Has been a pretty good week...Tuesday I ended up feeling really coldy and SHATTERED and basically spent the day in bed feeling sorry for myself, but since then I've been a new woman!
Paris is all booked which is very exciting! Leave here 2ish on Friday the 25th, meet Joe in Paris at 6, and check into a hotel near the Bastille area. We'll have Friday night, Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday morning in the city and then head back after an early lunch on Sunday. I'm sooooo looking forward to it. I think soppy, coupley photos in front of the Eiffel Tower, a visit to the Louvre and a nice meal somewhere are top plans at the mo. But any suggestions of must-sees are most welcomed!
Have also booked a flight back to England for the 25th Feb to 3rd March, so I can see Joe in Bath and spend a few days at home too...Mum is pleased because just by chance the 2nd March is Mother's day so yeah I'm in the good books. I'll then come back and still have a week of holidays so hoping to make exciting plans to go maybe to the South-East or towards the coast? Biarritz? ALSO planned is a trip to Futuroscope..."The Parc du Futuroscope is a French theme park based upon multimedia, cinematographic and audio-visual techniques of the future. It has several 3D cinemas along with other attractions and shows, some of which are the only examples in the world." (wiki). Sounds AWESOME! Right up my street....not a big fan of traditional rollercoastery theme park rides but LOVE simulators.
School has gone really well this week too. Have managed to calm down my awful CE2 class and my CE1-CE2 class. A sad face goes up on the board at the beginning of the lesson and during the lesson children who are chatting in French/poking other children with rules etc etc etc have their names put up under the face and then miss out on the fun games/songs etc at the end of the class. The two really awful boys ended up writing "I like bananas" 5 times while the rest of us played pendule...I felt bad giving out lines, but I know teachers here use that and it really seemed to work, it was one of the first punishments this children have actually responded to. So yeah goodstuff.
Had a really productive day yesterday...did 3 lessons in the morning, went for a good swim (which I really needed to do!), and then got my abstract and bibliography done for my year abroad essay, « L’Europe est trop grande pour être unie. Mais elle est trop petite pour être divisée. Son double destin est là. »
In the evening I went to Lou and Lynn's with the rest of our group and we had a "degustation" of bread and wine, which fun and yuuuummmmy. Then we had our first trip to Perigueux's club scene! The first place we went to we quickly left again as we were LITERALLY the only people there, ha ha. But then we moved to the "L'ouvre-boite" and had a pretty good time. We were the only people dancing at first but there was a big enough group of us for that to be a laugh and soon the Frenchies got going to and yeah had a good night. Best bit was free entry/free cloakroom and drinks weren't that expensive either (although its all about supermarket wine first!) so will definately be going back for a dance again soon methinks.
The French are really into the New Year thing, still now, when we're almost half way through January people are wishing each other "bonne annee, meillieurs voeux"...it's another one of those nice French things really, just taking the time to say it.
Off for dinner at Muriel's tonight and maybe going to a tea festival with another teacher tomorrow!