foreign students come to me with this fascination of learning new things about American Culture. Of course I have taken it upon myself to teach them everything I know. Including:
"Do You Like See-Food?" To which of course they all said yes, so naturally I let them see the food in my mouth...
I guess Ornella really does not like See Food.
I also taught them the old "what is this on your shirt trick" and then pull your finger up and hit them in the face. Classic... Unfortunately there are no pictures of that.
Also, they are always making me sing them American Songs and on this night they wanted to learn Christmas carols. We started with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer... Yes, there are videos. For my sake, you will never see them.