farewell tour de france: the north

Do you remember 15 years ago, when calling someone still mostly meant using a landline? Video calling was just being invented; Skype was established in 2003, using peer to peer technology used by Napster and Kazaa, but did not become mainstream for a good 5 or 6 years. Fifteen years ago, I could never have imagined delivering a master thesis defense virtually (Mounting a thesis defence? Are catapults involved? I never seem to know the right terminology…). I’ve had meetings over Skype, even interviewed for jobs over Skype. I had the option of defending my thesis via Skype, rather than flying back to France, but all the technology in the world cannot replicate the experience of being there, so I chose to do it the old fashioned way. Come on, the virtual wine and cheese study sessions just would not have been the same!

Read More

(love is like a) sweet cave

Well that’s it. 3.5 months in Bordeaux done, and I’m on my way home.  I’m starting this post sitting in the Merignac airport, a 45 minute bus ride from my apartment near Place de la Victoire.  My bag is stuffed with Christmas gifts for the family, and a long list of things I need to bring back with me upon my return in two weeks. I’m not bringing much wine home, thanks to Canadian alcohol tariffs (and also because I haven’t been able to successfully build up my collection to a point where there is enough to bring anywhere – someone keeps drinking it!)

The Pessac city hall gets a festive facelift

The Pessac city hall gets a festive facelift

Read More