Every summer in the USA, it’s the American Fair ! It’s a very popular tradition, it lasts one week and it’s always in the summer in the main citys of each states. This year, in Columbus, it was from the August 3th, and I came the first day.
To enter, it’s the same procedure than the airport customs : all metallic stuff in baskets and take off your shoes, they are very careful about the safety.
Just one thing to say : awesome. Great atmosphere, very lively, and a lot to do and to see. First thing of this tradition : food, food, and food. Everywhere you walk you find food all around you, and it’s almost always fried : fried cheese, chicken, meat, and even fried cakes ! Pretty good by the way.
Then, you can just walk around to visit and see all the animations. Also, there is a place like the Agricultural Center in France, where you can see raising sheep, cattle and various animals. Another funny thing typical to this custom : the butter sculptures. They’re man-sized so pretty talls, and exposeds behind a glass at 46°F (fridge temperature).
At the sunset you can see all the structures lighted with many colorsn it’s pretty nice. Nice day !
Thank you Cecelia & Eddie !
During my trip I went to many bars, but I have to tell you one of my favorites : the Old North Arcade. It was very recent because it opened two weeks before I came in USA, and the concept is very simple : arcades all around the room in totally free play, to drink a beer and enjoy it playing in the classic old games : Mortal Kombat II & III, Centiped, Marvel VS Capcom, Asteroids, and many others.
That was fun to follow the evolution of this new bar, because 1 month later they bought two gamecubes and two Nintendo 64 stuck in the walls and plugged to TVs with Mario Kart and Smash Bros, both in N64 and Gamecube versions.
Even if you come with friends, you can just sit in the table and say “hey, wanna play?”, and let’s go. The drinks wasn’t even expensives, so I just loved to come in this bar. I liked too the funny puns with the cocktails names, like “Ocarina Of Lime”, or “Koopa Libre”. And if you’re a warrior, you can try their “Fatality” hand-crafted bloody mary, with the “Finish Him!” mention.
There was other bars like this one, like the “16 bit Cafe”, so if you want to have a blast, don’t hesitate to visit !
Thank you Tinyacos !
One day, a co-worker said to me : “Hey? What if I show you a French place to eat today? It’s a French Bakery!”.
Do you know what is very known concerning France is US? The bakerys, and that’s why in addition of the French restaurants you can see French bakerys too. That was very fun, for one reason : welcome to “Cliché” Land!
This place wasn’t French at all, but it was very fun so enter to this palce and see how Americans see us. I just opened the door and I heard : “C’est pas l’homme qui prend la mer, c’est la mer qui prend l’homme, tatatin !”.
“- What, that’s the kind of music you listen in France, no?” Asked my colleague, and in answered “Yeah, but… Not since a very long time…”.
Bottles of wine and “baguette” breads everywhere, youhou! I make fun of this place because it’s funny, but it’s a very nice place and I warmly recommend it. Although the sandwiches wasn’t typically French at all, they was delicious, so if one day you go to the Columbus area in Ohio, don’t miss that! It let you make your own judgement :
The next time I came I heard “Je n’suis paaas, un héééros!”. It’s like I opened the door of the past, it’s very funny.
Thank you Abdy !
Because chillin’ out isn’t the only way to have fun, I thought it could be cool to subscribe to a dev group, and fortunately there was a PHP group (le language which I work), and the principle is simple : one guy of the group submit a proposal to present a mini conference explaining a technology we should know.
Very friendly group, the purpose is to learn something new and interesting around a beer and a pizza. As I was new, they offered me some pizza, so I let you see a picture of it. If you dont want to watch it because you think is uninteresting, I don’t care 🙂
The conference was about Twilio, a PHP technology to take phone calls with HTTP protocol. To sum up very briefly, you can take call to a friend’s phone using a web application, it’s so fun. or your culture, Uber use it for his web and Android application.
At the end of the presentation he showed us a demonstration calling us in our smartphones, without and wth videos. He even offered us freakin’ cool T-thirts.
I really love this way to learn interesting things having cool time, because after we talk about our activity and it can give some cool ideas !
Thank you George !
Throughout the conversation, I start to learn about me guys I’m talking, and we talk about the culture difference between our countrys (yeah it’s so basic, but we had to start by something).
It’s interesting because I can learn some advices to live in USA, so it’s cool. I took a look to the menu, and I didn’t know any of these beer brands. The girl next to me adviced me her belgium beer, the Fattire. Very good, I immediatly ordered a pint of it.
I talk to many peoples, and 2 hours later we come to the underground : a very big games room. This is the theme of this bar, the KDB : you buy some tokens to play, and you go to the machines with your friends.
It’s like the French ones, but bigger and with more choice : driving simulations, air hockey, basketball stand, and many kind of funny games to play with peoples.
We played and talked all the evening, I made contacts, it was my first evening shared with americans, at the half of it I totally forgot that I spoke english, it was a very good feeling.
The warm welcome and the friendly mentality was so nice, I immediatly knew that I would be able to make cool connections to spend good times during my trip.
Thank you Tinyacos !
Okay, so it the day of mi first meetup !
It’s to 30 minutes driving from my appartment, I’ve no car, so a post the the wall of the group to ask if someone can help me. I’m luck, a girl living next to me accept to help me !
She take me after the work, it’s a thursday. I must remind you that I’m still a bullshit in english. The girl talk very quickly, and I’m barely able to understand 30% of she’s saying. I continue to smile and say “oh !”, or “hum-hum” to acquiesce, but trust me it’s not easy.
We’re at the meetup, yeah ! It was supposed to be an outside movie, but it’s raining so we meet anyway in a bar. I enter to the bar, everyone seems know each other, and I’m shitting in my pants.
“I’ll be the uninterresting french guy barely able to speack english, what the f* I’m doin’ here ?” wah the only thought coming in my mind.
I just came to introduce myself that the leader of the group said to me “oh, you’re the french guy, welcome !”, I shake hand with everybody, and start to talk with two people. They are so cools, they try to understand me and to be understandable, I’m not scared anymore. The evening begin.
Two weeks after my arrival, I still almost had no friends to hang out. My boss said to me “Do you know Meetup ? You should take a look at it, it could help you”.
I came to the website and I discovered the concept : it’s a social network to meet new people around themes, for example the classics like chill out groups, writers/readers groups, or groups to practise a language, and there is too some specials groups around eccentric themes. You can find absolutely all king of groups here.
You can search by proximity like the events closest to you or by themes (geek, reading, sport). You can subscribe to agroup a introduce yourself explaining your tastes to create a first contact to the members.
The mentality of Meetup is to be totally open to new people, and to like to discover them. You’ll guess that later, but I met the main part of my American friends due to this website, because you keep in touch with the guys which whom you symphatized more and hang out with them outside the meetups, and finally you’re able to create your own network. I totally recommend this website if you come to another country where you know nobody.
I found an event very soon, it was an outside cinema appointment, seemed fun, so I subcribed to the group and I decided to came, let’s go for my first meetup !
Thank you Tom !