I don’t think life gets any better than it is right this moment. I’m sitting outside of a small French café eating and drinking; watching the people stole by. This past week has been, by far, the best week in France yet. The things we’ve seen and the people we’ve met have been simply incredible.
With our final days in Toulouse we traveled, ate amazing food and hung out with some very cool people. Probably one of the most interesting moments last week was when we traveled to Rockford cheese to learn about the rich history and unique process they use to make their world-famous cheeses. Seeing the caves and all the cheese wheels wasn’t nearly as unique as meeting the master ager of said cheese and the head of international business. I was very humbled by the fact that two of the most important people at the facility would take time out of their busy day to meet us and talk with us for a few minutes, they are masters of their respective fields. I had a very interesting conversation with the lady in charge of international business because for once I final could finally hold a interesting conversation about something we were learning about, biodiversity is a little over my head. I would love to be their business partner and bring Rockford to Texas! (Like that’ll ever happen! But a man can dream..) Another unique experience last week was visiting the cave paintings in the mountains, I was again very humbled to see something that was 14,000 years old. Who gets to do that!? I like that we spent a lot of time outside the classroom last week, I learned so much more walking around than I ever did in a lecture. Our last night in Toulouse was spent out on the town with our good friend Elie, man did we have a good time eating Lebanese food and enjoying the night life one last time.
Okay now we are in PARIS! Holy crap I never thought I would fall in love with a city so fast, well aside from Barcelona. Everyone I have talked to so far has been incredibly nice and willing to help me get through the language barrier; still kicking myself for not knowing more French. So far we have seen the Louve, Notre Dame and parts of the Eifel Tower; man is this city beautiful. I really enjoyed visiting the outside of Notre Dame, I could probably sit there all day in the sun and people watch like I did yesterday. I look forward to see what the rest of this city has to offer and I’m sure that I wont have a shortage of things to write about as the week continues.
Fair well for now,
Anthony Bourdain (I wish)
“I eat, I write, I drink and I’m hungry for more”