January 31, 2003
damsel in distress

it snowed in Fontainebleau yesterday and today the world is covered in white and everything is frozen.

including the lock for my fuel tank.

on a good day, it is difficult to open. when it's frozen, it is near impossible.

so here i am, struggling with my key when a guy pulls up on his motorcycle.

suffice to say, he opens my gas tank in less than 30 secs after whipping out a lighter from his package of cigarettes and heating up my key.

there's just something about being rescued by a guy dressed in black leather, driving a motorcycle. something even better than a knight on a white horse, that just starts off your day on a high note.

Posted by nicki at 05:07 PM
January 22, 2003

i am now the proud owner of a 1991 peugeot 205.


named cleo. short for cleopatra.

hurray! i am mobile.

Posted by nicki at 06:15 AM
January 15, 2003
random meetings

after a gruelling week of settling into school, we had a huge party to celebrate. here at Insead, the tradition is to throw parties at one of the nearby chateaus where you hang out with 600 of your closest friends.

so i walk into this party, and start talking to this guy i've seen around. the first question he asks me is, "so, did you go to XXX primary school?"

and i'm a bit taken aback, because it's been 16 years since i was in primary school ... and i have no idea who this guy is, but he remembers me from grade 6.

on top of which, he figured it out from the photo i have on the Insead website where all the students have a profile.

so somehow i haven't changed significantly since i was 10. wow. there is something rather scary about that.

Posted by nicki at 08:14 PM