If you have been reading my blog as of late, I am certain you have read about Toulouse, or Rotary's attempt at a Model United Nations. Here are some of the wonderful things I have learned at Toulouse, surronded by over 400 other exchange student, representing 29 different world nations.
1.] There are bigger rivalries than the Yankee's verses the Red Sox.
-Aussie's vs. The Kiwi's
-Canada vs. The United States of America that Canada THINKS actually cares
-Johannesburg vs. Cape Town
-Mexico vs. The US of A (in off tune singing of our national anthems)
-Argentina vs. Brazil (in soccer)
-Vegemite vs. Nutella vs. Dulce de Leche vs. Peanut Butter
-The French vs. The Rest of the World
2.] Everyone takes fun things to school no matter where they come from.
~Australian: So you live in the Patagonia region of Argentina, right?"
~ Argentinian: Yeah, do you know the really cold part?
~Australian: 'Course, so yeah, um... do you take Penguins to school?
~ Argentinian: You are an idiot.
~Australian: Hey Hey! I am Australian, do you know how many times people have asked if I ride Kangaroo's to school? So where are the South Africans, I wanna ask them if they take Lions!
*American: Someone just asked me if I have a bible in public school!
*Jules: Oh yeah I get that one too, just after I explain that not all Americans eat Big Mac's three times a day and own hand guns.
3.] The whole world is bad at Geography.
~Julie: Oh, hey, you are from Germany? Where abouts?
~German: I'm from Essen- in Northern Westfalen. Do not know if you know it, but it i pretty famous, it has a UNESCO World heritage site.
~Julie: Of course I know it! I passed through during the Sprng vacation, when I stayed with a good friend in Bielefeld in Northern Westfalen! Do you know Bielefeld?
~German: No, actually, sorry. I am not very good at Geography, my Dad says I should have been born an American. So where are you from originally?
-Julie: Hey I can not believe our hostel is in the middle of a big field with nothing. it must look like home in Iowa, hunh, Danielle?
-Julie: I'm sorry to pick on Iowa as much as I do. But at least I know where it is!
-Danielle: Don't worry, and it is good you know where it is.
-Julie: Yeah, I mean, Iowa, come on! It is just like a square stqte with a big zit.
-Julie: Oh wow, you are from Brisbane?
-Ausralian: Yeah, you know it? But actually, when I get back I am going to move to Townsville for Uni.
-Julie: AHHH! One of my best friends live there, she goes to James Cook! Yeah for Townsville!
-American: Did you just say Townsville? "The City of Townsville.... the POWERPUFF GIRLS!"
-Julie: Oh dear, God.
4.] Even in a foreign country, everyone likes a little taste of home. This is what we had all brought:
-Argentinian: Dulce de Leche
-French Rotarians: Nutella
5.] The French Treat Their Own Country Like Poop
*After the bus dumping it's septic tank in the middle of the road incident, see previous blog entry for details.
Canadian: The French treat their country like shit... literally.
~American: Next time someone dumps crap on the road, let's all yell, "You have been Rotaried" or "With sincerest intentions and cordial love from Rotary."
*Canadian: Why did you guys dump the septic tank all over the road! it was disgusting!
*French Rotarain: It is biodegradable.
6.] Everyone is a little bit patriotic, even if they do not want to admit it.
Julie: Okay guys they are playing the Star Spangled Banner, get up on the chair and scream your loudest. We can not let those Mexicans beat us!
-Australian: Dude, you guys sounded horrible when you sang your anthem. Yeah- you were the loudest but you blew out the rest of our ears.
-American: Shut up you stupid Aussie- what the hell does Advance Australia's Fair even mean? And plus, WE CAN DO IT!
7.] We have all been in French-fryed.
French Rotarian: I see you have grapes on your blazer, are you from Burgundy, Bordeaux, r maybe Alsace?
Julie: I'm a Burgundy girl, through and through.
French ROtarian: Where in?
Julie: Little town outside of Dijon in the Cote de Nuits. Perhaps you know Fixin?
French Rotarian: Oh Course I know Fixin. Now tell me, which do you prefer, Fixin or Gevrey-Chambertin?
Julie: Hands down, Gevrey-Chambertin. However, if you are eating a red meat dish, you can not pass up a tough hard wine, such as Fixin. Plus the Chardonnay of Fixin is really quite good, and you can find Chardonnay in Gevrey-Chambertin. So I suppose it all depends on the circumstances when you are choosing the wine.
French Rotarian: HAHAHAHAHAHA.... I love it, and 18 year-old American girl is giving me advice on French wine.
-Brittany B.: My host parents give my host sister Morning After pills at the dinner table.
-Julie: My 14 year-old host brother has sleepovers with his girlfriend all the time at the house.
-Australian: My host brother grows Marijuana in his bedroom.
-Canadian: My Rotary can not make it through a meeting without someone drinking too much.
-Julie: What happened to the days when these things used to alarm us?
-Brittany B.: Yeah we have been here too long.