December 21, 2007

Strikes – and nearly half my time here gone!

So…since the 14th of november lots has happened! I last wrote on the 14th, when the university started striking with the blockage of the university buildings. For a couple of weeks we had no lectures at all, but the ERASMUS courses soon started up again, as part of a deal – so that ERASMUS students wouldnt suffer from the issues of the french students. So we had to find alternative venues for our lectures.
In the mean time I did some french folk dancing, went to some concerts (AIR and les Vulgaires Machins), went ice skating, went home for Paul’s wedding and Kieron’s birthday, went to a light festival, bought some skis and went SKIING!
The university has been open again for a couple of weeks, but some courses only started properly again a week or so ago. So there’s been lots of problems with reorganisation of the semester – meaning exams are after christmas for non-Erasmus modules, and that the second semester will start a week later than it was supposed to.
I have had most of my exams though, and have passed everything officially so far. Although I did actually fail my italian comprehension exam – but it was really hard and the teacher was really nice and is taking my first mark as my overall mark.
But now the important bit – I’ve now been skiing three times. The first day I had a full day of lessons, and the other two days I went with Jack, Julie and Emma, and the other day with Emma (different Emma), Sara and Laura – the second day was a bit worrying in places, as I was going down blue slopes (green easiest, then blue, red, black) – and I’d only been on the beginner slopes before. But it was great fun falling over lots, until I heard about all the people that had broken limbs – hoping I’m invincible though. May take use of all the insurance I’ve paid for at the end of the season and attempt to break something, hahah! But the third day was much better and I got some confidence up. But my skis are serving me well, and Tom’s thankfully agreed to try and take them back to the UK in april after he visits, so I shant have to find a way to transport them with everything else.
Anyway, I’m going home tomorrow for three weeks, one week at home, then two weeks in coventry (revising, writing an essay or two, and seeing friends) before I come back until mid-late may.

Anyway, here’s some photos of my last few weeks here:

Les 2 alpes

fete des lumieres

fete des lumieres2

ski1

ski2


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