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So…there has been a serious lack of posting going on lately, but I am not to blame for this! My computer crashed last week and I have been computerless since then. It has been a serious inconvenience not only just because it makes it almost impossible to blog- but also because most of my class work requires the use of a computer. Needless to say, I am anxiously awaiting the return of my computer- which is at the moment sitting at UNIL “migrating” information. I’m not entirely sure what that entails, but I do know that it has been doing this since last Wednesday. Well, enough about my computer. On to interesting stuff…

I’m working on a borrowed computer, so this will have to be fairly brief, but I would like to update everyone on some recent events.

Item #1:
TEXAS PARTY!
So yesterday Chelsey, Amber and I hosted a Texas themed party on the roof of Triaudes (my residence). We had endless amounts of “Texas-y” foods and country music and of course country dancing! I must add here that I am not a proficient dancer, and the country dancing was demonstrated/taught by Chelsey and Amber. I am, on the other hand, fairly proficient in Texas cooking- so we had plenty to eat. For the 30-some-odd guests who attended, we provided chili and cornbread (with the rare and expensive cheddar cheese to sprinkle on top!), some tex-mex food (hard and soft tacos, pico, guacamole, and refried beans), sloppy joes!, lemonade, and sweet iced tea. We also had cake and muffins and various other desserts and drinks that were brought by our gracious guests. I must say that it was a lot of fun- and for a Texas party, there were quite a few languages being thrown around (French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian to name a few). It was a great big international success and hopefully our friends got to experience some Texas hospitality.
Unfortunately, I had forgotten that we had an apartment inspection this morning, so most of the night following the party (and much of the wee hours of the morning) were spent making the place spotless (for this I would like to thank Lionel for helping, even if he didn’t contribute to the mess-making).

Item #2:
l’Art Brut
Otherwise known as Outsider Art in English. Last week our tandem class went on a “field trip” to the Collection de l’Art Brut here in Lausanne. It’s basically a collection of all different forms of art done by non-traditional artists. The term non-traditional is used very loosely here, as is the term artist. Nontheless, it is an extremely interesting museum with all different kinds of paintings, sculptures, and mixed media work. We got in free, but I think normal admittance is fairly inexpensive. I would definitely recommend going to visit the museum to anyone visiting Lausanne. http://www.artbrut.ch/

And now I must bid you all farewell….I’m not sure when I’ll be able to blog again- but I’m hoping that my computer is fixed this week (but then again, I said the same thing last week!)
Ciao :)

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