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



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

‘On your flight back to your home town’

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 :)