I'm going to write in English today as I don't want to alienate my lovely readers from Angleterre! he he!
So last night was The Big Night Out in Montpon. We arrived at about 6.15 and did the bisous with all the Kickboxing chaps and their girlfriends/wives/children etc etc; Rachel is the only girl in the Montpon Thai Boxing association. The event was being held in the "foyer"...sort of a big town hall. We stood around for about an hour while they got ready etc. About 10 children turned up for their free introductory lesson, they were mostly Rachel's pupils which was funny, and it was cool to see them being taught the basic moves of kickboxing and then getting a little certificate each. Next up was Rachel's starring moment...she'd prepared a self-defence display with two guys; they gave her some grief and then she kicked some SERIOUS ass, but unfortuately couldn't go full out because the coach had forgotten his err "coquille".
It was really impressive but kinda a shame because not that many people had turned up to watch. Those who has turned up seemed mostly to be old people who just wandered out to the kitchen and sat down at the tables with their plats of sausage, crisps etc. Not quite the "fete" we had expected, so we decided to give the meal/karaoke (?!) a miss and headed back to Rachel's to eat. I think the situation was summed up quite nicely by Rachel's friend Jimmy, a French guy who teaches English: "Oh you are going home? I think that is a good idea actually. I think it will be very boring", when said in a French accent and considering how odd the evening had been this seemed very funny.
We tried watching a film last night instead, but being the party animal I am these days I fell asleep before 10.30pm and then woke up in the middle of the night asking Rachel "Did you see the cat?". I think I was dreaming about the cats in fridges and baskets I have been teaching this week...ha ha ha! Apparently when she seemed slightly perplexed by my nocturnal question I just repeated it slowly and loudly, like SHE was the stupid one..."Did. you. see. THE CAT?".
Today Rachel decided to take me on a new walk in Montpon...through some fields basically passing a "farm" with 10 alsatians trying to jump the fence and gnaw us to death and then, the particular highlight, a traveller/circus camp in the middle of nowhere which all the locals had warned her to stay away from me, and which came complete with a couple of llamas standing guard by the road, and various other cages which may well have housed tigers!