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13 July 2011 @ 11:21 pm
US trip  
I know I have been a bad blogger ! Yet, I felt like writing here tonight. I've been thinking a lot about my upcoming trip to the United States lately. I'm currently working at my summer job (and will until August 12th) so I'm trying to save a some money. I don't know if I will end up buying these things for my trip but I've had them on my list for a few months. They're only inspirations of course. I know I need to be really comfortable as I'll be walking a lot. I also need to be warm I suppose. I'm not sure what the late September / early October weather looks like in New York and New England. Will I need some sort of jacket / coat ? I have no idea yet. Tell me if you think these are good ideas or not !

In no particular order :

1. A backpack
I know this might seem a bit too much but I thought it could be fun and most importantly really handy to have one ! But I'm not certain. I don't want to look too much like a tourist ! (Those are by Bensimon. It's my favourite !)

2. Good walking shoes
I already own a pair of black Converses so I'm pretty sure I'm going to bring them. That will probably be necessary. The last time I wore those was in high school, though ! But I'm also thinking that I might be overreacting. Maybe my everyday-life flats will do as well !

3. A nice dress (this one is made by Topshop)

4. A wool cardigan
I would like a black / gray one. (This one is made by APC Madras)

5. A water repellent map of Boston and of Washington
I should probably put that in the list of things I absolutely need to have ! I remember the night I arrived in Edinburgh, it was pouring rain and my paper-made map was ruined in 5 minutes ! My Dad got me the New York City Borch map for my birthday and it's really great.

This is a bit crazy, isn't it ? I thought it might be fun. I hope everybody is having a nice summer. For some reason, it doesn't feel like summer to me yet. Maybe it is because my trip is so late ! My summer job is going very well. I do lots of different administrative stuff. I can't complain !

In other news, my exams went well and I already registered for my third (and hopefully final) year. I had my doubts but decided to pick Public Law. Now, I'm really excited to start in October !

I've been a very happy reader lately. I don't think I've ever read slower, though ! I finally re-read Brideshead Revisited. I knew that it was perfect and that it was in my top 5 but yet, I had somehow forgotten 80% of it. These are the best books, right ? You re-read them and it seems like it is the first time. Now, I'm starting Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides which I am loving. I think it's a fascinating book !
Later this summer, I want to read :
- Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
- The French Lieutenant'sWoman by John Fowles
- Sylvia Plath's Unabridged Journals 
And re-read :
- The Great Gastby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald
- Tender is the Night by Francis Scott Fitzgerald
Wish me luck ! I yet have to decide what book to take to the United States !
a very interesting mixture of poetry and meanness: she's a total blam-blamhostile17girl on July 14th, 2011 05:36 am (UTC)
These are the best books, right ? You re-read them and it seems like it is the first time.
I have the absolute WORST memory for plots, so pretty much all books are like this. Movies and TV shows too. Re-reading or re-watching are like brand new experiences for me.

Speaking of having a bad memory, I read Middlesex ages ago and remember practically none of it. I think it was good maybe?

And no, Sylvia Plath's journals are NOT too crazy. I'm slowly plodding through them as well and they are quite interesting. I hadn't previously realized just how much of The Bell Jar and her short fiction were autobiographical until I started reading her journals.

(Those are really nice backpacks! Also, I say bring the Converse.)
Morganereveparisien on July 15th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Me too ! Me too ! It doesn't mean I didn't love the book, I'm just so bad at remembering plots ! It's really exciting because it makes re-reading books so fun !
Middlesex is supposed to be really good so I'm looking forward to reading more. It's so huge ! I'm only at the beginning I suppose as the narrator is still telling the story of his grandparents.
Are you reading anything interesting at the moment ?
About Sylvia, I used the wrong phrasing ! Sorry ! What I mean was : isn't it too crazy to think that I can read the entire book in only one summer ? Or should I keep it at my bedside and read it little by little ? Is that what you do ?
Thanks ! I really love the idea of having a backpack ! So comfortable and handy ! We'll see... And I think you're right about the Converse :)
a very interesting mixture of poetry and meanness: oh good godhostile17girl on July 19th, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)
Oh I totally knew what you meant about Sylvia. Reading it in one summer is probably doable but in a lot of small doses. I'm chipping away at it slowly but I have this problem with books that I own (as opposed to library books) where there's no urgency for me to read them. For example, I received the David Sedaris-edited collection of short stories Children Playing Before A Statue of Hercules for Christmas back in 2006 and I only managed to read it a few months ago. That's five years! So who knows how long it'll take me to get through Sylvia's journals, especially since I do most of my reading on the bus or on breaks at work and it's too large to really drag around comfortably.

I'm not reading anything new at the moment. I've just started a Harry Potter reread, which I seem to do every couple of years or so, and I'm reading Little Women for the first time since I was a child. I adore the 1994 Winona Ryder film and I feel like this might be one of those rare situations where the movie is BETTER than the book. Blasphemy, I know.
GUINVRla_guinevere on July 14th, 2011 08:33 am (UTC)
so exciting! I think that backpack is great, i'd carry that everyday ! :D
Morganereveparisien on July 15th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, I agree ! Do people carry backpacks around you ? Because here in France, you never see people past high school with backpacks. I think it's sad. They're so handy ! And they can be really pretty too !
Kelle: stagkels450 on July 14th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
OMG I love EVERYTHING you want to buy lol. And the backpacks are ridiculously pretty...seriously, I want one to use here! I say go for it. And it's not that touristy lol, i'm sure loads of people have them?! They do here anyway, just for walking around and stuff,a nd as you say, they're very handy! :D

I'm so excited for you and your trip!!!

It doesn't feel like summer to me either to be honest. Probably cos it's been such a cold summer! ;)

Hope you're okay, lovely, sorry i haven't been in touch much the past few weeks, it's been very busy! :(

*hugs* xxx
Morganereveparisien on July 15th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yay !!! Thanks Dear ! I'm sooooo exciting too ! Thanks for sharing this with me :D
I'm really starting to think more and more about that backpack thingy ! I didn't think people would think it was such a good idea. That would be really handy. I could put my camera, my guides, my papers... We'll see ! I wish we could live in the same city and wear one together !
I miss you !! *hugssss*
Ana: fashion // sky's the limit.freeze_tag on July 21st, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
Ah, your trip sounds so exciting! And you're so lucky to be going to Boston. I have some family living there, I would love to visit it sometime. I bet you'll have so much fun.

I'm glad your exams went well. Ah, final year. I'm finishing this year and it will go by so fast, you'll see.

Happy trip and happy reading! :D
Morganereveparisien on September 6th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry because this is sooooo late. Forgive me !
Thank you so much ! I'm really excited. Only two weeks to go now ! This is so cool that you have family in Boston ! I'm really looking forward to Boston :)
I hope you're well ? What are you up to now that the summer is over ? :)
Ana: people // happy.freeze_tag on September 7th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Hi! It's ok, I get email notifications, so it's great hearing from you. I hope your summer was fun.

Wow, it's so close, you'll have a great time. Yes, I have an aunt and uncle in the Boston-area and they always say great things of Boston.

Yes, I'm well, outside of a pesky sinus infection/ allergies(?). I'm getting ready to start my masters degree in a couple of weeks, but I'm still in holidays-mode - watching lots of movies and reading and spending way too much time on the Internet. ;)

If we don't talk before your trip, I just want to wish you a great time. Have lots of fun and take loads of pictures. :D
found LOVE in cape townfoundloveincpt on September 6th, 2011 09:14 am (UTC)
Hi. I used to be "oceanofhouses". Could you please add me with this new journal? Thanks a lot!
Morganereveparisien on September 6th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
I just added you :)