You’d think we’d never seen a pain-de-chocolate or something, given the extreme excitement going on around here 🙂 We’ve been in Barra for a week, and I won’t even tell you how much we’ve spent on French pastries, cuz I’m actually a little ashamed***!!! But those croissants, those tartes-de-pomme, those baguettes!
One of the highlights for me has been the chance to practice my French again. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always go exactly as planned… For example, the first morning I asked for “dos croissants s’il vous plait“, which is pretty much Sprench at its best.
This morning might take the cake though; the French baker asked me how I was liking the weather, and I replied “je t’aime” (as in, “I love you”). His head tweaked a little, but he wasn’t even ruffled; I think he’s used to a jangle of languages getting plied on him! And Jon thought it was quite funny that I was professing my love to the French baker, but I told him I was just after those pain-de-chocolats 🙂
Well we’re sitting in a small restaurant here in Barra, eating pancakes (Jon) and strawberry smoothies (me) while I try to have a work meeting on Skype. If you can forget for a minute that I’m trying to have a legitimate work conversation, the scene is really quite comical: Mexican roosters crowing, cars driving down the street blaring some commercial for tomatoes over their loudspeaker, internet cutting out every 5-10 minutes, a power connection that runs 80% of the time, and the smell of chile chiquillas in the background… *sigh* thank goodness I work for a seriously understanding lady!!