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!
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.
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
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