Je suis Palois...

Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
Trip End Jan 02, 2008

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Monday, September 17, 2007

It's Monday. There's no internet on the weekends. More international students have arrived here at universite... the French students start the first week of October. Today I signed up for a hip-hop dance class, as well as a pilates one, and then just had my regular cours de phonetic et literature. The weather is still very moderate here, yesterday was hot, almost 30 Celcuis. The weekend went well enough... although I can see why they recommend getting out of Pau... on Friday night we went to watch un match de rugby at a bar on the boulevard des pyreenes, et ensuite we checked out one of the local discotheques called L'Esprit. Safe to say it was nothing like Paris - things picked up around two in the morning and then continued until four or five-ish. Saturday I went out into the countryside and visited a gallery about the jambon de Bayonne and then a winery. The best part was just sitting out in the fields, looking out over everything, lots of rolling hills and flowers, warm sun. Sunday was a visit to the chateau d'Henri the fourth, here in Pau, et apres ca was a very nice lunch out at a cafe. This week, aside from classes, there will be a visit to une usine de chocolat and on Friday we're leaving for San Sebastien for the weekend!! I'm really looking forward to that. I've been meeting more French people my age, which means excellent practice for ma francaise, and also being brought into the more local social scene here. Despite the many activities and new people and beauty of France, I'm definately getting to that point of where, as Carrie Bradshaw would say, the lonliness is palpable. I miss everyone from home, my bed that doesn't crunch when I lay down on it, a shower that is actually relaxing, a kitchen that I want to cook in, a place that really feels like home, everything. This is still the beginning and feeling this way is normal I suppose... but it's a lot harder than I thought it would be. Looking in on this experince from the outside, I always thought what an incredible adventure it would be, going to the otherside of the world, changing my life. And true to that, many things about being here have been wonderful, but just as many have also been disappointments. I know it's up to me to make this work, to have the right attitude and find the things that make me happy. But it's the struggle against sadness that never ends... that makes everything all the more difficult. There is some good news though - Papa is coming to visit me!!! In just nine days (grace a dieu!!!). I know that will be so great and I can't wait :) As more time goes on and things continue to get busier, I'll be hoping for the best and trying to make the absolute most of my time here in fabulous Europe. I'm missing everyone from home and hope you're all well... keep in touch mes amis!! ~ Anna.
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