Trip Start May 17, 2010
27Trip End Jul 17, 2010
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Last week, Angélique's old boss named Chantal from her previous hotel came over for dinner with her husband and little boy Mathieu. He is just as adorable as Liam if not more because he does not cry and he has already started talking making little coos, running around the house, and waving "ahvwahh!" (for au revoir). I enjoy talking with Chantal because she seems interested in what I have to say, and unlike everyone else here, she does not talk at 100000 words a minute. Dinner itself, however, was quite the farce. Whenever people come over to the house, Angélique will cook meat. So naturally, I was pretty darn excited... until I saw what she had cooked.
The pot held some odd looking concoction that I could not identify by it's smell or appearance
Last Friday, Alida, her friend and I went to the movies! It was exciting because movie going is always a fun time for me. We decided on Prince of Persia: Le sable du temps at 10:10pm. Meanwhile, at Alida's apartment we killed the time watching the France-Uraguay match where I realized that watching football (soccer) is probably even more boring than watching baseball. I understand it, yes, but an hour into the game and the score remaining 0-0 drives me nuts. What's worse, the background noise of the vuvuzelas makes me want to throw the tv out of the window. Alida made a yummy dinner which I inhaled, and we headed to the theatre.
In France, I told you everything is generally smaller. Well, same rule applies to the theatres. On a Friday night in the States, any AMC would be swarming with people waiting to see a movie. Nope, not here. A handful of people were at this cinema which apparently only had 5 theatres; a ridiculously minuscule amount compared to our 24 in America. I was reminded of the dollar theatres of my childhood: tiny, locally owned, and not too impressive. Going inside of the actual theatre was pretty odd, too. The lights were on full strength, the screen was completely blank, and worst of all, there was an awkward silence throughout the room. I wondered why everyone was so quiet when the movie hadn't even begun. I wanted to ask Alida what was up, but my whispering would have probably attracted a chorus of annoyed glares and shushes. I shrugged instead and waited in silence and within minutes, the movie began... in French. I guess I was expecting it to be in English with French subtitles, but no. Luckily for me, I understood about 90% (minus the humorous parts where everyone and I would look around, confused). All in all, I really enjoyed it. After the movie, Alida her friend and I had an intense discussion (in French) about it. I compared it to Aladdin. Alida thought it was more like Pirates of the Caribbean. Her friend agreed it was a mélange of the two. She dropped us off back at Alida's and I took Juju (my little red car) home.
Yesterday, Alida came over and spent the night. Nothing out of the usual happened. The house was just louder than usual with her boisterous energy.
Today, I really want to go to Pont-l'Abbé and eat at their McDonald's just to see how different it is. But alas, I cannot. Would you like to know why?
There is a spider hiding by my window.
Most people who know me well would sympathize in acknowledgement of the severity of my phobia. But most of you reading probably are scoffing at me for being a wimp and letting a stupid spider determine my travel plans. Well, there it is. I admit it. I am deathly afraid of spiders to the extent that is called arachnophobia. I don't know why, but when I am around spiders I become stressed and physically ill. My blood pressure increases, my heart rate increases, my stomach churns, and I go through the motions of an acute panic attack. I feel like crying, I can't sleep having seen one nearby, and I certainly will not get into a car with one in such a close proximity as I could potentially injure myself (or someone else) if one ever was in the car with me. So yes. I am imprisoned in the house because of a spider.
Maybe Cyril will kill it for me when I get home so that I can go out tomorrow.
Until later, I have no more to inform you of. Alors, I will update later.