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hi!! i'm piera. i am a 17 year old american girl on a year-long french exchange program via AFS. this is a blog i will be keeping during my stay so that i don't have to send emails to everyone in my family. i will post updates and pictures and stuff, usually around 5-9pm my time (so like 11am-3pm eastern time). hover over this box to see links appear MAGICALLY below

found in the bathroom: spanish mixed hair bleach (unusable); bubble bath (usable)

hahahaha i’m gonna live here for the rest of my life BYE

(we rented a house in dourdogne for a couple days, since it’s easter vacation— the internet’s spotty but EVERYTHING ELSE IS GREAT)

OH MAN so yesterday while i was with the AFS girls, we were hanging out on these weird plastic bench thingies in a public square downtown, and we heard a buzzing noise

so we looked up and there was this MASSIVE CLOUD OF BUGS flying towards us, like easily hundreds of thousands of insects

and i couldn’t tell what they were at first but as they closed in around us i realized they were honeybees, which was both terrifying and awesome

i figure they were probably swarming— it’s early spring, after all, which is a good time for swarming. honeybees swarm when they make a new queen, and one of the queens leaves the hive with about half the worker bees. the leaving party’s goal is to find a new place to make a hive, which i suspect is what these bees were doing.

i wasn’t super concerned about it (although it is pretty nerve-wracking being in a cloud of bees), since swarming bees aren’t aggressive unless you antagonize them— with no hive to defend, there’s no reason to sting. they’re just looking, as we all do, for a new home. i hope they found one.

honeybees are super super interesting animals, and they’re as important as they are interesting! if you want to learn more about honeybees and read sweet comics at the same time, you should acquire the book “clan apis” by jay hosler. it’s one of the books that made me REALLY get into both science and comic books. go buy it yeah!!

une salade roma et un chocolat viennois + macaron de montmorillon

i met four of the other AFS girls in the poitiers agglo region! they’re SO COOL, WOW

we sang a whole lot and talked about all the tv shows and books we like and recommended bands and shows AND IT WAS GREAT

so my history teacher uses powerpoint slides to show pertinent documents during her lectures, and we were going over the french revolution (as part of the “why is there a series of 5 different republics going on in french history, what is the deal with that” unit)

and so she mentioned that the july monarchy was overturned mostly by workers and sans-culottes, who were mostly members of the bourgeoisie who showed their support for workers by ditching those silly leather breeches (culottes) for the more working-class trousers

and she showed the above picture to illustrate that point

so i raised my hand, and pointed out that those guys aren’t actually sans-culottes— they’re wearing breeches, not trousers. and the teacher looked impressed and said that she had been wondering if someone was going to notice, and that probably the artist was incompetent

ONE THOUSAND POINTS TO HOUSE PIERA

so my history teacher uses powerpoint slides to show pertinent documents during her lectures, and we were going over the french revolution (as part of the “why is there a series of 5 different republics going on in french history, what is the deal with that” unit)

and so she mentioned that the july monarchy was overturned mostly by workers and sans-culottes, who were mostly members of the bourgeoisie who showed their support for workers by ditching those silly leather breeches (culottes) for the more working-class trousers

and she showed the above picture to illustrate that point

so i raised my hand, and pointed out that those guys aren’t actually sans-culottes— they’re wearing breeches, not trousers. and the teacher looked impressed and said that she had been wondering if someone was going to notice, and that probably the artist was incompetent

ONE THOUSAND POINTS TO HOUSE PIERA

we are snug as two bugs in a rug

we are snug as two bugs in a rug

so normally on wednesdays i have history at 8 and then 2 hours of gym class and then i’m done with school for the day, but this last wednesday the PE teacher wasn’t there

so i literally woke up at 6am FOR ONE HOUR OF CLASS

anyway so i used my midmorning to find the fanzinothèque, using a couple different maps bc all maps of poitiers seem to end before the area where the fanzinothèque is

BUT EVENTUALLY I FOUND IT

it’s pretty cool! rather smaller than i expected, but cool nonetheless. i have two complaints: one, the building it’s in has really confusing signage; and two, it’s like 80% music/hard punk fanzines and 3% feminist/humor/stuff-i-care-about fanzines

which makes sense, because the music and hard punk scenes are where zines are most popular by a long shot

but still— i was a little let down :(

BUT LOOK AT THIS COOL META FANZINE I GOT

they have a screen-printing lab that i will probably check out 8)))))))

among other things at the meat counter at french harris teeter: a whole skinned rabbit

maybe i can just… catch up on math stuff by proxy

vicarious studying

mathematical osmosis

célestine is going over her physics homework with her mom and i’m kind of listening in

and it’s all math and finding speeds and stuff and i’m like, about to break out in hives

HISSES AND BACKS AWAY

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