French National Day
So, being a good French, I couldn’t miss the Bastille Day celebrations that went on in New York and Brooklyn on July 12th!
To be honest, I think it is pretty amazing all that is done to celebrate this French National Day! I mean, it is still the U.S. and I was not expecting that much enthusiasm for a foreign holiday but I am glad 🙂
A little history
I think that you all know about Bastille Day, but I thought I would write a brief paragraph about it!
In France, this day is called La Fête Nationale, meaning The National Celebration. If this day is that important for France it is because it commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille, which happened on July 14 1789. This pulled the end of the absolute monarchy and was followed by the end of the society of orders and privileges as well as the unity of the French people on July 14 1790.
This day is celebrated all over France with fireworks, and the largest and oldest military parade being held on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. If you ever get a chance, go see the fireworks at the Eiffel Tower, it is so wonderful! Although I do like, Bergerac– my little home town’s fireworks, which are music-themed each year (this year theme is “Bergerac a city, a port”).
Day of Celebration and Fireworks
This 4th of July was my second in the U.S. The first being in Rehoboth Beach, DE, at the beach and this one being in New York City.
For this 4th of July weekend, a good friend from Rider University, who lives and interns in New Jersey, came up to New York. It gave us time to catch up and have some fun.
On this day of American celebration, so dear to my American friend, he made me go through a U.S. trivia… Yeah, a little culture is not bad, right? Typical of him, he just knows so much that he wants to share his knowledge… I guess! Well it wasn’t so bad.
New York, New York
Hey folks! It has been a while seen I haven’t written an article here… Sorry about that, but between the graduation, the moving to New York, and the start and end of a job, I have been busy.
But here I am again, ready to write! So, I wanted to write a special article, about New York, as it is now the city I am living in. I must say that its pretty cool, New York being such an amazing and vibrant city!
College year: Retrospective
I don’t think I have ever mentioned it yet, but I arrived in the U.S. last August, and landed directly in New Jersey. Not so glamorous, I know ahah. So I have spent the year studying at Rider University, a quite small and cute university in Lawrenceville. I majored in Marketing and International Business, and this year has been my Senior year. Graduation is coming up, on May 15th. The end is so close now, that I wanted to finally share my experience here!
Picture 1: Rider University; Picture 2: Fountain at Rider’s lake
Useful tips for job interviews in the U.S.
So… Since I am graduating this May, I might as well do my best to get a job, right? I first searched a lot in Europe (except France), as I really wanted to go back there and be closer to my family and friends. But after a hundreds application sent and no answers or some negative ones, I gave up on Europe, and focused on the U.S.
I wanted to share some useful tips with you!
1. It’s going fast: I sent my resumé the night before or in the morning and got calls during the afternoon to set up an interview.
2. Be prepared to move: Most of the companies will ask you for a face-to-face interview, regardless of where you live.
3. Use sites such as: CareerBuilder, ZipRecruiter, Monster …
So, after our 2 days driving South, we finally got to arrive at our beach house (rented through HomeAway) in the Gulf Shoes!
What did we do?
Honestly, we did not do much! We spent every morning on the beach, each sun bathing or walking along the ocean. Most afternoons were spent on the beach as well, with the guys playing frisbee, football, soccer, or building sandcastle and the girls talking and sunbathing. But we did not get bored for a second! The time went fast, too fast even.
By the way, for our first day on the beach, we did not have any sunscreen and we did not worry about it because we thought the that sun was not that strong. But it was. It does not take much to get sunburn, especially when its the first sun you exposed to! So, do not forget the sunscreen!
WOW! I have a bunch of things to tell you guys about my Springbreak. It was so amazing and we had such a great time! But first things first.
First, all vacations need planning. As a group of eight people, you can imagine that it has not always been easy to agree on everything.
We first thought about going to Chicago, and then to a friend’s lake house in Wisconsin. As going North meant that the weather would still be cold during this period, and may be even colder than in New Jersey, our American friend suggested that we go to Mobile, Alabama. We liked the idea, and decided to go even more South, in either the Gulf Shores or Pensacola. Our decision stopped on Gulf Shores, located in the Gulf of Mexico. We looked at house rentals and ended up agreeing on one situated close to Fort Morgan, at the tip of the island.
After putting many efforts to finally rent a house that everyone agreed on, we went through the car rental process. Hopefully, our American friend already has a car, so we had only one other to rent. Here, we debated about adding a second driver, which company to rent it from, and encountered obstacles such as the age limit for the second driver. In the end, we rented a Jeep Cherokee from Avis at a pretty affordable price and managed to have two drivers insured.
Knowing that we were going to enjoy some beach time really increased our excitement!
Photo 1: Our road trip itinerary; Photo 2: On the road