Christine gave up a great career in the high tech industry to move to France and bartend and work on her fabulous tan…. didn’t get the travel bug fully out of her and is headed to Australia to work, write and have more fun.
That is a life plan that I can fully get behind.
For someone that hasn’t flipped many pages over on her life calendar, she certainly has already lived a pretty full life. It is going to be a life well worth following in the future and luckily she’s got a great website where you can do just that. So go check outher website, C’est Christine, follow her on Twitter and in the meantime enjoy her wonderful answers to the Lucky 13:
1 – where do you want to retire to?
I would move back to the French Riviera in a heartbeat. I adore Nice, but my parents really like Menton. Since they’re nearing retirement age, I’m going to go ahead and say that I’ll probably prefer the pastel-colored boredom and mild sunshine of Menton (a tiny beach town right on the Italian border) in my old age as well.
2 – language you’d like to be fluent in?
Spanish! Growing up in California, I have good hold on Mexican food terms, but after a few margaritas, I’m useless. I also have a tendency to throw a French or Italian accent on my rudimentary attempts atespanol, which just tends to confuse any potential Latin lovers.
3 – most embarrassing thing on your iPod?
One of my good friends who is always trying to enlighten me musically once gave me a withering glance as he commented on the remarkable amount of Christina Aguilera and *NSync on my iPod.
4 – Someone gave you $10,000 on the conditions that you spend it friviously and not on travel. How do you spend it?
An unforgettable weekend in Vegas. Fly in all my best friends, splurge on new party dresses and shoes, book the poshest hotel. Spend ridiculous amounts on food and alcohol. Treat everyone at the pool to a drink. Basically, just act like a hot mess with too much money to spend—isn’t that what Vegas is there for?
5 – Is there a dessert you can never pass up? If so, what is it?
It’s rare that I ever pass on dessert. I’m the friend who can always be convinced to share something—although, in all honesty, I’m usually the one doing the convincing. However, I can never say no to my mom’s apple pie, my grandma’s cheese pie or anything with “dark chocolate” in the description.
6 – Celebrity that you would most like to slap or berate in person.
I think Justin Bieber is a giant waste of time. I would like to slap some sense into all “Bieber Fever” fans.
7 – Person on Twitter you most look forward to finally meeting in person.
It’d be pretty cool to meet @backpackingmatt in person since we realized that his mom and my aunt work together! Such a small world. And @cailinoneil because she’s just so freaking friendly that I feel like we’ve been friends for ages although we’ve never technically met. It’s an awkward world, Twitter is.
8 – Most overrated country?
Spain. Some people love it, but it’s not for me. I don’t like Gaudi’s architecture and I wasn’t overly impressed with the food. I will say that large quantities of sangria and sandy beaches are Spain’s saving graces.
9 – Who plays you in the movie about your life?
Natalie Portman! Mostly because we share the same birthday and she went to Harvard. Everyone always thinks I look like someone they know, so I really just need a generic brunette with an ability to act a little crazy—and after seeing Black Swan, I know Natalie Portman could do that swimmingly.
10 – Fill in the blank again: I am embarrassed that I have never finished any book written by _________.
Homer. I just bought the CliffNotes straightaway, although I’m fairly sure I did that with most books I had to read in high school.
11 – What is your perfect dinner party — you and 4 others.
Bill Bryson, Jamie Oliver, Stephen Clarke/Paul West (who wrote A Year in the Merde) and Annie Leibovitz. Bill Bryson and Stephen Clarke (his pen name was Paul West) made the list because they both wrote books, like In a Sunburned Country, that made me laugh out loud frequently while I was reading in public places, so I think they’d be pretty darn funny in person with some great travel and expat stories. Jamie Oliver because I think he could able to give me some awesome cooking tips and because I’d love to pick his brain about childhood obesity in America, which I seriously believe is going to be our biggest failure as a nation. Annie Leibovitz because I just saw an exhibit of her work in Sydney, and I was just blown away. Her photos are incredibly powerful, and she had such a crazy life—touring with the Rolling Stones, working with Vogue, living in Paris. Mostly, they all seem like really genuine and interesting people who would enjoy a stiff drink and a good meal.
12 – Best Christmas/holiday season movie of all time.
This is tough because one of my family’s Christmas traditions is watching Christmas movies together, and we’re always adding new ones. I think it’s a tie between Love Actually and Home Alone. I’m a sucker for romantic comedies, but there’s a certain comfort in watching Harry and Marv slip on the race cars in the entry every year.
13 – you are at the Pearly Gates, what question do you most fear from St. Peter.
Any inquiry into my high school and college years. I wasn’t exactly the model Catholic school girl.