It’s Only Life :)

Sorrry! This is the last time I will apologise, but I am sorry for now or for any future instance when I don’t write for a while!  I think I just needed to spend some time getting into the life here without reflecting on it constantly!

Last week (6th-12th) was pretty hard at times because I started to feel really underconfident with my language.  I think it makes sense because until I started the babysitting and at school, all the situations I had been put in were all ones where I could think through to a large extent what I would say beforehand (i.e. with the bank).  Now with my jobs most of it is completely spontaneous and thus ALOT harder.  I know it’s okay and i’ll get there, but last week it felt like a major confidence setback.

Other than that, most of last week was babysitting, in school and our teacher training which was largely uneventful.. though fellow assistants Agnes, Holly and I found a really lovely but insanely cheap restaurant/cafe on Boulevard St Michel which was impressive.  Oo and also we had a welcome drink thing in the Sorbonne which I took a few pics of because you’re not normally allowed in!

La Sorbonne

La Sorbonne

On friday night Paul came to visit and we had a gorgeous 2 nights just hanging out and watching movies.  On the saturday we went for brunch at the amazing brunch place at the end of my road, and spent a lovely 3 hours there sitting in the sun!

So Sunday morning comes; Paul has set his alarm; it goes of; we go about getting up sleepy and grumpy for various reasons of earlyness, having to end such a good weekend etc; on the metro; get to gare du nord; I walk down to the platform with him where he’ll get the RER to the airport.  Paul brings his phone out of his pocket looking confused.  I assume he is just worried that he might have forgotten it.  Then in some blur of confused exclamations and looking at the times on Paul’s phone and the station screens, we realise… Paul hadn’t changed the time on his phone from London to Paris time.  His phone was an hour forward.  Over at Charles de Gaulle airport, his flight check-in was closing this very minute.  What could we do? We both just stood with bemused expressions for a minute or too, then had no choice but to turn back and get the metro to mine.

We found out that he could pay a transfer fee to get on the evening flight, but that would require him going back to charles du gaulle, 2 hours before that flight, with no guarantee that there would be space on that flight.  So in the end he booked a new flight for Tuesday morning.  Mixed blessing really! Fair bit more money, but we did get 2 extra days together 😀 which were as fabulous as the first couple.

On Tuesday evening I had my first venture outside of Paris (kinda)! I took one of the suburb trains out to where Lauren lives.  Even though it’s barely out of central Paris, it just felt so nice just to pretend I was getting out of the bustle.  Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but it’s nice to be able to breathe a bit more.  Lauren lives in this gorgeous little village; so so quiet and very french villagey :p (I’m soooo good at describing thing right?!).  Didn’t get pics but will next time!  She was warning me how bare her apartment was but when we got there I personally though it was gorgeous.  Bigger than mine with the bedroom separate from the living area.  She got it unfurnished but has done a perfect job filling it out and decorating it to look homely.  We had an uber girlie night, munching whole pizzas each and lots of other junk, talking for ages catching up, then watching the Sex and the City movie that Paul so kindly brought over for me 😀 Fabulous night that I hope to repeat soon!

On wednesday I had a whole day free and really enjoyed just relaxing a bit and having the time and space to get started on alot of thing I need to do.

Yesterday my mom and her best friend (with whom she worked in France and Paris, lots of summers when they were younger) arrived at Gare du Nord for the weekend. 

The very very cute looking espresso from the Hagen Daaz cafe in Gare du Nord!

The very very cute looking espresso from the Haagen Dazs cafe in Gare du Nord!

We had another lovely meal at Chartier last night.  They used to go when they worked here (that’s how my mom knows of it) and it was so cute watching them when they got into reminiscing :p

 

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Mum and Sue in Chartier 🙂

Today I was looking after Ginger over lunch, and had some work to do, so they’ve gone out for the day and I’m meeting them this evening to go to the Louvre.

Also, the technician from France Telecom called today so it seems like in the next few days I will FINALLY have my internet up and running! And that’s the last thing to be sorted! Yey!

Au Revoir! xx

I have a dragon in my back yard :p

Hello my lovelies!!

I’ve had a gorgeous weekend with my mom 🙂 Like I said we pretty much just chilled out on Friday, but we did go for an explore around the area later.  The road that my street is off is definately the prettiest that we saw!  We had a quick wander through Pere Lachaise cemetary (where the god that is Oscar Wilde is buried) but we didn’t have much of an explore.. something I’m definately going to go back and do properly at a later date.  We also found Parc de Belleville which is a gorgeous little park on a hill nearby.  We sat down on one of the benches for a bit of a rest (very hilly around there!) and I could totally picture myself sitting there with a book on a Saturday afternoon 😀 

On Saturday we had a venture out to the centre to see Notre Dame as my mum has never been.  Unfortunately (but perhaps enevitably for a Saturday) the queues to get in were so so long, so we decided to leave it this time.  We did have a good wander and cafe stop around the Latin Quarter and St Michel though.  I picked up the new copy of FUSAC (the french-english magazine with lots of personal ads) to look for an extra job as I really could do with the distraction and the money.  I got myself all excited about the idea of doing a bit of childminding.  Jessie, the american girl I met up with, does this already and I really like the idea of it.  I love kids and I don’t think I’d find it too straining.  It’s good money and it’d be a great way to get to know real french life a bit more.  It will depend on whether it can fit in with my 12 hours teaching, but I’m really hoping it can!

I am still waiting on my bank card 🙁 It has been 10 days now since I was at my bank and my bank guy was sat opposite me saying ‘you will recieve a letter in one to two days..’.  Yeah cos that’s happened.  I’m just getting worried now cos I’m gonna need to take money out soon!!

Internet on the other hand I think is getting somewhere.  Yes a technician was supposed to come ‘within 7 days’ to reactivate my phone line (the 7 days ending tomorrow), but I did manage to access online some staus report on my application and they do appear to be getting somewhere.  In the meantime, I’m still able to use the open wifi here and thus call people through skype too so it’s not too bad for the time being.

I’ve booked my two lots of flights for half term and christmas! I decided to come home for both because I know myself, and I know it will be better for me to have a bit of a break after all the stress of settling in.  I think after that though I’m gonna stay here for the other holidays and maybe travel a bit around here.  I should have more money to do that then too!  For half term then I’ll be home from Oct 25th- Nov 5th, and I should hopefully get up to Lancaster in that time to see everyone!! For christmas it’ll be Dec 22nd- Jan 3rd, and I really want to see as many people as possible cos I miss you all so much already!

This week I am probably going to be extremely boring in terms of blog posts :p (then again that assumes that I’m not being already.. I don’t know :s).  Mainly because I don’t have alot left to sort out for settling in and am probably going to spend this week cracking on with the following:

  1. Year Abroad Journal: Uni half module- Journal I have to keep in French of my experiences and observations of the culture.. i.e. translating this blog into French pretty much.. maybe with some extended rants about french men and the french service industry
  2. Year Abroad Project: Other uni half module- 6000 word project on an aspect of french culture.. I’m doing mine on the place of cinema in modern french society.  I haven’t done much on it yet but I’m hoping it’s gonna prove very interesting!
  3. Dissertation: How the narrative style of Madam Bovary is represented in modern adaptations of the story, mainly films
  4. 4th year reading: I have so much free time this year that I’m really hoping to get all the reading for my 4th year English Lit modules all done before I start them.

I may well post random things related to all this but I don’t think I’m gonna keep recording every single thing I do.  I’ll just post when I do something I feel worth noting or that I reakon you’ll like to hear about!  If there is anything you’d like to hear more about.. I don’t know what… the area/ random observations/ my feelings on settling in?!! :p whatever! Do send me comments or an email and I’ll try to cover things that interest people :p That said, I realise that a blog is first and foremost a totally self-indulgent hobby so I’ll keep writing on anything I feel is worth writing about too 🙂

Au revoir! xx

Mama’s here :)

On Wednesday I had the audacious task of going to set up my internet/ phone connection. After failed attempts to contact various providers through email, I eventually gave up this tack, and went to the branch of The Phone House (french carphone warehouse) on my road to ask them, and managed to set it up then and there.  Should supposedly take about 2 weeks as they have to reactivate the phone line and all this malarchy as well!  But i’ll survive.

The rest of wednesday and most of thursday I had a proper lazy relax trying to recuperate all my energy from alllll the stress.  :p it’s really not been that bad but I definately needed some down time.  Last night I went out with Emma and Leanne from uni and a few of their friends for some food and drink, which was lovely!

This morning my mama arrived at about 7.30 am, 2 and a half hours after she was supposed to, so lil old me was awake and very sleepy for a long time 🙁  But I’m so so glad she’s here!  She brought lots of stuff (mainly books :p) so my apartment is looking more homely now!  We’ve both been very sleepy today so we’ve just been hanging out here, but we’re gonna go explore the area around my apartment later on I think!

Au Revoir! xx