It's time for you to catch up on my life, yo.
Trip Start Jan 25, 2010
18Trip End Jun 09, 2010
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The week after the castle trip was Ayana's last week here, sadly. It was a touching and sad goodbye and I am going to miss her :(.
What we did:
Monday: We had a normal dinner. Afterward, we got to try Cedratine which is an alcohol from Tunisia made from fig. It was really good I though, but really strong. This is all fine and dandy, but they poured quite a bit into my glass. It was like 2-3 shots worth and this was after I had drank numerous glasses of wine with dinner. Oh the joys of French cuisine.
Tuesday: We went out to dinner at a Cambodian Restaurant that is owned by a friend of Jacques and Mauricette. It was ridiculously delicious and I ate so much food. I couldn't finish what I ordered. I got some sort of meat, with a huge side of fried rice and then another side of mixed vegetables that were fried in this delicious sauce. We had a Kir Mur for an aperitif, which was also delicious., Ayana had a virgin cocktail. We had wine for dinner and then afterward, we took sake shots. In the bottom of the little shot glass (apparently its a culture thing), there was a marble built into the glass, and when there was liquid in the cup, you could see the picture in the marble, and it was of either a naked woman or man. They did it to shock Ayana I think, but I don't really think she saw what it was since she just looked confused more than shocked. Ayana couldn't drink her sake shot since it was too strong for her, so I had two of them. I really do feel like an alcoholic here sometimes. I'm justified though, since the french always drink wine, and alcohol, and beer... and shots... and more wine..
Wednesday: We went to a creperie with Ayana and her friends. Chanell, Ashley and James came as well and we ordered galettes and crepes for a goodbye dinner. Many pictures were taken and it was a good time. The Japanese girls were a little shy but I met a guy named Shota that was really nice and he gave us all presents after dinner. I got a Japanese card game and it's my new goal how to learn it. All of the instructions are in Japanese, as is the name, but I know enough Japanese to be able to translate the name of the game at least, so I can search the name of the game on the web in English.
Thursday: Mauricette made La Raclette, which is kind of like fondu. It's Ayana's favorite thing that she ate here. How it works, is everyone gets this thing that looks like a mini frying pan that is triangular. Also, you get a cheese plate. You put the cheese on the frying pan thingamajig and then you put it on a really complicated hot plate thats in the middle of the table that melts the cheese. Meanwhile, you take some ham, and other cold cuts, potatoes and some vegetables and put them on your plate and then, when the cheese is ready, cover the food on your plate with cheese and then serve. Its a fun thing to do with a big group of people I think. Afterward, I think we made crepes, which is très français as well. Before and after dinner we drank and talked with eachother. After dinner we took shotes of Cointreau I believe and took pictures together with the whole family so that Ayana could have some photo souvenirs.
Friday I walked Ayana to the bus stop and said goodbye to her. As stated before, it was really sad. She cried :(. I'm going to miss her, but she left to visit Belgium and Paris so I was excited for her. I enjoy living here a lot, and I'm happy here by myself as well, but it was really nice having her around for someone to talk to and I learned a lot with her. It took pressure off of me at dinner time too since I was not the only non-native french speaker. I speak a lot better when all the pressure is not on me to say stuff.
On the weekend, we found a park near my house called "L'Etang de St Nicolas". An étang is a pond-- but it's a giant pond and a beautiful park. There are animals in there that you can view, such as goats, pigs, deer and did I mention wallaby? It was a fun time and it was free, so you can't go wrong. We found a playground and we regressed back into our childish selves to play on it. Let me just say, that either French playgrounds are way better than ours, or I just didn't have fun playgrounds near me. They had these spinny things that were a lot of fun. Chanell had A LOT of fun on them. Then we wandered some more. I feel like we were there for about 2 to 3 hours and then we found the exit, which came out literally 100 feet from my house which was cool. However, there was still like 2/3 of the park to explore, so we will have to go back soon, preferably when it's warmer.
The week that passed was pretty regular-- nothing too memorable happened. I saw Shutter Island (that was really good-- somewhat predictable I suppose, but the acting and directing was really good).