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two ghettos and a palace

4 Feb

The day has finally comeeeee!! I’m moving into fucking Versailles! Ok, not really, but almost!

Today I picked up the key to my new place (to anyone and everyone who has my address, it is staying the same so don’t worry about having the wrong one!) and it is fucking brilliant…oops haha some of that British/Irish slang is wearing off on me. But seriously. idk how to explain the splendor that I am about to live in any way except by using the word brilliant.

Here is a little history of my nomadic journey through the Résidences Universitaires of Rennes:

1. Sunday August 30th, 2009: Arrived in France, took the train to Rennes, and stayed in a hostel.

2. Monday, August 31st, 2009: My coordinator François picked me up and took me to my first dorm.  It was called Maine I, but it was quickly dubbed “the ghetto” due to the sketchy-ass parking lots where intimidating men would hang out. To make its less than ideal location seem even worse, when you opened the door to ghetto number 1, it was like entering a 1960’s time warp.  Thanks in part to an allergy to mold, I fled this building’s mauve walls and sketchy parking lots on…

3. Monday, November 2nd: The day that I moved from Maine I to Alsace.  Alsace is right next to the University and in a much less sketchy area. It’s right next to the metro as well so I didn’t have to worry about being late as often.  The complex is composed of many buildings- all of which are new or remodeled, except the one in which I was placed. This room was infinitely better, and actually rather spacious compared to my previous accommodations, however I still shared three disgusting toilets (in the US these toilets, which are a trillion times better than what I had in ghetto number 1, would not even be considered real toilets) four showers with 30+ people.  Even worse were the kitchen facilities, which consisted of two hot plates and a microwave, none of which worked regularly. The absolute worst part about ghetto number two, however, was the refrigerator. I shared this mini-fridge, sans freezer, mind you, with 8 filthy people.  There were constantly packages of raw chicken and other indistinguishable forms of meat that had been opened and left exposed to the rest of the items in the fridge, some of which were large cans (tins, to all you British/Irish) that appeared to have been opened with a pair of scissors, or teeth, judging by the jagged edges I had to navigate around while trying to put my milk away. In all honesty, I might even miss ghetto number 2.  When I recieved the notice saying that I would be have to be relocated by January 10th, I didn’t want to move because I had just begun to get settled in my new environment. But on…

By Lucia Holm

4. Thursday February 4th, 2010 (today!): I received the key to my new room so that I can begin to move out. And I can honestly say, now that I’ve seen the freshly remodeled Palace I’m about to move into, fuck that! I’m in heaven!  I’ll add video later (I wish I had some photographic evidence of ghetto number 1, but sadly I do not.) so you can see the gorgeousness of my new place, but in the meantime, here are the perks: ridiculous amounts of storage, colorful!, tables in the communal kitchens, new appliances, MY OWN TOILET, SINK, SHOWER, AND MINI-FRIDGE WITH FREEZER IN MY ROOM, and likely a better internet connection because instead of crappy wireless I’ll be plugged in via ethernet cord.  I’m still shocked and overwhelmed and excited and…!

This is the beginning of a very beautiful four months.  I can feel it!

Anyone in Rennes feel like getting a celebratory drink ce soir?! Wish me luck with the move

xxo bisous

p.s. I postponed my trip to Paris until tomorrow

Room Switch

12 Oct

hey girl heyyyy!


I opened my inbox & was surprised with fabulous news!  I’m going to be moving from my current dorm “Maine 1” to “Alsace” on November 1st.  I had pretty much given up all hope of switching rooms, but my man François worked his magic and is making it happen.  I didn’t blog too much about my room because it was depressing enough to have to live here, let alone have everyone pity me for my wretched living situation, i.e. no toilet seats + ’60s timewarp.  Also, I’m allergic to mold -which is currently infesting my room- and so I’m getting to move into the remodeled dorms :D  Oh, and on top of all that, I keep getting mysterious bites every few weeks.  Hmm…


Needless to say, I am thrilled to be getting out of here for a place that has tables in its kitchens.  Although I am nervous to have to pack up…I feel like I’ve accumulated quite a bit in the past month or so.

Hope your week is starting off as marvelously as mine is!


oh hey. didn’t see you there.

22 Aug

ok. so i lied. about updating my blog. mybad. life is feeling particularly busy right now, if you can’t tell.  It’s motherfucking crunch time. And you really aren’t missing out too much on the past week. So don’t feel bad about it ;)

I am in the process of unpacking all of my clothing from Colorado and then repacking them for my trip to France.  I have so much stuffffff. gahh.  Literally, no exaggeration, the entire floor of my room (& there isn’t a bed because it is in VA) is covered with boxes and suitcases full of my clothes.  So basically this process is a teeny bit daunting.  But I’m kinda looking forward to the re-packing part because my mom got me a new suitcase and it is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!  Here it is (i think this is it at least lol), check it out:I can’t wait until I’m done with all this nitty-gritty shit!  I just found out that I have one more document that needs to be filled out by a physician or else I won’t be able to move into the dorms. FML!  Its killing me because I felt so prepared and in reality I’m not! I am literally sick to my stomach with stress.

I feel for all those people who are really kinda unprepared because at this point they are probs screwed.  Anyway it totally blows because I’ll have to wait until Monday to even make contact with the Travel Clinic (who knows if they will be able to fit me in) and we are leaving Tuesday for VA.

Life would be so much easier if I was just flying out of IA instead of VA. meh. so hopefully all this stuff will get done.

cross your fingers for me!


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