Margaux Rhymes with Fargo

mostly entertaining stories about my life


Study Abroad

“Life-size foosball and crêpes during class” or “They actually get paid to do this?!”

For some background, Ecole Polytechnique is a military school and the students that are lucky enough to get accepted actually get a monthly stipend to support their studies (and pay no tuition).  In return, they do about six months of... Continue Reading →

What not to do during an oral presentation in a foreign language

The whole French language thing has actually been going pretty well for me. I understand professors during lecture, and I’ve gotten much better at following and chiming in to conversations among other students. However, my latest struggle came when I... Continue Reading →

French banks don’t actually have any money

I'm incredibly excited to be home! I am definitely ready to be done with the whole ridiculous story with the bank/phone company/housing office/Caltech study abroad office. On the bright side, I have some good stories to tell. On the day before I... Continue Reading →

Quotable Quotes 9

Since it is my last day in Paris, it's only fitting that I end this series of funny French quotes with one of my own. When I got on the airplane to leave, I sent a text message to my... Continue Reading →

Quotable Quotes 8

So I've always thought that the saying "it's raining cats and dogs" was pretty strange because it doesn't actually have a shred of literal sense. But the French one-upped us again.  They say "il pleut comme vache qui pisse" which... Continue Reading →

Quotable Quotes 7

So, in French "vrai vie" translates to "real life" or "reality".  Except Cedric's solid state professor who teaches in English kept talking about silicon in "true life".  So now we know a true life French gangsta.

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