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Archive for August, 2010

11 Days to Paris

The two week countdown has begun. 11 days left in the states before I ship off to Paris!

This is starting to feel too good to be true. Do I really have my ticket purchased, my passport, my visa, my birth certificate, and my french bank account?!?? YES! This is happening. I am leaving this all behind. 

Although I speak as if I will never return, I will have to. Unfortunately my visa expires at some point. So many things are running through my mind … : What will my apartment look like? Will I live close to where my classes are? Will there be a lot of Americans in my program? Will I have to get a job? How long will my dissertation be? Will I be able to express myself in French?

Yikes! This is overwhelming yet exciting. My adrenaline is pumping and I will close my eyes soon and awake in Paris, France. 

While I’m counting down I will also continue to clean and discard. I am leaving my worldly possessions behind. (Much to the delight of my sister who happens to wear the same sizes.)

I’m putting America in my hindsight and Paris is on the horizon. 

Watch out Europe. Here I come!


Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor, NY is a great place to relax for the weekend or for the summer. I love the town and have been going there in the summers for the last 6 years. 

The best local watering hole is Murf’s. LOVE MURF’S. Although it’s under new management and there have been a few changes, it’s still a great place to hang and chat it up with the locals and the yacht deckhands. The last time I was there I had some drinks, sang and played air guitar to the songs from the juke box. Ring toss I’m not very good at. I’m still working at darts but cannot hang with the best (Maeve). 

The Farmer’s Market is every Saturday in the summer and they have really great stuff. I bought some beautiful sunflowers and some spicy/sour pickles.

Water skiing, tubing, swimming and sun bathing are all great activities to do on a nice day. Of course you could also go fishing or just tanning out on your boat or yacht. Whatever summer activities you enjoy, the Hamptons and Sag Harbor has it all. 

I’d also suggest watching the sunset on the beach at night. It’s very beautiful. 

If you are looking for drinks, Murf’s or the Corner Bar I’d recommend. However, although it’s in Long Island, long island iced teas are not served at Murf’s!!! (WHAT THE ??) 

The bartender told us, and I quote, “They cause too many problems.”

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