I know, I know. I'll try harder from now on, I promise! I've seen so many people's blogs, from Angers, France and around the world that have made me so enthused about blog-writing again, and so ashamed for neglecting mine so much! If I had to come up with an excuse, I guess it would be that I'm so settled in now that I don't feel there's anything needs saying, it's all become 'normal' and 'everyday' for me, but not in a boring way! I just feel totally at home here, totally immersed in the language and the culture and just generally being French.
So, what have I been doing with myself all this time I hear you ask?
Well, we went to the patinoire (ice rink) a couple of weekends ago, it took me a while before I found my ice legs (?) again, and had the confidence to stop inching around the edge, always within a metre of the barrier just in case. After about 10 or 15 minutes, I was slowly remembering how not to fall over and wobble so much, and getting the hang of gliding, one foot after the other, gently shifting my weight with each 'step'. After a while, I was setting myself new challenges: make it for one lap without wobbling, falling over or stopping; go through the middle without getting killed; try to do the wavy foot thing (I'm sure there is a technical term for this, it's just another way of going forwards). Then we all took a break for drinks and to rest our feet (the hire skates were killing my ankles and the arch of my foot!), then back onto the ice for a final hour, where I got a bit overconfident, got up a bit of speed, and then overbalanced, wobbled a lot and landed on my derriere. Very elegant. It didn't help that there were some brilliant skaters there, as there always will be I guess. There were a couple of guys in the middle of the rink doing breakdancing, properly standing on their hands and doing jumps and spinning on the floor and everything. I was so mesmerised I nearly fell over a second time!
It was a good day out, my ankles and legs and bum hurt the next day though!
Other than that, I can't think of much to report, I've mostly been occupying my time with trying to sort out this term's timetable, and I think I've finally got it sorted! Monday and Tuesday are crazy busy for me, Monday I have lessons from 10.30am until 6pm with only 1h15 break, and Tuesday I have lessons from 12.30 until 7.30pm so I don't get home until 8.30 or 9pm, by which time I am starving, but then I only have one lesson on Wednesday, one on Thursday and none on Friday, so not too bad!
I'm taking all of the CUFCO classes I did last term, so culture, conversation and French language, plus the others I've chosen, which are 2 translation classes (one French to English, one English to French), a History of Art class, and two classes with my favourite teacher, Monsieur Levy. One is about art, cinema and culture, the other one is more general discussion about the news. I have extra work to do for his classes to, to make the 2 credits into 3, so I'm excited about that!
I have some very exciting news to report.
I have been wanting to visit my Auntie in Torino, Italy, for ages now, but after having overspent by a very long way last term, I really just couldn't afford it. I was talking to my Uncle (my dad's and auntie's brother) on Skype the other night, and he said he would treat me to the train tickets! I am SO excited. It's all booked, I leave at about 8am on Friday morning, and arrive in Torino at 17h30, so a long day of travelling, but it will be worth it. I'll spend the weekend with my Aunt, then my train leaves at 8am on Tuesday and arrives about 17h in Angers. I'll make sure to take my camera with me and do a blog post!