Destination: Discounts

Hey guys, how are you all doing today? Welcome back to An Introvert Abroad! We took a break last week, but it’s back to scheduled programming here on out.

It’s been an interesting week, since I’ve been doing a lot more travelling than usual. That’s because I’ve changed where I shop. Instead of popping round the corner to Auchan, I’ve started taking the bus to Lidl, which is further out but definitely worth it. Most items are cheaper there, but I’ll admit it does lack some stuff. For example, they don’t have a great range of cleaning products, and sometimes there isn’t enough fresh produce, so I have to shop around to get what I need. Luckily, there’s a Casino superstore across the road, which holds more items but is sometimes a bit pricier than Lidl, and a Crousti Pain for fresh bread. I’m sure I’ll still occasionally shop at Spar and Auchan for when I need desperately need something quickly. But for my general shop, I’m going discount.

Still on the subject of food, most of these past few weeks has been spent eating out of cans. Every time I spoon the contents of tinned food onto a plate or into a bowl I feel like I’m feeding the dog. Plus, tinned food will never properly replace fresh food for me. I have cooked fresh a few times, but always in big batches. Last week was a pork and tomato rice pot dish, taken from The Student Cookbook by Bounty Books (here’s a similar dish: https://bit.ly/2FLhYmp), and this week was tomato and meatball pasta. We ate out once to use my restaurant vouchers, at a lovely Thai place called Pitaya. I wish I knew how to cook their dishes, they’re all delicious!

I’ve also started to plan meals more. For Christmas, I was gifted a food-related 2019 diary, with seasonal produce on each page and a recipe for it. I’ll probably only use it for meal planning, otherwise I’ll get hungry when recording my homework!

If you follow me on Twitter (@hughmillerr), you’ll know about my love for Eurovision. Over these past few weeks, France has been holding it’s own contest, Destination Eurovision, to let the French public decide who will represent them in Tel Aviv for Eurovision 2019. The first part was on the 12th of January, and they decided on the first Top 4 to go to the final. The second part was last night (the 19th of January), and they came out with the next Top 4, so now there will be 8 contestants in the final in a few week’s time. I was personally rooting for Gabriella, with her song ‘On Cherche Encore’, but she was ROBBED by the jury.

The French public would have placed her 4th, so qualifying for the final, but the jury’s vote ruined it. Out of the new 8 contestants in the final, I want Bilal Hassani to represent France, with their song ‘Roi’.

I’ll be providing live commentary at the final on Twitter, so stay tuned for it. Once we’re at the Grand Final in April, I’ll have my own commentary there as well, so make sure you’re following me on Twitter so you don’t miss it!

Another thing to stay tuned for is my guest post on my friend Niamh’s blog in February. On her blog Indigo Violet Diaries, I’ll be talking about studying abroad and giving my advice on planning and settling in. Make sure to follow Niamh to make sure you don’t miss it! If you like posts about makeup, style and beauty, stick around because Niamh gives some great advice!

And on that note, I’ll leave this post here for today. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day, whichever continent and time zone you’re in! A bientôt!