AMA all (French) afternoon

  1. I'll be in the train for 5 hours today (starting 2pm France time), and I need something to keep my mind distracted from the tough stuff
  2. Any subject is welcome : my life, France, philosophy, tv shows, food, origami, etc.!
  3. But first of, let me ask you : how are YOU?
  4. What's the weather like today?
    It's 18C and sunny here 🌤
    Suggested by   @marceline
  5. @marceline Its crazy here, 37C 😫 we're in the middle of a heat wave. But it'll cool down just a little in the following days.
  6. What names are you considering for your rainbow TOMpacasso?
    Suggested by   @marceline
  7. @marceline I don't have really good ideas so far. I thought it could be just TOM or AL but I don't feel them. I think I'll have to wait to meet him/her and they'll tell me! Does yours have a name?
  8. Where are you traveling to?
    Suggested by   @marginally_amazing
  9. @marginally_amazing To Lille, north of France, to visit my dad in the hospital.
  10. How long will you be there?
    Suggested by   @marginally_amazing
  11. @marginally_amazing I'm supposed to stay 6 days but that's really theoretical because it will depend on how things are there with my dad and what the doctors tell me...
  12. Is Iced Tea a thing in France?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  13. @andersun Yes it is! I mean, probably way less than in the states but it's available in many coffee shops and people make them sometimes at home.
  14. Tastier: water with gas or water sans gas?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  15. @andersun you know, sparkled water really grew on me over the years. Like coffee or alcohol I used to hate the taste but then learned to like it. But still, water plain and simple is the best beverage in the world!
  16. Have you ever eaten a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  17. @andersun I have NEVER! Never had the opportunity I guess. But I'm more of an almonds butter/honey tartine actually.
  18. What advice would you give to @Diplomatic_diva on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  19. @andersun @Diplomatic_diva Don't start, it seems addictive!
  20. How many chair legs is too many legs to have on a chair?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  21. We are about to go for a 7 am walk in Seattle. Shall we go north, or south?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  22. @andersun North !!
  23. What is the national philosophy of France?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  24. @andersun Eat, Drink!
  25. Can you share a photo of the outside scenery?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  26. Blurry! We're actually near Paris
  27. How many cities will you pass on your way?
    Suggested by   @DanielaM
  28. @DanielaM We make stops at Angers, Le Mans, Massy, Marne La Vallée, Roissy and finally at Tourcoing
  29. Are there any interesting people to talk to on the train? Are you someone who chats with traveling strangers or keeps to yourself?
    Sneaky stranger pics are always appreciated.
    Suggested by   @jennifergster
  30. I keep to myself. I'm shy with strangers
    You don't see well here but there's two guys barefoot deep asleep and they come from the biggest metal/hard core music festival that just took place near my town.
  31. Does your hometown (or anywhere in France) have anything similar to your sister city Sesttle's Gum Wall?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  32. That's incredible! I've never seen something similar. The closest we have would be putting change money on old walls maybe?
  33. Is there a restaurant, cafe, snack bar or food service on the train?
    If so, what are the options?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  34. @andersun There's not because I'm on a "discount" train. I brought dried apple slices and cookies!
  35. Asked a third way. Here's the foggy view from my window. What's the view from yours?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  36. Recently I started to drink a polish mineral water, its awesome. Have you tried it? And I'll be in the Southwest of France soon? Can you describe where you are in France?
    Suggested by   @alice720
  37. I don't know it! I'm in the north west, in the "armpit" of France. I lived in the south west for a while because my dad has always lived there. It is beautiful. People have. A strong accent haha! Enjoy it!!
  38. What's the top speed of the train you are on?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  39. I don't know the top speed but usually they go around 300km/h. Translate in miles!
  40. I don't know the top speed but usually they go around 300km/h. Translate in miles!
  41. What was the best piece of art you saw yesterday?
    Suggested by   @jennifergster
  42. @jennifergster Apart from the Chagall ones, there was this art installation in the patio
    It's like 500 miles of plastic strings twisted and hung and it moves all the time! Amazing!
  43. How come @marginally_amazing didn't use the name @ super_amazing or @ totally_amazing?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  44. @andersun @marginally_amazing because being marginal is super and awesome!
  45. Can you see any animals from the train?
    Suggested by   @marceline
  46. @marceline No but I did see a cat boarding the train!
  47. What are the folk practices or superstitions of riding trains in France?
    Do you hold your breath while going over bridges? Close you eyes going through tunnels? Etc?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  48. @andersun I have never heard of such things, now I'm super curious to know superstitions from other countries!
  49. What are the conflicts between classic French existentialism and the realities of living and loving people in everyday life?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  50. @andersun I think the umbrella needs more recognition
  51. Are you super excited for the coming Le Tour de France in which once again no Frenchmen appear to be favored for victory?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  52. @andersun No. Definitely no. Sorry. But I would be delighted to read your lists about it.
  53. @andersun No. Definitely no. Sorry. But I would be delighted to read your lists about it.
  54. @andersun No. Definitely no. Sorry. But I would be delighted to read your lists about it.
  55. Have you ever been to Le Mans?
    Suggested by   @DanielaM
  56. Yes! Twice for exams. My boyfriend lived there for a year and hates it 😂
  57. Backpack, fanny pack or purse?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  58. 🎒 practical, big, good for the back. 👌
  59. Have you ever made a peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich? If not, you should try this first-superior to jelly.
    Suggested by   @jennifergster
  60. @jennifergster I'm way more tempted with marshmallows @andersun
  61. Do you think super computer-driven robots should be created to replace human drudgery work/jobs, or do you think the robots should always be made simply and only to assist humans?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  62. @andersun I like that we humanize robots by imagining they have emotions or relationships with us but I don't want robots everywhere. I miss cashiers and stuff if you know what I mean.
  63. Have you ever made a peanut butter, banana and Fritos chip sandwich?
    Better even than @jennifergster's marshmallow approach.
    Suggested by   @andersun
  64. @andersun @jennifergster no, have you? I want pictures!
  65. Or two photos of the scenery?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  66. So I take it you have been to the old part of town in Le Mans?
    I was very taken aback when I went there - took some great photos. This was before filters and IPhones was a big deal
    Suggested by   @DanielaM
  67. @DanielaM No, I don't know this part. It seems nice!