No Stress

I forgot a great techno song that they play here all the time. Laurent Wolf is French but he sings in English, like many French artists. Enjoy…. especially if you are really stressed out (for all of my Michiganders going through midterms right now):

Laurent Wolf – No Stress

Musique Populaire

Following is a list of recommended music that was popular during my study abroad time 208-2009:

Zaho – La Roue Tourne (which means “the road changes”)

I like to think of this artist at the Alicia Keys in French, she has some smooth RnB. She was born in Algeria and now lives in Montreal, Canada. My favorite part of the song is at about 1 minute.

Lea Castel – Presse De Vivre (which translates into “pressed to live”)

Stanislas – La Belle de Mai (the beauty of May)

This is a very poetic and beautiful song. Gives me goosebumps, so please listen.

Gregoire – Toi + Moi (you plus me)

I find this one very fun and like taking a little skip with your boo through the park on a sunny day.

Kylian Mash & Laurent Konrad – C’est beau la bourgeoisie (the high-class is beautiful)

I DO NOT recommend this for everyone. Techno is REALLY big here, so for those of you who like going to the club and dancing this is for you. I would compare this to the likes of Lady Gaga. Let’s Dance.

A Social Democracy

Horray for social democracies!

I get 70% of my healthcare payed for by the French government…and I am a foreigner!

The U.S. pays little to nothing. French citizens only have good things to say about their Universal Healthcare (100% covered whether it be the common cold or terminal cancer) and no complaints about a slow or bad system.

**El gobierno de Francia paga 70% de mi asistencia sanitaria, mientras que en los Estados Unidos mi Papa paga muchs plata cada mes para nuestro seguro. Y eso que soy extranjera! Aqui el gobierno paga 100% para los ciudadanos, y no se quejan del systema.

Dorm Life – La Vie En Rose

I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix! I’m in Aix!

Now, after being so excited about that: I believe that with so many good things happening to me, of course there had to be one bad thing.

My dorm is so ugly and small and BLAHHHhhh. I was stuck with no electricity for about 3 days, which was not bad, just a nuisance. Also, my room has bad internet connection, no drawers, a small bed, dirty and plain looking surfaces, and the list goes on. I mean, I “ain’t Bougie,” right? I will put up a panoramic picture of it as soon as I finish decorating it a little.

As for the positive side of things:
-All girls dorm = cleaner
-SWEET floormates: Kesi (pronounced Case-e) from Wisconsin, Suzanne from England (she is half Mexican), 2 Irish girls, 2 German girls and 2 French girls I really like!
This view from my window:

View of Aix from the Cite Universitaire (my dorm)

View of Aix from the Cite Universitaire (my dorm)

To the right, one can see the beautiful mountain Saint Victoire, and to the left you can see downtown Aix, where my University is located.