Hey guys, how are you doing today? I hope you’ve had a good week! It’s the last post of January today, so we can finally move on to February!
So, as usual, January has been going on for about 3 years at this point, and I’m glad to see it go. It’s been cold, never ending and very uneventful. I mean, once Christmas and New Years have passed, January is a pretty grey, boring month. My lessons don’t even start until the beginning of Feb, so I’ve spent the majority of my time in my box room. Since I’ve been trying to save money, I’ve cut down on going out for coffee and drinks, so I don’t need to go out much. But this week, I sent my letter to Student Finance pleading for them to pay me my maintenance loan so I can, you know, eat and stuff. Well, I say pleading. I went for language like ‘I would like to bring to your attention’ and ‘If you should wish to contact me further on the matter…’.
Apart from posting off a letter, not much went on this week. People are starting to come back to Clermont, so I finally have people to go out somewhere with. Even if it’s sitting in a bar complaining about the cold weather or walking round a clothes shop and giving each other feedback while also complaining about the weather (I’m British, okay. Complaining about the weather is my forte).
At this stage, I’m trying to find a hobby I can take up that doesn’t cost much/any money and doesn’t consist of sitting alone in my room wallowing in the mess I keep putting off tidying up. Because I’m bored of sitting at the same desk all day every day and only looking at the ugly building through my window. Something I could sit and do in a coffee shop but also the laundrette and the local park.
Excruciating boredom aside, finding jobs seems to be impossible here. I actually need to find employment as part of a distance module for my home university, but most places around here don’t have any vacancies. Why would they, it’s January. I’m considering doing two full weeks of volunteer work in my time off in April, or if not, finding a school that would be open to me volunteering in the English classes. I did do some volunteering in a school in York for a while back in college, but I’m not sure how it would work in France. Maybe I have to call the school or visit the office in person? I’ll have to send a few emails to my study abroad coordinator to see what can be done.
On Saturday I finally spent pretty much all day outside my tiny box. Unlike the TARDIS, it isn’t bigger on the inside (I wish). I managed to get up in the morning (for once), and I sat in my local haunt The Australian Coffee House for blog planning. When I could organise no more, I took a long walk out to find a shop called The Pop Art Factory. I wouldn’t have heard of them, except they followed me on Instagram, so I felt I should at least check them out. It kind of feels like a toy shop for adults, with cartoon notebooks and Kit Kat themed handbags. On my way home I thought I’d have a look in the local bookshop. Turns out they were having a sale on CDs and DVDs, with older CDs only being 3€ each. I had a look through and went home with some new music (some of which will be featured in February’s edition of The Into Page). Speaking of The Into Page, I went out again for coffee with Rebecca to get some more planning done and to proofread posts.
I’ve also been planning my post for my friend Niamh’s blog, which is scheduled for the 18th of February (make sure to check her blog out here: http://indigovioletdiaries.com/). I’ll be talking about the steps you should take when preparing for and beginning your period of study abroad. I’ll keep you updated if the date changes, and I’ll try to remember to stick the link in my Instagram story. I’ll also write a post on the Facebook page and on Twitter.
I’ll leave this post here for today, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day, whichever continent and time zone you’re in! A bientôt!