I don’t know what this “About” thing means, to be honest. Except a word Americans use to mock Canadian pronunciation, but I somehow suspect it’s not what it’s all “about” here…
So my best guess is that I should tell you about this blog and about me. I’ll try.
1) Why this blog?
I had planned to start a blog by next year, because I’m finishing med school next august and will then go on a round the world trip, trying to combine traveling and volunteering as a doctor in developing countries. Well, that’s the plan anyway, it’s going to change about a billion times, for sure.
So why start in advance? It is not the kind of thing I usually do – in fact, I’ll wait ’till the last millisecond if I can, it’s a mater of principle, I think, a sort of way of defying my Swiss identity by being always late and on the rush – but I thought I might have other stuff to write about, after all, this last year of med school is going to be quite travel-filled as well.
So, ideally, this is going to be a place where I tell stories about my hospital days and the amazing people I get to meet when I try to figure out why they’re in pain, a place to review the books I’ve read and hope that other people might recommend some of their favorites, a place for random thoughts, a place for anything that goes through my mind (don’t worry, there’s not that much going on in there;-) and through the lens of my camera.
2) Me (this is where it gets tricky)
Right, I’m not good at those “tell us about you pages”. I always feel like I’m the worst judge of my own character. Wouldn’t it be great to have a permanently good, whimsical, and slightly self depreciative classic writer on demand to write those for you?
I could tell you the basics, but I always find it boring. You know, those “Hi, I’m Eloise, I’m from Geneva,…” I always feel like the next sentence is either “I’m looking for a serious relationship but I also want to have fun” or “I’ve been a drug/videogame/peering at my own booger addict for seven years”. Well, if not the basics, what describes a person?
I don’t know yet, probably because I don’t know who I am. Let’s say if you hang around this blog long enough you’ll get an idea. In the mean time, Here are my answer to Bernard Pivot‘s questionnaire: (I mixed the original French version and the Actor Studio version, because I couldn’t pick one, oh, that’s one thing about me: I hate choosing!)
1) What is your favorite word?
In English: pickles
En français: scutigère
2) What is your least favorite word?
In English: literally (especially when used incorrectly, or in sentences such as “I was like, literally, (insert anything)..)
En français: concept
3) What turns you on?
Intelligence and humor. So I suppose, Wit
3b) In French, in the original Pivot’s questionnaire, the question is: what is your drug of choice?
The answer to that is, of course, Coffee. Or Books. Or a book and a coffee.
4) What turns you off?
Arrogance, you know, vanity. And socks+sandals
5) What is your favorite curse word?
In English: bloody hell (with a British accent, please)
In French: Sa génitrice la fille de mauvaise vie! (it’s an old fashioned version of “your Momma”)
6) What sound or noise do you love?
Coffee bubbling and boiling in my old Italian cafetiere
7) What sound or noise do you hate?
The typical Nokia ringing tune, or any phone noises
8)What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Explorer, no, Acrobat, no, Professional musician, wait, there are too many
9) What profession would you not like to do?
A repetitive one
10) If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
You did an okay job with this life thing, kiddo, would you like a beer?
10b) Oh, there’s one additional question in the french questionnaire:
In what plant, tree or animal would you like to be reincarnated?
A bird, I think, cheesy as it might sound, I’d give everything I have to fly.
And what “About” you?