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Today is a Big Day.

17 Sep

I even made a playlist for it.

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I only have one class today and it is from 19-20hr (7-8pm), soooo that means I can attack all the other things I’ve been needing to do but have been too preoccupied with life to accomplish.

1. Starting the process of getting a Carte de Séjour (fml, this one isn’t going to be fun).

2. Going to the CROUS office downtown and requesting a room change, Doctor’s note and all (even less fun than #1).

3. Purchasing the “under 25” card (or is it under 26? I can never remember lol) to get discounts on travel.

4. Shoppingggg.  It sounds frivolous, but it is well needed.  I’m hoping to get a blanket that doesn’t look like dog bedding from 1973.

Wish me luck!

xxo

The Thirsty Street. Also Known As “La Rue de la Soif”

4 Sep

Salut mes amis!

Last night was really fun!  Could you tell by my last post?  lol

I met some Irish girls at this mini orientation thing yesterday morning and although I really want to meet & become friends with some french people, I know I’ll have lots of time for that…I just need to meet some people in general first.

So anyways, we met downtown at the metro stop St-Anne at 9 o’clock last night. Or we were supposed to. I was there at 9, but Elizabeth and Sinead missed their bus stop because they were chatting lol so I wandered around for awhile and discovered so many cute little shops and restaurants while waiting for them to walk back.  That area is so cool!!  Anyway, we went there because we heard there was an “English Party.”

How hilarious.

Sadly, we never found the bar and so we didn’t get the free drinks we had been promised, but we did meet some English boys that are studying at Rennes II as well.   So Martin, Rob, Sinead, Elizabeth, Catherine (a Master’s student at Rennes II that we met up with) went to a few bars together.  It was really great.  I had my first legal drink too!

I have noticed though, that I’ve kinda started doing a weird hybrid accent of American, Irish and British English since I’ve started hanging around with them. But as long as it doesn’t affect my French, I think we can be friends :) haha

We had another orientation this morning- way more detailed- and I sat with some Spanish people who I met yesterday morning as well; Marta, Blanca, and Anderique (?! I know I am butchering his name, sorry!).  We were given these completely adorable cardboard briefcases full of information and documents for foreign students.  P9040013There were apératifs after the orientation (how French!!  Alcohol in the morning and in an academic setting, no less!) and then a big group of us decided to go exploring downtown.

We had lunch, got rained on a little, and looked around the shops.  That area is very quaint.  I found the nicer, frencher (i know thats not a word but oh well haha) version of a Bed Bath & Beyond, which was a relief.  When my crappy Carrefour towels wear out, I’ll know where to go!  We also went to the French Virgin Megastore (very different from the American one) and I bought Coeur De Pirate’s cd.  I posted about her fabbbb music a while back, here.

Then our massive group parted ways.  A few went to get cell phones, a few went back and Sinead, Elizabeth and I went to the most adorrrrrrrrrrrable place everrr to get a coffee.  I should have taken a picture so you could see the preciousness of it.  Anyway, its a little cafe called “Haricots Rouges.”  I think I’ll go back no matter what because it was so damn presh, but anyway, it is a cafe, but what makes it special is that whatever you order, whether it be hot chocolate (a specialty of theirs) or a latté (which you can get with almost any flavor), you get a mini brownie square and a tiny shot glass of water to go with it!  It is completely adorable and delicious.  I had a hot chocolate that was amazingly frothy.  Yum!  Anyway it was amazing, and if you visit me, I will take you there :)

From there, the girls and I parted ways and I took the metro back while they took the bus.  I stopped at the Carrefour to buy a  few things (it feels like I stop there every day) and met up with some friends to do some serious grocery shopping/ kettle & cup buying (really that is just a little jab at my English friends who say “kettle”, “cup”, “mug”, “four” and countless other words with adorable accents).

Next on the agenda was some relaxation in the dorm, which really consisted of calling home (its always nice to hear my mom’s voice), checking emails, responding to problems, making “To-Do lists”, organizing forms and papers and other things like that.

Before I knew it, Friday night was upon me and I ran out to meet my friends at the metro stop in front of the University.  When I got there, a pretty big group had assembled and we went downtown together.  Almost all of them were English except for Barbara (Irish), Sam (Belgian) and Me (American)!

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RobWe all wandered around for a bit together, trying to find a good  bar, but our group was way too big and we lost track of each other.  In the end, it ended up being Barbara, Rob, Martin and I at a cozy little Breton bar with lowwww beam ceilings.  The boys had to duck because they were so low!  These are photos of Martin, Barbara and Rob.

At the end of the night a lot of us found each other again and took the metro back together.  We didn’t stay out too late because we are going to the Marché des Lices tomorrow morning and are meeting up with everyone at 9:45am.  I understand that it is a farmer’s market, so I am rather excited :)

Anyway, I better be off to bed now.  I wish I’d had a chance to upload some pictures for you- especially since this post was so long.  I’ll do my best to update again tomorrow morning before I leave for the Marché.

xxo

Traveling in Style

28 Aug

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slash not.  By the time we arrived in Virginia last night, I was the most unpresentable I’ve probably ever been.  My mom was impressed that I didn’t even need a bobby pin to hold back my bangs anymore, because they were staying back on their own lol.

It was a pretty neat trip though because now I can say I’ve been to three states that I’d never been to before! Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania!  Although I’ve gotta say- Ohio and Indiana: get off your high “east coast” horses and just admit already that you are part of the midwest!  Like, seriously, you don’t need to be an hour ahead of Illinois & the rest of us.  Also, your agriculture looks exactly the same as the rest of the midwest!

Side Note: Pennsylvania is legitmately not a midwestern state.  The trees were so different and seriously they are the cutest things ever!  My mom had to be sick of me commenting on them by the time we made it into Maryland.  They look like some great being-mythical or not- like a giant, a wizard, or even God, took his pointer finger and thumb and pulled the trees upwards from the ground.  Seriously.  Go to Pennsylvania and tell me the trees don’t look like that.

Anyway, I digress.

I’m happy to be here, finally (remember how I said we were going to leave Tuesday?  Well because of that physical that I had to get we didn’t leave until Wednesday afternoon lol), even if it is just for a day.  We broke our trip up into two days and stayed in Rockford, IL for a night with my cousin.  The rest of the fam was on vacation at Lake of the Woods in Canada except for Miriam (who stayed home to work on projects for her fashion label) and Anna (who had to work).  Sadly we didn’t get to see Anna due to an unfortuneate series of events.  The first of which was a cocktail party (i think) for work that she had to attend, the second was a car accident :(  Total bummer.  At least she is fine though.  And although it sucked that we only got time with one family member, it was totally lovely overall.

&&& I got to meet their new(ish) puppy named Charley.  Cuteeee.  He is a chocolate lab and by now he is past the true puppy stage.  He is more in the gangly adolescent phase now. Presh! although a little naughty at times.  He did pee on my foot. lol. But it was sooo much fun to watch him and GiGi play.  They were vicious!  The teeth totally came out, but it was all in good fun.

Alrighty, well I have much to do before tomorrow’s departure (!) and so I must bid you all adieu.

xxo

p.s. scary thing- my computer logged me out of wordpress because I hadn’t been on in so long!! I promise to be better in the future!

p.s.s. I’m still working on the invisible header thing.  Hopefully it will be fixed soon!

p.s.s.s.  It rained almost the entire two day trip! I couldn’t believe it.  And now, it just started raining like nuts in Alexandria, VA!  What’s the delio, weatherman?

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