This week is la “Semaine du Developpment Durable à l’X”, or Sustainability Week at Polytechnique. The sustainability club planned a bunch of activities throughout the week, including creating a “relaxation lounge” in the Grand Hall with a bunch of plants and cushions to sit on as well as nature movies projected in the background. It’s quite intricate, but also very peaceful.
They serve mint tea all day and people come by just to hang out and work, so I spent my Tuesday afternoon drinking tea and doing research on petroleum platforms (Let’s be honest, I wrote some blog posts and surfed the internet after about 20 minutes. But at least I tried to be productive).
I bought a little white flowery plant to keep in my room, and I’m pretty excited about it. It has a good chance of dying before I leave, but I’m going to try really hard.
The sustainability club also prepared a dinner for students with ingredients from Polytechnique’s garden on Monday night, which was apparently delicious but I didn’t get to go. You see, we had to reserve our places ahead of time by filling out a Google form, which I did, but when I got there on Monday night my name wasn’t on the list. I found out later that I had accidently switched my first and last names on the form, which is why they couldn’t find “Lopez” on the list. Freakin France and their backwardness. At least I got the date right and didn’t try to show up sometime in June (because it was 06/10/2014).