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October 31, 2007

Update

I guess it’s time to update…I’m on holiday for a week at the moment – for All Saints – I think its just a lame french excuse for having a rest personally – but it suits be just fine.

Since I last wrote in september not alot has happened, I’ve been going to lectures and going to various places on the weekends, not too far afield, but I decided it would be better to explore a bit here before going further afield.
I went to Lyon a while back (must have been beginning of october) and wandered around there. It wasnt as great as I was expecting, but then I think I’ve become too used to having these wonderful mountains surrounding me – Lyon seemed a bit too flat for my liking! Hayleigh, Pippa and Georgia came to visit a few weekends ago which was really really nice, we did all the touristy things and watched the rugby in Place St Andre, it was quite scary as there were a few not-so-nice French rugby fans! Last weekend I went to Voiron for the day to go to the Chartreuse museum – it was really interesting but chartreuse (the original sort anyway) is disgusting.
Mum arrived on Saturday and left today – we had lots of fun, ate lots of nice food and we did a few touristy things, though there isnt a huge amount to do here in that way. Though we went to Annecy yesterday which was lovely, apart from I was ill and tired and it was cold and rainy – not the best combination.
Tomorrow I’m going to Dijon to visit Hayleigh – really glad I decided to go now as most of my housemates are away this week and it would be lonely otherwise.

Course-wise its all a bit boring, I’m not especially interested in many of the subjects – I’m essentially doing all the bits I enjoyed least in first and second year, but more of it.
I’m doing (incase anyone’s interested): French Grammar, Practical french (spoken and written), French/English translation, French Contemporary Society, Italian Grammar and translation (into French!!!), Practical Italian, Italian Civilisation, and beginners Portuguese.
Portuguese is especially good, I’ve discovered that I enjoy the initial learning of languages more than the steady improvement part. Skiing should be starting soon, so I can buy my kit (with help from Grandma and Mum’s donations!) and keep myself occupied with that, otherwise I’ll be going to other exotic places this term to fill my 3 day weekends!

Missing everyone from home and warwick,but I really love it here, and have made lots of friends (only one or two french people unfortunately). My french IS getting better, but I guess the improvement feels slower now I’ve got over my first few boundaries since getting here.

Will sign off now and will update soonish.


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