07.10.2007 22 °C
I have internet in my appartment now so time for a bumper email to fill you all in on my exciting times...so much has happened I probably won’t get it all in, but the highlights anyway.
So yeah all going really well so far actually, better than expected I think! Really pleased that my French is improving already but have been somewhat thrown in at the deep-end with opening bank accounts and sorting out bills with EDF, phone contracts etc. You really do need about 10 pieces of identification for everything here! Spent most of Monday and Tuesday just sorting everything out, but no major mishaps. As I said have internet and landline working, and received first bills from EDF/water company yesterday.
Am really pleased with my appartment
it's a big room with sofa bed, a bench-table thingy, a desk and a couple of shelving units, a little kitchen, entrance hall, bathroom and plenty of cupboard space....my 24kgs worth of stuff looks totally lost here! I've introduced myself to a student on the corridor and she seems nice, and said its really quiet and stuff here so that's good. I am right in the town centre, the supermarket is really nearby for all my 3EUR wine and croissant needs! The station is a 15 minute walk away.
Perigueux is really nice, pretty and fairly busy although have kinda exhausted all the exploring there is to be done and don’t think there’s much of a nightlife! There is a cathedral by the
river, a couple of museums, a swimming pool, an old centre with little streets with foie-gras and chocolate shops, and the modern centre with lots of banks and some clothes shops etc.
Although I have to get used to the opening hours here: a lot of things close on a Saturday, Sunday AND Monday morning. There is a big market twice a week.
Haven't spent much time alone so far; I stayed with Rachel in nearby village of Montpon for first few days while the former person moved out of my appartment, and then had another assistant, Leonora from America, stay with me while she was in a similar situation. Have met most of the assistants now (at the training day on Wednesday which was mostly spent going through administrative stuff), there are 36
in the Dordogne altogether, but I think I'll spend most of my time with the Primary assistants in Perigueux so thats like 5 or 6 of us really. They're all really nice and we speak a mixture of French and English together which is good although bit worried that now I’ve sorted stuff out and made really good friends with English assistants I’m not going to be speaking much French, but we’ll see. Had a brilliant night last night with Rachel, Louise and Lynn (Leonora)…haven’t laughed so much in AGES, and am loving being able to sit outside till late in the evening and not get cold!
Joe is coming to visit in a week and a half (yay yay yay!!!) and mum and dad the week after...can't wait for them to see everything. I'd like to get home for Alex's 18th birthday or at some other point in the term to see Joe and stuff, but I'm going to have to see if it'll be possible to sort anything out with the schools (similarliy for the end of term). The Bergerac-Exeter flights are Fridays and Mondays. We'll see....am currently considering going home in halfterm as not sure what there's going to be to do here, but maybe that's a bit soon, and will be close to having seen Joe/parents here, so we'll see. sure something will sort out.
Next week we have some teacher training which I think will be quite good, and I'm ready to have something proper to do. And then I'll start teaching on the 15th. On Mondays and Thursdays I'll get a bus to nearby school and do 8.30 to 15.30 there (will be a very early start), and Tuesdays and Fridays I do 8.30 to 11.15 in a school literally 30 secs from me. Went there today and the headmaster is so lovely, quite young and very understanding and helpful...he's even going to get me a photocopying card; Im a real teacher!!! The children were all really cute too, saying 'ello' and 'goodbye' when he introduced me to them.
The weather has been warm, a bit too humid at times (although it looks like we might get a thunder storm later this evening), but pretty nice for October!
Ok, have got the blog all up to date, so hopefully can keep it that way from now on!