I so shouldn’t be listening to that song (Big Girls Don’t Cry- Fergie), because it always (perhaps inevitably) makes me do the opposite
It has been a gorgeous few days. I ventured up to Charles De Gaulle Airport on Monday night to get Paul. I was shocked at how far it was, including a 15 minute walk from the train stop to the terminal. I was pretty tired by the time I got there. I can’t believe I did all that in the heat of day with 2 huge bags and a laptop when I first came :s. Waited for Paul at the arrivals :p and once we’d got to the flat we had a quick wander up to the top of the road to see the view from the Sacre Coeur at night
On Tuesday morning Paul very graciously helped me take most of my luggage across to the new apartment! We didn’t stay there long but it was lovely to have a quick look around at exactly what was there. The rest of the day we spent wandering around seeing all the main sights. I guess it was largely for Paul’s benefit but it was really quite cool for me too cos I hadn’t actually had a proper look at some of the main things like the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty, this time in Paris. By the evening we were exhausted so just got some take-out from down the road and had a cosy night in
Wednesday was Louvre day! We got there about 12/1ish I think and I was surprised at how few queues there were.. I’d assumed it would be insanely busy, I don’t know why! We got Paul’s ticket but then had to wait AGES for my ‘Carte Louvre Jeune’. Here’s a cultural note.. the French just aren’t in a hurry. Not to do anything. Even if it’s their job. And yes it’s infuriating! But I shall hold back the rant Plus it was worth it because the card, for €15 (€12 if you have a student card; I haven’t yet :s), gives you unlimited access to the Louvre for a year, plus you get to take a friend for free in the evenings! You hear that, all people who might come to visit moi?! 😀 I can get you into the Louvre for free! I think it’s great; if I’m bored one afternoon I can just pop into the Louvre for an hour or two! We had a good look round, saw most of the main bits to see. It was actually a really relaxing afternoon. In the evening we went out for a meal in the Latin Quarter, then got some Hagen Daaz and wandered along the Seine up to Notre Dame, then headed home.
He went off this morning to catch his flight. I took some more stuff to the new apartment and tried to start organising the place! It’s such a novelty (and quite a luxury) having a whole ‘place’ to myself. In the past it’s been family or flatmates and I’ve always had my own room but everything else was shared. I don’t dislike that at all, but it panders to my freakishly organised nature to have a whole house to make exactly the way I want it 😀 (God that sounds awful!!).
I got horrible pangs of homesickness again today after Paul left. I think it’s lonliness that gets me mainly; the idea that I have a whole year in front of me without all the people I know and love being anywhere near. It makes it more difficult not being settled yet. I’m almost there, but I still need to sort internet and phone in my new place and get the rest of my stuff over from home. Then I can really try making a home for myself here and hopefully once I make a few more friends and especially once I start at the school, I’ll be able to keep busy and get into a routine
Poor Paul is still stuck at the Airport apparently! Problems with the flight How annoying! He could have stayed here today and got the evening flight after all that! Oh well.
Au Revoir! xx
P.s. Apologies for the lack of photos and kinda rushed entries. Like I said, internet isn’t properly sorted yet so I’m only able to get on for short bursts. Once it’s all up and running I’ll make the blog far more illustrated and full