All entries for January 2006
January 31, 2006
Paris is bright and frosty, which I very much like – although I'm not good at being cold, the sunshine is cheering! On friday at Disneyland, however, it was not sunny, it was grey; it actually snowed! We must have been mad to go there. We did have an excellent day, though; we managed to do all the 'indoors'-type things, including Peter Pan's flight and the haunted house, and in the studios the shows 'cinémagique' and 'animagique', which were worth it just to sit in the warm!
On Saturday I went to meet Josh and Noura in Montmartre, as they were in Paris for the weekend. We had coffee in a little café, then went to see the Sacre Coeur. After that we had lunch in a little Pizzeria (including BIG ice creams – yum!) and Miguel came to meet us to show us all the little windy streets and shops of Montmartre, after which we all sat back in the little café for more drinks, and Noura and I went off to shop in a pretty beauty shop across the road, leaving the boys to chat!
In the evening I ran into Elena who invited me for pancakes with her, Paz and Paz's friend from Chile who is visiting. We had both savoury and sweet pancakes, and ate far too much!
On Sunday I had a lazy day chez moi, doing all the laundry, work, washing up etc that I had to do, and in the evening I went to meet Neil, Miriam, Sam and Sally and we went (via KFC) to a pub quiz in an English pub in the marais called the 'Frog and Rosbif'! I don't know if we won, although I doubt it considering the amount of guessing we were doing, as I had to leave when the marking started to get the train. I did drink beer, however, for the first time ever! It was actually ok…
Work yesterday was pretty much a waste of time, as I only had one student turn up, but I got to leave early and I went to the supermarket to buy lots of nice things on the way home :)
Other news that I forgot to mention last time I blogged (is that really a verb, now?) – Antony and I have booked a holiday! We are going to Tunisia for a week at the end of April, to a hotel right on the beach, with everything included :) I am so excited!! Apparently the weather should be warm but not horribly hot, and we'll get to swim and sunbathe and eat well and relax for a whole week in the sun. Yay!
Nothing else exciting to impart – I'll be back in London on Saturday afternoon for a few days, then on up to visit Antony on Tuesday, then back to London the follwing Monday until Thursday.
PS. I didn't like the film of Superstar – dad was right!
January 25, 2006
Having discovered at the weekend that Bex reads my blog (hello Bex!) and generally feeling guilty that I haven't written anything in almost a month, I have beetled up to the computer room on my way back from the musée d'Orsay (how very cultural!) to do an updatey bloggy thingy.
So, what has been happening? Well, starting from roughly where I left off (although I will attempt to put everything in a nutshell) New Year was fab – having done presents with Tom in the morning (he got a very swish new sony mp3 player doobry) I had to work 2 shows at the Palace for New Year's Eve, but at least it was my last day. After work a load of us went to the White Hart pub, and had a very merry time drinking lots of champagne, dancing, and speaking French (well, that was just me and the 2 French guys).
I came back to Paris on the 2nd of Jan, and worked all day on the 3rd 4th and 5th (urgh) so it was very nice when on Friday I hopped on the eurostar and went to visit Antony for the weekend. We had fish and chips, watched TV (I miss TV so much when I'm here!), cooked for ourselves and Hywel and had a very nice relaxing weekend.
The following week I also worked 3 days, so the other 2 were spent doing laundry and shopping etc. On the Friday I went out for dinner with Alessia, Thibaud, Dan, Ruth and Bethan (the last 2 having come up to Paris for the weekend from Rochefort) which was really lovely, and we ended up in a very strange bar called 'Urgence Bar' – the theme of which was medical; x-rays on the walls, pills and syringes in the clear-topped tables; and the drinks came served in either test tubes or baby bottles! Bizarre.
The following evening (after battling the sales in Les Halles) I went to Neil's house for tea and met Liz, who somehow I've never met before but who is really lovely! Plus she was a fan of Honk, so she also has excellent taste! :p We ended up making dinner before they went out for the night, but I was really tired so I went home instead.
Last week was again work-heavy, but then at the weekend I went to stay with Antony and to see The Wild Party on Saturday night! I saw loads of people that I haven't seen in ages (Hi Tim, Andy, Owen, Sam, Colin, Emma and all the MTW luvvies and dahlings!) and the show was EXCELLENT. I really enjoyed it, and had to force myself not to sing and dance along! I also had a really nice weekend in general – we had curry on friday night, went shopping on saturday and ate at EAT in the Arts Centre before the show, then spent sunday morning watching 'Dancing on Ice' and drinking tea before I had to come back to Paris.
Since then it's been work, work, work again, unfortunately, although last night I spent chatting to Elena, Paz and Julia, and then drinking tea and watching Desperate Housewives with Julia; and today the sun was shining, so she and I went to Nanterre ville to take some CDs back to the mediatheque (borrowed the DVD of Jesus Christ Superstar which dad told me was rubbish but I've always been curious to see, having never seen it staged, so I thought borrowing it was the best option!) and then I went to the musée d'Orsay. I bumped into Neil on the metro, he was going there too, so we got to catch up a bit.
So that brings us to now…any other news…um, oh yes, I've found a flat for next year! Very exciting, Olly was looking for someone to join the flat he's going to live in with two other people he knows who study German; Neil told me about it when I was at his house since I applied to live on campus on my own. The flat sounds really lovely, and it's not too expensive either so I think it will be a nicer option than living in a teeny room on campus with no living room! Hurrah! (Plus obviously Olly is a legend – hi Olly!)
Right, think I shall go and have a cup of tea now! I don't have to work again until next week, so Julia and I are going to Disneyland on Friday (with our year-passes, teehee!) and I should really do some laundry and reading and things over the weekend… Plans for the near future include going back to England in the holidays in February to go to the music centre ball and stay at home for a few days :)