Post Christmas

Trip Start Dec 10, 2008
Trip End Jan 15, 2009

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Saturday, December 27, 2008


Today is day 2 of Christmas. We woke up late and looked outside. It looked okay, so we decided to go skiing.
As there will be people staying in the middle apartment, I have to move upstairs into Jessica's room. I don't mind too much, it's just hard to pack up all my stuff. I realized that I will have to be quite efficient with my suitcase packing on the way home, as when I packed all my things to move, it only just fit, and I haven't finished shopping yet! I'm thinking of getting those zip lock bags, packing my clothes in and sucking the air out---or perhaps I will just sit on my suitcase and get Jessica to zip it up, you know, whatever works.
After Jessica and I made a few trips up and down to get my things, we left to go to her grandmother's for lunch. Her grandmother didn't eat lunch with us, so we watched Mr. & Mrs. Smith in French. I still find it weird as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie speak French. As Jessica and I had only eaten an hour or so ago, we weren't super hungry.
After we had finished, her grandmother took us to the snow. It was really windy today, at 120km/h. Needless to say, none of the chairlifts were operating. Just the teleski. It was so windy that it was unpleasant to sit on the teleski. One time it was really bad because the teleski stopped, and we sat there for at least five minutes. What rubbed salt into the wound was that there was another teleski right next to our one, and I sat there as I watched twenty or so people go quickly past me. By that time we had skied for an hour. After that experience, Jessica and I returned to Martine's work. We sat there until she had finished up at 3.
We then went home and got changed. We were wet and cold. We went down to Bourg-Saint-Maurice to do some grocery shopping, and we looked through the shops next door. We then returned to the house and gathered up our presents to take to the family dinner. It was Roland's family at the grandmother's house where we often eat lunch. There, there was also Jessica's two cousins, Florian and Roman, who would be in their late teens, early twenties. There was also their parents. The table was set for all of us, with a little gift on our plates. We opened the presents and they were ornaments for a Christmas tree.
Dinner was lovely, lots and lots of food. There was even two dessert courses! Dinner was fun, too. I learnt what to say when you toast, like back home we say cheers, but here, it's chin. We also drank the wine that Dad gave Jessica's grandmother when Jessica returned to France. They served me the tiniest bit, but I didn't like it at all so we tipped mine into Martine's glass. Funny how I have to come all the way to France to first taste my dad's musket. Everyone else really like it though, and it was finished quickly.
Then it was present time. I wasn't expecting anything, I was just excited to hand out my presents. I was shocked to find six or seven beautifully wrapped presents for me. Presents were just being handed left, right and centre, so I didn't know who gave me what. I ended up getting a lot of things. Stuffed toys from La Rosiere or typical French animals, keyrings, chocolates, a desk calendar with French pictures for each day. Jessica's grandmother gave me a very touching card with 50€ inside. I felt so special. Roman, who is in a band gave me his album. I look forward to listening to it.
After that, it was nearly midnight. Jess's parents went home, but we stayed there. We played poker with Florian and Roman. Our poker chips were matches and toothpicks. I didn't end up doing too badly, although I've only played poker once before. When we got bored of that game, we played another card game. I've never played it before and didn't know it's name. I won a few times, but came last a few times in that game, too.
By this time it was past 1am, so we were driven home and went straight to bed.


Today we slept in until after 11. After our late night last night, I wouldn't have wanted to get up any earlier.
We got up and had breakfast and got ready in our ski clothes. We then walked with our skis to her grandmother's house. It wasn't far at all, but Jessica still carried both of our skis, so I carried the poles and helmets. Her cousins and aunt and uncle were still there from the night before. We all had lunch together. It was a huge lunch considering that we'd only eaten maybe half an hour before. I still made room for everything, to be polite. What was funny was that only the dessert was leftovers from the night before. Everything else was freshly made.
Jess and I left to go skiing, then. We met Patrick again and his wife. As his wife wasn't a great skier, we just stayed in France. It was fun; today was a beautiful day, weather-wise. It was really cold, though. We skied the whole afternoon and I had my first real fall! I don't know what happened, but all of a sudden one of my skis unclipped, and I face planted!
We finished skiing, and went back to where we started. We found a little market in the snow had been set up. You were able to try skis for the day, for free there. I'm not sure how it works, but it was cool. There was also a man on the radio, walking around with a microphone. He gave out these yellow tokens that you put in the gumball machine to get a free gumball. It was pretty cool. It was more of a showcase than a market.
We walked back to Jessica's grandmother's house, where our shoes were. We watched a movie with Florian on his laptop. I'm not sure what the movie was, but it was American dubbed in French. It was good for me because there was a lot of physical comedy.
By the time the movie had finished, it was dark out, so we went back home to get changed. We got ready to go to Christmas dinner at Martine's mum's house in Bourg-Saint-Maurice.
We drove there, and we were the last to arrive. I saw Patrick and his wife again, Christine (whom I had also met before) and her husband Eve and their two kids. The table was set beautifully, with crystal glasses and the best cutlery. For entrée, there was escargot on toast, ground up. All cameras were manned as I took my first bite. I was surprised to find it not horrible, but not good enough to have a second piece. They also had foie grass and her grandmother served me a plate of salmon because she remembered that I wasn't particularly fond of foie grass.
It was then present time, and I got a lot of presents again; just as many as Jessica. I think that both her families have just thought "there's another niece/granddaughter to buy for this year". It made me feel truly part of the family. There was even a shared present for me and Jessica from Patrick and his wife. We opened it together, and we found two little shovels that are used as toboggans. They were drawn all over with "Amy Fisher" written on mine and "Jessica Maitre" written on Jess's. It was the first time here that anybody had spelt Fisher correctly, as everyone spells it Fischer. They even write "left buttock" and "right buttock" on the seat and "2008 World Cup-Toboggan of competition" on the back. I loved it so much, I laughed myself silly when I saw it. Flowers and squiggles were scribbled in between all the writing. I got so many things, that I feel so spoiled. I had the best night.
We drove back to La Rosiere in good spirits, listening to Roman's CD.
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katemel on

From Bunyip
Hi Amy. Loved the shovel/toboggans! We now need photos of you and Jessica using them! It's great that you are 'one of the family' over there - would make it easier being away from your family. Every time you come home, you seem to be cold and WET - how do you still have dry clothes each day? Take care, Love Aunty Kate

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