Ten questions from OvenMitt for Panda about their trip to Nice so far

Right now, Panda and OvenMitt are in Nice, France on vacation. At first, Panda was unwilling to submit to an interview, but after some goading and prying, OvenMitt was finally able to get Panda to answer some questions about her experiences on the trip so far.

1. What has been your favorite thing you have done so far?

“I have to look at my pictures. I don’t know– what have we done? WAZO Brunch? ”

“That was your favorite thing?”

“No– getting your hair cut.”

2. What has been the most surprising thing about the trip so far?

“Everything’s closed in the afternoon!”
(Specifically in Ventimiglia, Italy)

3. What has been the worst thing you have eaten on the trip?

“The egg-thingy on the plane?”

4. What has been the best thing you have eaten on this trip?

“The pizza? The pizza!”

“Care to elaborate?”

Shakes head

5. What’s one thing we have done that you wish we hadn’t done?

“I wish we didn’t go sit at that one place while we were looking for breakfast… The server wasn’t that nice. And the breakfast didn’t look like anything that special for the price.”

6. Who has been your favorite person we have met so far on the trip?

“The adorable twins at the park sitting on a bench”

7. Who has been the most annoying person we have met on the trip?

“The server?” (See above)

8. What’s your favorite thing we have watched on television?

“I don’t know– uh, Super Talent…That’s the only thing that I remember.”

9. What do you wish you had brought with you that you did not?

“My scarf…because it’s cold.”

10. What have you missed the most about North America?

“Restaurants that are open all day every day…no, can I change that? I miss my routine.”

“What do you mean by ‘I miss my routine’?”

“I didn’t really have to think that much about what to do for my day.”

French Lessons

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This week for the US holiday of Thanksgiving (or, as it it called in Canada, Thursday), OvenMitt came up to visit Panda in Vancouver. While there, in addition to sleeping, napping, resting, relaxing, eating brunch, shopping, and other fun activities, the two of them have been practicing French for their upcoming trip to France next month.

Panda took French in school and has also been studying French on her own for five years off and on, so her pronunciation, grammar, and knowledge of idioms is at the low- to mid-intermediate level; OvenMitt, on the other hand, has next to no skills in French (unless a rudimentary knowledge of Italian and Spanish count as knowing French…). Panda wants OvenMitt to learn all of the restaurant-related expressions and vocabulary in the video, because Panda knows that she may not always be around and that OvenMitt may need to ask for things on his own. (No one wants to be burdened on vacation by a helpless piece of kitchen safety apparel, do they?)

Despite Panda’s accusations of mind-wanderingness, OvenMitt, however, doesn’t want to study more than a few minutes at a time– as a trained educator, he knows that there is a limit to how much new information can be processed in any one session. It’s usually better, in his opinion, to have multiple short practice sessions than fewer, longer ones. In any event, OvenMitt is sure that he and Panda will do just fine on their trip!

dsc_0629Besides, OvenMitt has already gotten good at using Google Translate on his phone to translate English into French. Check out this list of real and fictitious punk rock band names he recently came up with:

Noms de bandes de punk rock français:

  • Quatrième Reich
  • Cultures de famine
  • Gâteau à la mite
  • Discipline de dix dollars
  • Pas drôle
  • Ivrognes avec canons
  • Crâne de poisson
  • Poing à la tête

(If any bands would like to use one of these names, please feel free!)