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.
See?

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.

1 comment:

Megan Nicole said...

haha I love your penguin! too cute! ;)