Sunday, June 10, 2012

I'm Back, Baby!

I'm back home in Oregon now. 
After 26 hours of travelling.
And a frantic phone call to United Thursday morning.
I'm home. 

I balled at the airport. As ususal.

And I looked like this:

But, I'm home and loving it.

Look forward to a wrap up of my week in Paris later this week!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Last Day of Class!

Yesterday was the last day of class at CIDEF, and while I still I have finals, I feel pretty "done".
And I'm not sure how I feel about going home just yet. 
I'm VERY ready to see my family and my friends. 
I'm ready to be in a place where they speak a language I actually understand all the time. 
I'm ready to be in Oregon, I miss my car. 

But at the same time, I'm not ready to go. 
I'm going to miss my new friends.
I'm going to miss going to Paris for the day, just because I can. 
I don't think my French has improved as much as I wanted it to, I'm definitely not fluent. 
But it's ok. 

We took a few photos in my classes yesterday.

Langue 312 

Expression Orale

Thursday, May 24, 2012


In case you didn't know me when I was a tween/teenager, I was OBSESSED with Harry Potter.
I made my parents buy me the 4th Harry Potter book for me in England when we were visiting for a week before we moved there. I had an electronic spell book. I had Quidditch through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them before most Americans knew they existed. The books also somehow corresponded to most of my O'Rourke family reunions in middle school and high school. And my cousins and I really like the books:
My cousin Kathleen
We were sitting on 2 couches that we next to each other, and not talking. Anyway, I LOVE Harry Potter. So when we talked about London, Laura mentioned that this tour was opening, and I was stoked!

So we booked tickets, about 2 months in advance. 
And it only opened about a month ago. 
[i took about 500 photos, but i'll pare it down for you]

Had to start off with Platform 9 3/4

 shuttle from the train station to the studio
astronomy tower 
 pictures in the lobby
flying car 
 cupboard under the stairs
doors to Hogwarts 
 Great Hall
House Points 
 Daniel Radcliffe's first Harry costume
 Yule Ball costumes
Wigs (Draco, Arthur Weasley, Bloody Baron) 
 Snape's wig
Luna's costumes 
Harry Costumes from the 8th movie 
 Harry's bed
 Mirror of Erised (Alyssa, Laura, Me)
 Fat Lady
 Azkaban Number
Philosopher's Stone
Dumbledore's office & Sorting Hat! 
Dumbledore's office 
Invisibility Cloak 
Horcrux: Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem 
Horcrux: Marvolo Gaunt's Ring 
 Horcrux: Helga Hufflepuff's Cup
Horcrux: Tom Riddle's Diary 
 Horcrux: Salazar Slytherin's Locket
 Ministry of Magic
 Weasley Products
 Death Eater Masks
 Broomstick and Green Screen
 Knight Bus!
Privet Drive 
Number Four Privet Drive 
Anamatronic Hagrid Head 
Diagon Alley
 Tiny model of the Gryffindor common room

24:1 Scale Model of Hogwarts that they used to film 
 Me in front of the model

Laura and I 
 Daniel Radcliffe's name in Ollivander's shop
J.K. Rowling!
 Trying on a Gryffindor Robe! (fits perfect!)
Laura and my glasses! 
I got the official guide, a shirt, glasses and a wand at the studio and then Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone plus Tales of Beedle the Bard at the book store at Platform 9 3/4 
Hermione's Wand
Butterbeer! [Laura, Alyssa, Zoe, Me, and Laura]
In the front! 


I want to go back again. 

But in all seriousness, you should go.