Okay so finally another post! It’s been a bit daunting now to catch up on activities for the last little while because it’s been a little while.
So I think I left off after I had dinner with my french ‘buddies’. So that Thursday was a halloween clubbing type event hosted by one of the student associations. All of the British people and me who were going thought you would have to dress up a bit at least because you know at home if you go to a Halloween party you have to do something. So me and Frances took on a cat theme (difficult with little supplied to find a costume!), and some of the others went pirate theme. And when we got there (which was possible by bike, pretty cool to take your bike to a club hehe) we found out no one else was dressed up! The French really don’t go for Halloween. They have a holiday commonly referred to by younger people as ‘dead day’. And it’s a serious holiday for them, it’s a day to remember your dead relatives and visit them at the cemetary. So anyway, that was a little embarrasing but we had fun anyway. The less fun part was having to get up for my 8am class when I got home at 4.
Friday, Jonathan my French roomate, was having a dinner party with a group of his friends, so he invited us to have dinner as well. There was about 10 of us. And we had raclette! This is a special sort of food they eat here that’s a bit like fondue. You have a special machine that melts cheese and then you put it on meat and potatoes. It was pretty tasty! And all of his friends were really nice. After dinner we played cards, and there’s really a lot of games that are universal!
Then finally got some sleep on Saturday and met up with Claire to do a bit of shopping. Didn’t find anything though! Went to the market on Sunday it’s really to do that! And then I had a cold, and this was the worlds worst cold, no matter how much sleep I had I always felt exactly the same everyday. So I’m still having it a bit so it lasted mainly all last week. And I had lots of school work etc so it was kind of a sucky week. Then on Friday night I left for Paris with three other people from my program. It was super fun! On Saturday we went to the Louvre, Notre Dame, Cluny Museum, Arc de Triomphe, and some shopping, plus dinner on Champs Elysees! Then on Sunday Eiffel Tower, this special district called Montmarte, and leisurely stroll on Champs Elysees. Seriously the shopping is crazy, when we went on Saturday to this area that’s normal shopping not crazy expensive Louis Vutton style, it was so busy! Think of going Christmas Shopping on Dec 23rd and multiply that by about 10 and you have their regular shopping environment! Then on the way home the train hit a wild boar and we got delayed for 1.5 hours, and yes this was the weirdest thing ever! Then I had lots of work to do this week including a french test which did not go well. And now tonight I’m off to Rome!! Yes so this is a really exciting week for me Paris and Rome! Where should I go next week lol.
Here’s some pics!