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Winning IvyPrez Idol Can Get you Far

25 Mar

Well, he was voted IvyPrez Idol a year ago by IvyGate, and this year he may be World Bank Prez.

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Home – with or without an Uppercase – Where is Home?

16 Feb

I know, “Home” is a strange topic for a blog on eating your way through the world. I was… shall we say pushed by my friend Emily. If you don’t believe me, read her blog entry entitled My Identity Crisis. I was innocently leaving a comment and she challenged me to explore the topic on my blog, which is always in need of fresh material.

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Life Unemployed 2010: Boston, Peru, Kentucky, Europe

24 Oct

The Boston Stage
27-29 July 2010

Everybody knows that the best way to relax after a rough period at work is to rest your bones on an island… so the day after leaving the World Bank I was wandering on Georges Island — mmm the sun, the tiny islands around, the geese, the cannons, the jails, the bitter wind, the ghost… Yes, not quite a Caribbean island but it’s full of history and a stone-throw away from Boston – perfect for an afternoon excursion away from deadlines.
Ghost story coming up

Year in Review – 2009

28 Dec

In case you were wondering, this is what I have been up to this past year:

JANUARY
feels so far away and yet I can remember as if it were yesterday the sweet taste of San Francisco’s chocolate melting in my mouth. A certain Obama was being celebrated in freezing Washington, DC, but I was enjoying the sun and my friend Alison in the Bay. We did a lot of walking and exploring, but really my taste buds have better memories than my feet!
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Year in Review – 2008

28 Dec

Now you know where I was all this time!

JANUARY: I moved in to my new apartment on December 30, 2008 and spent the weekend unpacking and getting comfortable in my new surroundings. I lived in a tiny studio for five and a half years but once the building was bought by a new company that wanted to sell the apartments, it was time to upgrade. I have been here a year now and I still enjoy the view everyday (roofs roofs roofs). It’s still a studio, but much more spacious and instead of having one tissue box reachable from every corner as I used to in my old apartment, I need THREE boxes strategically placed!

Once I was settled, it was time to travel! I went to Austria to visit my older sister and her family. I am going to sound like an old out-of-touch auntie, but boy do children grow fast! Thankfully my nephew and niece are not teenagers yet so they were eager play board games with me!

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December in Washington

31 Dec

31 December 2007

Hard to believe but once again the end of the year snuck up on me! My wish for 2008 is that it goes by slowly! Unless I am not traveling because Washington is a boring city and I want time to fly when I am stuck here. After 2 months of daily discoveries in Malawi and 2 weeks of pampering in Ireland, my lifestyle screeched to a halt.

Métro-boulot-dodo as we say in French, except that I don’t take the metro. I walk to work (the second part), which is eminently boring at this point because nothing is happening. So boring in fact, that all I have to do is catch up on stuff I was too busy to do over the summer or while in Malawi. Tragic. The third part (dodo) is working well for me – especially since every other week I catch another cold and fight it with Nyquil (Hello. My name is Janique and I am a Nyquil-olic), which knocks you out for 8 hours.

To kill time, I watch movies. Like just before coming here I watched “Enchanted,” which ends on a happily-ever-after note – totally normal since it’s a Disney movie stealing clichés from fairy tales – good for the soul. Before that, I returned my apartment keys since I moved on Saturday and have a whole new set! I new my efficiency was small, but I realize it better now that I actually have to walk more than one step to go from the couch to the sink, the bathroom, the table and even my bed. I am exercising more! One resolution done – yeah! My second resolution – and last because you don’t want to overdo it – is to socialize more… I have been pretty good in the first half of December.

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Year in Review – 2007

28 Dec

What was I doing when and where? Here are the answers to all your questions

January

The year started really well since DC was enjoying a very mild winter and we were in t-shirts. When the cold weather was on its way, I flew to better climates: Thailand, Lao PDR (hanging out with Nanda), Cambodia – 3 weeks of heat, sun and Asian food. Delicious!
February and the rest of the family coming