October 10, 2005

La belle france – vendredi, samedi, dimanche et lundi!

Well, as I said Friday was a day of administration, as I went to the lycée I'm attached to in Antony to sign my contract, give them my bank details so they can pay me (most important!) and apply for my reimbursement for my monthly travelcard (equally important!) The secretary was very nice, and made everything very easy. Then I went to meet Lessy for lunch at her uni, at Port Royal (along with Bea and Sam who are also studying at the Sorbonne this year) which was really cool – nice to speak English for a bit! The french students looked a bit bemused at us sitting chattering away in the canteen though… Lessy came back to visit my little room at Nanterre (via the bank to put some money in for my insurance) and said it was much like the one she had in Lille, which was reassuring! At least it's no worse than the rest of France! We watched a couple of episodes of Buffy (that my neighbour lent me on DVD) before she went off home.
That evening, Julia and I went to the soirée for all the residents here, which was pretty good fun – slightly dodgy music, very loud, but we had a glass of wine, danced a bit, chatted to some people and had something to eat, so generally an enjoyable evening. However, we got tired rather quickly after our hectic week! So we left by 1am.

Saturday was less busy – I went to Chatelet to do some shopping (well that's what I do best!) and bought myself 2 nice jumpers, a vest top, a long-sleeved t-shirt (see all practical things!) and the complete series of Narnia books in one volume, in French! I thought since I knew them fairly well already, apart from the last few, it would be good for my brain to read some fairly easy french every day, and to have something to read in bed! In the evening I went to the supermarket and watched 'Love Actually' with Julia. Antony had left for his holidays in Tunisia that day (lucky thing!) so it was nice to have some company in the evening!

Sunday was a beautiful day weather-wise, so Julia and I went for a walk in the park at Nanterre, which is surprisingly pretty despite being in the middle of high-rise buildings! There's a high hill where you have a very pleasant view of La Defense and the general Paris skyline :)
In the evening we went to the cinema with Miguel (another english assistant), his flatmate Justin, and another German student Julia had met at the choir on campus. We saw 'Les Frères Grimm' which I quite enjoyed (apart from the ridiculous accents and the silly Italian character) but almost all the others hated! I think they didn't really understand the Terry Gilliam humour and the fact that it wasn't trying to be a truthful account of the Brothers Grimm…

Today was our last day of training at the IUFM in Versailles, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and which gave me lots of ideas for lessons and materials – I'm going to collect lots of things when I come home in October! The teacher running it was really nice, and is my teacher 'responsable' at the Antony-val-de-Bièvre site, so she gave me some idea of my timetable and asked Miguel and I to come to some classes tomorrow! I'd better go and file my papers…we don't have to teach tomorrow, it's just to meet the students, but we're going to think of a 'getting-to-know-you' type game in the morning before we get there!

I have credit on my french phone now, so I probably won't be taking my English phone anywhere with me any more. If you've all forgotten, my french number is 06 71 39 85 53 – feel free to phone! Plus Julia got THREE postcards today from her friends at home so I'm very jealous!! Please send me some nice things to decorate my walls with…!

More soon, Lxx

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