Hey guys, how are you doing today? I hope you’re having an alright Monday, I know they’re not fantastic.
As for me, I’m having a relatively relaxing day. Most of my exams are over, so I don’t have to focus too much on revision. And since I had a long day yesterday, it’s nice to tone it down a notch today.Last week started off very early, at least early for me. I had an exam on Monday morning, at 8am. Who in their right mind would set an exam so early on a Monday? At least it was a relatively easy exam. When I got home from that, I was finally able to open my mail. It was my birthday, so I had some cards to open. I had one from my parents, a lovely letter from my sister, a handmade card from my other sister, and an piece of abstract art from my brother (he’s only 3, so not quite Picasso yet!). In the afternoon, I had my Polish exam. The written section was okay, but the speaking section was… questionable. Since we hadn’t had any practice, I was pretty much winging it. I won’t go into too much detail, but I can safely say that Polish isn’t for me. I’m glad I took it, though, since I can now say ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’ and ‘thank you’, the three most important phrases in any language. Not to mention the fact I can now pronounce Polish surnames without too much trouble. That evening, since I didn’t have a birthday cake, I went to the shop and bought a two-pack of donuts, a box of candles and a pack of matches. Then I blew out my candles whilst making a wish. I won’t tell you it though, since you’re not supposed to!
The next day, I had my translation exam. This one was quite easy, since I’d had translation exercises in many of my exams and tests throughout the years of learning French. Plus, I’d had to translate many, many individual sentences in textbooks, not to mention the amount I’ve had to translate in my head since I arrived in France. The hardest part of it was thinking of vocab, but with the English to French section I could reword things, and with the French to English part it was all based on context. After the exam, I went into the town centre to do some Christmas shopping. Once I’d picked up a few things, I decided to finally go up the big wheel in the main square. For 5€ you can go around 3 times, with a stop at the top on the second go round.
On Wednesday, I didn’t have any exams, so I spent most of the day in my room. (Yes, I’m lazy. Yes, I hate it). On Thursday, I had no exams again, but I tried to be more productive. Emphasis on the word ‘tried’. I did tidy up a bit and took my rubbish out. During the evening, I went to an amazing Thai restaurant called Pitaya. I decided to try something new, so I had the sie yai (pictured below). Lorna was leaving the next day, so it was our last meal out before she went for Christmas. After that, we (Hayley, Georgia, Emma, Lorna and I) went to Bell’s Australian Pub in the main square. The girls had something alcoholic, but I thought I’d refrain from a proper drink, instead opting for a virgin Sex On The Beach. I’d recommend it as a breakfast drink, very refreshing!
Friday was mostly spent finishing up shopping, and Saturday was a lie-in day. As if I deserved one! Sunday was full of cleaning, heaving a massive bag of laundry to and from the laundrette, and flicking through the local paper, the TV guide and the ‘Femina’ magazine that came with it. In the news yesterday: the local rugby team, ASM, beat Newport 49-24, making it to the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup; Miss Tahiti, Vaimalama Chaves, was crowned Miss France; and the days are running out to find the perfect Christmas gift, as shown by the number of shoppers in the local area. The TV guide had an exclusive interview with TV personality Michel Cymes, and Femina had their interview with actress and supermodel Laetitia Casta, who says “I’m tough!”.
This morning, I spent some time in a lovely café (Bar des Beaux Arts) planning blog posts (and drafting this one) while I was waiting for the shops to open at 10. I needed to get my sister something for her birthday at the end of December, as well as something else for Christmas. She’s been very hard to shop for, because I don’t really know what she’s into. My other sister loves makeup and Harry Potter, my brother loves tractors and Paw Patrol, but Milly is always tricky to buy for. But I think I found something she’ll like. The biggest challenge now is working out how to pack everything. I’m not going to wrap anything yet, since I’m expecting pretty high security around the train stations after the attacks in Strasbourg and the protests. The last thing I want is to have to unwrap everything in a bag search.
I might do a ‘haul’ post showing you what I’ve bought people for Christmas, but I need my family to promise they won’t read it. Will you? If I do, I’ll announce it on my Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as my Instagram story.
In the news today, the national handball team won the European Cup for the first time in their existence; an antivirus company’s survey has revealed 23% of French 18-34 year-olds would prefer a year without sex to a year without a smartphone; and in the Puy-de-Dome region 53’000 shared medical files have been created under the new French electronic medical records programme.
In weather, it’s a high of 10 and a low of 4 degrees Celsius (60F and 39.2F) in Clermont-Ferrand, with partially-cloudy skies around the Puy-de-Dome region. Snow is expected in Super-Lioran. Tomorrow, it’s expected to be a high of 12 and a low of 0 degrees (53.6F and 32F), and overall partially cloudy again. Regional rain is expected on Wednesday.
I think that should do it for today. I’ll try and keep up the local news and weather at the end of posts from now on. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day, whichever continent and time zone you’re in! A bientôt!