Thursday, October 2, 2008


The Compensator and I have decided to make an announcement. It's something we are excited about and have waited a long time for. Wait for it... Don't jump to conclusions just yet... No, it's not that... It's something we're doing. Guess again. It's fun and exciting and will provide us with many opportunities to take photos. Nope, not that... Okay, I'll just tell you.

What we are so excited about is we are going to Europe. We are leaving in two weeks and will be there for two weeks. Super exciting! TC and I have wanted to travel to Europe for years, but our travel budget has always been dedicated to visiting family in the land down under (not that land down under, different hemisphere). But we decided that as a capstone to the whole The Compensator is done with school celebration, we will travel to Europe and see Spain, Italy, France and England, in a very abbreviated way. We will only have a few days in each place, so we'll have to make the most of our time.

What we realized is that despite our love for travel, we have only once traveled entirely for pleasure, and that was last year when we went to Disneyland. There was no hidden agenda of visiting people or anything. Just pure, unadulterated fun. And boy was it fun. So we are hoping to have more of that this trip: just fun and sightseeing and touristy activities involving fanny packs, Hawaiian shirts and cameras. (Just kidding on the fanny pack. I'd rather perforate my eyelids than wear a fanny pack. And from what I understand it's not polite to say the word "fanny" in England. I need to brush up on my British.)

Speaking of languages, I need to brush up on my French. Despite the fact that I studied French for 5 years, the only phrases I remember are the following:
1. Qu'est-ce que c'est? C'est nous partouts dans la foret. (Which translates to What is it? It's us everywhere in the forest. This will be useful when we are in the forest of Paris and want to announce that we are all over the place.)
2. Tu veux une claque et allez a coucher sans diner? (This will be useful when I want to ask a native Parisian if they want a slap and to go to bed without dinner.)
3. Les tomates sonnes ecrase. (This will be helpful in a street market when I want to explain that I do not want to buy those particular tomatoes because they are crushed.)
4. J'ai faim. (Okay so this one is actually useful. I can announce to all of Paris as if they cared that I, humble American who speaks really no French, am hungry.)
5. Je suis fatigue. (I'm tired. It could come in handy. I'm sure it could. Yeah. I'm imagining it now, in my head.)
6. Fromage. (Cheese. It's not a phrase, but it could come in handy.)
7. Je m'appelle Gordita. (My name is Gordita. I can introduce myself to any French-speaker I see. Of course, the conversation will have to end there unless they are interested in hearing about how the tomatoes are crushed and that we're everywhere in the forest.)
8. Zut alors! (It's an exclamation. I am not aware of the actual meaning. But the French chef in the movie "The Little Mermaid" says it. "Zut alors! I have missed one. Sacre bleu! What is this? How on earth could I miss such a sweet little succulent crab?")
9. Je voudrais... (I would like... Now if only I knew how to say words other than fromage and tomates.)

That's just my French. That's not saying anything about my Spanish (luckily TC can take care of that one for me), nor my Italian (which consists of lasagne, bologna, fortifica tuo fratelli, and Ferrari).


  1. Congratulations! I loved Europe! I went in the summer of 2004 and I'm dying to go back again! I went to France and England--simply amazing! Is this the same Europe trip Kacy is going on? Either way, ya'll will have a great time! Are you doing it as a package deal through a travel site or did you plan it all yourself? Wow, so many questions...sorry

  2. Europe is fantastic! Have a great time!

  3. Congratulations on the birth of your new... trip!! That is awesome. If I were to get jealous, it would be now. Yup. I'm jealous.

  4. Yay for Europe and no agenda!! I am super jealous and super excited for you. Should be fun. Will you be back by November 2nd? That's when we'll be back in the 18th ward blessing Beatrice. We'd love to see you and hear of your adventures...HAVE FUN!!

  5. Ok, you've got to be the funniest blogger know! You are so funny. Ok, I know how to say "chocolate eclair" in French. It's kinda tricky, but here it is: "eclair chocolat". So you could say "je vuderai (or however you spell it) eclair chocolat". It worked for me. Or at least I think what I got was an eclair.


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