Thursday, September 30, 2010

Today I discovered...

... for 4 euros, one can buy:
  • a tiny (maybe 8oz?) jar of Skippy peanut butter, nestled in the ethnic food section
  • a kilogram of Nutella.  which is roughly the size of my head.

Guess which one I got?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Entre toutes les femmes

I'm finally settling in!  My sleep schedule's still very off, but I moved into my apartment a couple days ago and it's wonderful.  It's a two-bedroom place with a kitchen, bathroom, and balcony, and the view from my window looks like a painting.

The cathedral in town is really pretty too -- around midday they ring the bells in the tower and I can hear them from my window!
I've realized that there is a whole lot of nothing to do on Sundays here... shops, restaurants, even the huge supermarket is closed.  I need to start making a list of things to do on Sundays, besides sleeping in... :)  Last Sunday I went to the cathedral.  It's amazing inside.  There's something very comforting about being in such a huge, awe-inspiring area... When I walked in I felt exhausted and anxious about living abroad for 7 months and all the challenges that I'd already been experiencing... but when I walked out I felt completely at peace.

(Also, turns out I still know "Hail Mary" by heart in French.  I was sitting by all the lit candles and I said it a couple times to myself, and thought about that Marian Mass at the end of high school when I recited it in front of everyone, while others recited it in other foreign languages.  I've never been religious, but I think Je vous salue Marie is such a beautiful prayer.)

My lunch today - une tarte au citron.  Very... tart.  And delicious!!

Last night all of the English teaching assistants came over to our apartment for dinner and wine and pain au chocolat.  We all get along really well - there's 3 from England, 1 from Ireland, 1 from Canada, and 2 of us from the states.  All women!  Apparently there's a couple of men teaching assistants in the greater Rouen area, but I'm afraid they'll be quite outnumbered.  :)  There's a big orientation for all of us in Rouen on Monday and I'm SO excited to meet everyone.  I love my little Evreux crowd...  We're going to have a blast, I'm sure.  We're already planning a Disney movie night and a fake Thanksgiving.  Jill (the other American) also studied in Montpellier so we're both just dying to visit there again.  I would love to see Aix-en-Provence and Nice too while we're down there... 

Oh, and my family is coming to visit!  In just a few weeks!  Looks like I have a lot of trip planning to do, both with them and mes nouvelles copines d'Evreux.  :)
My dinner date on my first night in Evreux.

Friday, September 24, 2010

+ 9 hours

Meet Feathers, my travel companion.  He'll be popping up every now and then.
Well, je suis arrivée!  I'm in my nice little hotel room in Evreux, adequately showered after a reeeally long day of travel, and I basically want to throw a fit from being so jetlagged.  I don't want to sleep, I literally just want to throw a temper tantrum about how tired I am.

I'm off to go explore the city a bit.  I was very disappointed in my first French meal (god-knows-how-old jambon/fromage/beurre sandwich at the train station.. I should have known better) so I need to remedy that with a good dinner.  Maybe some wine.  :)

I can do this... right?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sittin. Packin. Sorta.

Well, it's about that time. Again.
This time tomorrow I'll be on a big ole Air Tahiti plane from LAX to CDG (direct flight! YAY). Possibly returning to the States for Christmas, possibly not returning until next summer. This is a lot longer than my two-month stint in 2008, but I think I'm a lot less nervous this time. I already know that I love France, and that this is going to be a wonderful experience. I also expect that there will be speed bumps, and that things won't always be efficient (ahem, paperwork) and work exactly how I want them to. But I am so unbeLIEVably excited. :)

Today I'm doing a lot of packing and watching season 7 of The West Wing before I cancel my Netflix account. Later we're going for Mexican food at my favorite restaurant in Orange. Mom's already joking that she's going to hop a plane for France next week.

Probably the best news is that I already have a place to live all set up! It's a 2-bedroom apartment that I'll be sharing with a fellow teaching assistant. It's realllly cheap, which is great (more money for traveling! and crêpes!), but I'm a little worried about not being able to see the place before deciding to live there. It'll be great, though. I hear there's a balcony! And rental bikes!

Well, I'm off to finish packing. And maybe do a final Pinkberry run with my dad. A bientôt!

(P.S. I'm totally determined to beat you this time, jet-lag. I will not submit to your week-long torture. Behold, my weapons!)