Hey guys, how are you all doing today? I hope you’ve had a great week so far! It’s been a busy one in Clermont-Ferrand!
The start of the week brought in the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. It’s like the Cannes Film Festival, but the films are open for everyone to watch. Around the town, there are various venues displaying these films, from the Maison de la Culture to the UCA law building. You can usually buy a guide to find the films that take your fancy, and various merchandise like messenger bags, posters, notebooks. Although the festival finished yesterday, it’s an annual affair so there’s always next time if you missed it.
Also this week was the first start to my three-part series about the town of Clermont-Ferrand. We covered the history and geography of the area as well as some notable locations in the town. If you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for? Read it here: https://bit.ly/2WTc6gV. The second part is coming this Wednesday 13th, and it’s all about food and drink as I talk about my local haunts and watering holes, as well as Auvergne traditional foods.
I attended the Erasmus welcome day this week as well, which was nice because I got to meet some new people. Although I didn’t get much more information, I did get a clue of what modules I could take this semester and how to find things on the online portal. It’s just as much of a nightmare as last semester, not least because they only told us now the deadline for choosing our modules has already technically passed without telling us before. So I have to have all of my paperwork done for next week. Honestly, if organisation is this bad at school-level, god help the people working in government.
I’m happy with my choices, since they fit my actual degree more this time, and I haven’t made the bad decision of taking a difficult language to learn. Instead, I’m doing a high level of German since I’ve studied it alongside French for years. Although I’ve forgotten a lot of vocabulary, the basics are still rattling around my brain and I can kind of have a conversation if I work around forgotten words.
I still need to find some form of employment for my Languages In The Workplace module, but I can’t seem to find anything that fits around my current timetable. I’ve applied to a lot of places, but I’m getting emails back starting with ‘We thank you for your application, but unfortunately…’. It looks like at this point I’m going to have to volunteer in a school or somewhere else, since paid employment appears to be non-existent. Hopefully something will turn up!
The weather looks like it’s clearing up as well, with the past few days being relatively mild compared to the recent weather. In fact, Saturday was more like a day in March and everyone wanted to take advantage of it. Place de Jaude was packed with people, but whether it was the weather or the Film Festival that brought them there, I don’t know. It could have been both, though!
I’ve also been trying, and failing, to avoid shopping since having my student loan paid in. While I do sometimes (always) buy unnecessary stuff, I never settle for a high price and I love a bargain. So the shirt I bought the other day wasn’t too pricey, because it was in the sale, and was down to 3.99 from 19.99. A bargain? I think so! I made quite the fashion statement the other night, wearing a purple and red plaid shirt with black jeans (not too outlandish so far) and a beret to top it all off (it’s called fashion sweetie, look it up). To be fair, I’d bought the beret in Paris over the summer and had never found an opportunity to wear it, so on it went. At least I didn’t slip my 4-inch platforms on, that would certainly be a lewk.
I’ll leave this post here for today. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Wednesday’s post, I’ll see you there! I hope you enjoy the rest of your day, whichever continent and time zone you’re in! A bientôt!