Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It's over.

It's taken me a while to get up the guts to write this post. It seemed as though every time I went to write it, it made it real... the fact that my exchange has finished.

I was about to write 'my life in France is over,' except it's not, really. It's only just begun. I spoke with my host mummy today (I love her) and Mimi (I love her too) and I realised that there are some people that you will never be able to part ways with.

Leaving was hard. Very hard. I cried a lot and denied it was happening, until we were sitting on the plane, about to leave Paris, and I burst into tears because it was finally over. And so Bree, Millie and I all cried and phoned our friends and parents to let them know that we loved them, to thank them, to just spend those last few minutes with them.

By the way, I finished packing my bags literally just before we left.

Being back is weird. It's like nothing has changed, but at the same time, everything has changed. I am a completely different person to whom I was when I left, and this makes me extremely happy. This makes it somewhat hard with regards to friends and family, but I guess that you just have to wait and see. And in the end, things will be ok. That's probably the main thing that I learnt over there:

"Don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing's gonna be alright" (Bob Marley)

I miss France. People say it's hard leaving your home country, but I don't think people ever really talk about what it's like to leave. Leaving France was harder for me, because I knew that this time, I wasn't going to be back in a year. It was for good.

I miss my friends. I miss my family. I miss the food (OH MY GOSH I HATE AUSSIE FOOD). I miss my room. I miss my double bed. I miss Mazeres. I miss high school. I miss philosophy class. I miss giving la bise to everyone. I miss the culture. I miss my life.

Exchange was incredible, without a doubt THE best experience of my rather short (so far!) life. I met some wonderful people, learnt a lot about myself and came away from the experience as someone a lot more mature and soft hearted. It was the best, but also the worst. Exchange is the hardest thing I have ever done and I can't recommend it for everyone, but it's something that I will never have any regrets about doing.

"They never said it would be easy. They just said it would be worth it."

And that, dear readers, it the truth.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My last night

I'm currently sitting in my room, with half an apple tart and a bottle of cider (yes, I love apples).
It's my last night and my luggage still isn't ready (I procrastinate a lot) and I'm not ready. I don't know how to say goodbye to my host can I say goodbye? I think I'm probably going to cry a lot, but I don't want to set my host sister off too, so I'm going to try and keep as strong as possible (it's going to be hard).
I can't believe it's really over.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I have now finished school.
I hate goodbyes.

I'm never going to be the same.
You mean more to me than you'll ever know.

TERMINAL L 2010-2011.

Monday, November 22, 2010

I love my host mum

"Yeah, so, I smoked shisha."
"And weed? Come on, I know you did."
"No! I promise."

She's pretty freaking awesome. We've had ups and downs, but I think in the end, she's one of the coolest most amazing awesomest people I know, and I'm really glad she's my host mum. What I love about her is that I know that I can tell her anything, no matter what.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

That is all.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pour ceux que j'aime.

This is a song that I've been listening to a lot lately, thinking about my depart. It's from the musical Wicked and I think it manages to convey what I'm feeling about saying good bye here. It's been translated into French (by me) for the people here. Go to youtube and type wicked + for good if you want to listen to it. Not all of it has been written here, just the parts I found really spoke to me. Basically the song talks about two best friends who are leaving each other and they don't know when they'll see each other again, so they're saying thank you for what the other has done for them.

Ici, c'est un chanson a qui j'ai beaucoup ecoute cette semaine en pensant de mon depart. C'est de la comedie musical Wicked et ca parle beaucoup de mes sentiments de dire au revoir a tout le monde ici. Je l'ai traduit en Francais pour vous qui parlent francais, mais je suis desole pour tous les fauts- c'etait vraiment vite-fait et je n'ai pas d'accents sur mon clavier. Aussi, j'ai traduit 'you' a 'tu' parce que c'est comme ca dans le chanson, mais c'est plutot 'vous' pour moi, parce qu'il y a plusiers qui vont me manquer. Si tu as envie d'ecouter a ce chanson, aller sur youtube et tapper wicked + for good. Je n'ai pas tout ecrit ici, seulement ce que j'ai trouve vraiment bien. En bref, le chanson parle de deux meilleurs amies qui se separent et elles savent pas quand ells vont se voir encore, donc elles disent merci pour ce que l'aute a fait pour eux-meme.

I've heard it said
J'ai entendu dit
That people come into our lives for a reason
Que des gens viennent dans notre vies pour un raison
Bringing something we must learn
En apportant quelquechose qu'on a besoin d'apprendre
And we are led
Et on est coinduit (?)
To those that help us most to grow if we let them
A ceux qui nous aident le plus si on les laisse faire
And we help them in return
Et en echange, on les aide
Well I don't know if I believe that's true
Alors, je ne sais pas si je crois que c'est vrai
But I know I'm who I am today
Mais je sais que je suis qui je suis aujourd'hui
Because I knew you
Parce que je te connais

Like a comet pulled from orbit
Comme une comete tire de l'orbite
As it passes the sun
En passant le soleil
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Comme un ruisseau qui fait face a un rocher
Halfway through the woods
A mi-chemin a travers les bois
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
Qui peut dire si j'ai change pour du bien?
But because I knew you
Mais parce que je te connais
I have been changed
J'ai ete change
For good
Pour du bien, toujours

It well may be
Peut etre
That we will never meet again
On ne se jamais rencontrai encore
In this lifetime
Dans ce vie
So let me say before we part
Donc laisse-moi dis avant qu'on se separe
So much of me
Que beaucoup de moi
Is made of what I learned from you
Est fait de ce que j'ai appris de toi
You'll be with me
Tu seras avec moi
Like a handprint on my heart
Comme une empreinte de main sur mon coeur
And now whatever way our stories end
Et maintenant n'importe quelle facon que notre histoires fini
I know you have re-written mine
Je sais que tu as re-ecrit le mien
By being my friend
En etant mon ami

Like a ship blown from its mooring
Comme un bateau souffle de son amarrage
By a wind off the sea
Par un vent de la mer
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
Comme une graine fait tombe par un oiseau-du-ciel
In a distant wood
Dans des bois eloingnes
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
Qui peut dire si j'ai change pour du bien?
But because I knew you
Mais parce que je te connais
I have been changed
J'ai ete change
For good
Pour du bien, toujours

Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
Qui peut dire si j'ai change pour le bien?
I do believe that I have changed for the better
Moi, je crois que j'ai change pour du bien
Because I knew you
Parce que je te connais
I have been changed
J'ai ete change
For good
Pour du bien, toujours

Je vous aime!

Monday, November 8, 2010


These people mean the world to me.

Mon petit poney Fizzle Pie (cherches pas...)
Titi, Mimi et Kiki

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pour Kiki

So, I told Kiki to go look at my blog the other day but she wasn't happy because it was all in ENGLISH! Haha. So this post is for Marie-Anne.

Il me reste 18 jours jusqu'a je parte de Toulouse, mais je n'arrive pas a le croire. En plus, il me reste que 16 jours jusqu'a je parte du lycee... et ca veut dire jusqu'a je dis au revoir aux mes amis. Je n'aime pas penser de ca car je me mets en pleurant chaque fois.

Cet annee m'a apporte plus de choses que je peux exprimer, et beaucoup de ca est grace aux mes amis. En Australie, j'ai eu en peu de mal avec des amis pendant lycee... les gens m'ont jete comme j'etais rien et je me demandais pourquoi c'etait toujours moi. Par contre, cet annee j'ai rencontre des gens supers. Ils m'ont pris comme je suis et ils etaient gentils avec moi (bon, il y en a qui ne sont pas trop, mais je m'en fou d'eux). Peut etre ce n'est pas bien mais il y en a a qui je suis tres attache et ca me fait enormement de plaisir de passer du temps avec eux, et ca va etre trop bizarre de les laisser, de ne le voir pas chaque jour et de ne pas etre capable de les parler quand je veux. C'est sur qu'il y a toujours Skype et Facebook, mais ce n'est pas pareil. Par contre, je sais que quand je revien un jour, ca va etre comme je ne suis jamais partais. Des vrais amis sont toujours amis et c'est sur que cet annee, j'ai appris qu'est ce que un vrai ami. ( La je peux sortir un truc de philo mais non...)

Il y a des choses qui me hate de voir en Australie, c'est sur... ma soeur et ma mere me manquent et cet annee ma appris qu'elles sont vraiment geniales. Le soleil, le chocolat 'Cadbury', les maisons grands et tous qui est grand la-bas. Moi, je suis tres fier d'etre australienne alors je suis contente que un peu pres un mois apres que j'arriverai, c'est le jour national d'Australie. Ca va etre super =)

Je pense que la campagne va me manquer... c'est bizarre je sais! C'est sur que ca va etre plus facile de sortir et tout, mais les champs et les petits villages mignons vont me manquer beaucoup. Quand j'ai voyage cet ete, les grandes villes etaient trop grandes et trop vites pour moi. Ici, c'est calme et pendant le nuit, il n'y a pas de bruit. Les fetes vont me manquer aussi... les fetes de villages cet ete etaient vraiment super et a Mazeres, il y a beaucoup d'animation, surtout pendant ete.

Le lycee va me manquer. Au Notre-Dame, c'est un peu comme une famille et il y a des cours qui m'interesse beaucoup... le philo! On a huit heures de philo par semaine et les jours quand on a trois heures de philo sont mes jours prefere. Il y a aussi les cours de francais. Les profs de philo et francais sont des profs genials qui m'ont beaucoup aide cet annee avec mon francais, et ils sont les matieres en qui j'ai eu les meilleurs notes (sauf anglais, mais bon... je parle anglais deja).

Ma famille d'acceuil va me manquer aussi. C'est grace a eux quand j'ai tellement change cet annee et ca va etre bizarre d'etre plus avec eux. Ils sont vraiment des gens supers et meme s'ils m'embettent tout le temps, ca va me manquer beaucoup.

Alors pour rentrer...
Toulouse - Paris : 25 Novembre, 13h - 14h30.
Je reste le nuit a Paris dans un hotel.
Paris - Abu Dhabi : 26 Novembre, 11h - 20h50
Abu Dhabi - Sydney : 26/27 Novembre, 22h25 - 19h35
Je passe le nuit dans l'aeroport de Sydney.
Sydney - Melbourne : 28 Novembre, 6h40 - 8h10
Alors ca me fait... euh...60 heures de voyage je crois... putain je vais etre completement caisse... au moins j'ai des escales.
Je passe une semaine a Melbourne avec ma soeur et je rentre le 3 Decembre a Perth.


Monday, November 1, 2010

So little time, so much to do.

This is it.
I'm almost done.
Less than a month left.

I don't know how I feel about this- half happy, half sad. It's going to be incredibly difficult leaving here, that's for sure. But I'm going to be glad to see my sunburnt country...

^^This manages to explain everything that I love about Australia in one poem.

I spent the past week (the last holidays) venturing out quite a lot. Friday and Saturday nights were spent chez Michele as Sat we partied the night away for my departure, Mimi, Kiki and Henri's birthdays. It was pretty freaking awesome. Monday to Thursday were spent in Brive at Bryani's house (another Aussie) with the immortal gang of Aussies- Gemma, Georgia, Bree and myself. I love these girls more than I can possibly describe and was actually extremely upset to leave them. We spent an awesome couple of days together- some of the best this year. I then went down to my IC's house- Evelyne- who is my exchange contact basically. There's no tv or internet at her house but it was lovely to get away for a while and spend time with her. The past few days were spent horse riding at a course. I love riding, but there are certain people that I just cannot stand due to their obsession with what level you have- it annoys the hell out of me that they don't seem to understand that the point of riding is not how good you are. I love to go out riding on a trail ride and that's it for me- that's what really makes me happy. But each to his own, I guess.

Peace out.

Monday, October 18, 2010


GEORGIA : You commented on my last post with some questions. Would you mind letting me know your email please? That way we can communicate directly =) I'm excited to hear about your exchange aspirations!! Yay =)

France is currently filled with people protesting in the streets and striking over the retirement age which has just augumented. Some petrol stations are no longer open and trains and planes are not circulating too often. If this keeps on going then food is going to be hard to get and I won't be able to get home. Being a foreigner will not be a good thing. Am hoping this stops soon.


Saturday, October 16, 2010


It's just occured to me that I write a lot of random posts but not a lot about what I'm actually doing, activity wise. This is pretty much due to the fact that I'm really quite lazy and can't be bothered writing detailed posts.

I don't really care though. But in ten years time I'm going to regret it because of all the memories lost.

Took a heap of photos the other day with the girls... I am going to MISS them.
FETE! Next week.
I sent home my first box of summer clothes today...
...But I keep on seeing clothes I really want to buy (and probably will. I'm in FRANCE, after all!)
It's cold.
Holidays next week (and seeing Breeeeeeeee! Yay!)
Constantly in French mode.
Got 6.5/10 in Philo. I am awesome.
My Philo teacher is insane...but a good teacher, nonetheless.
I will never look good in school photos, even if I am made up and my hair is how I want it and I'm wearing what I want. FML.
Twenty million strikes and protests going on at the moment because of the retirement age going up. Kinda worrying because soon the planes are going to be striking...
It's going to be interesting being back in Australia.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Applying for jobs for summer...
Crabtree and Evelyne

and to come...
everywhere else that lets me apply over the internet...

It's weird to think that I'll be coming home soon.
I packed a box today to send.

Marie-Anne died my hair on Thursday. I slept over at hair house and slept in the middle of her bed (sorry). And now I'm getting sick thanks to her.

Going to see my host niece next Sunday... this exictes me. A lot.

I love Philosophy.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Reasons for exchange...

If you want to go through way too much crap, go on exchange.
If you want a year of crying, anger, depression, miscommunication and anxiousness, go on exchange.
If you want to be yelled at, go on exchange.
If you want to understand nothing, go on exchange.
If you want to sit in your room alone, go on exchange.
If you want to be frustrated, go on exchange.
If you want people angry with you, go on exchange.
If you want to not be able to express yourself, go on exchange.
If you want to sit there and wonder what you did wrong, go on exchange.
If you want to be accused of doing something wrong, go on exchange.
If you want to attach yourself to someone, only to have them reject you, go on exchange.
If you want people to hate you, go on exchange.
If you want the hardest year of your life, go on exchange.

One wonders why I did this year.
At this point in time, I do too.

When the ground falls out from under you, learn how to fly.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I love my host family because :

They are amazing.
I can tell them anything.
They have changed me.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I love these girls.

Life currently consists of:
Waking up at 6am then staying in bed until 6.40, when I jump out of bed and begin racing to be ready.
Getting to the school bus ten minutes early so I'm not one of the unlucky few that arrive last that have to squash up three to a seat or have to wait for another bus to come. (This happened twice in my first week. This will not happen again).
Arriving at school dead tired although super excited to see my amazing friends, and listening intentively until 10am, break, where I eat Speculoos with Mimi and Kiki.
More intense concentration until 12, where I eat some postively disgusting canteen food.
And yet again we get some concentration from 13.45 until 15.35... where I once again eat Speculoos with Mimi and Kiki during break.
More work! Until 16.45.
Bumming around/studying, depending on my mood, with whoever is there, usually the epic Florian.
Bus time.
Dinner/being annoyed by my host parents (lovingly).
Study for about three hours.
And occasionally some horse riding and dancing.

In other words, my life consists of school work.
And for the first time, this makes me happy.
I love school here.

First EF meeting this weekend with the new exchangers... YAY!
Oral exam tomorrow for my work experience. No yay.
15 on my exam? Belly button done with the host mummy. YAY! For having a super cool mum.

Monday, September 20, 2010


One very short post to say:

This week I had my first ever test in which I was marked equally to the other students (not just on the way I wrote, but on what I wrote). And I got 12,5. Which was better than a fair lot of the class.

My life is now complete.


Friday, September 17, 2010


What I love in French is the way we speak about friends. There are two words for 'friend' : copain(copine) and ami(amie). Well, there are technically four words due to the masculine and feminine versions of both, mais bon. Two words. Copains are the people you know, you like, your friends, but they don't play a particularly huge part in your life. But they're great to have. Amis are the people close to you, the people around you that you love very strongly. I guess you'd describe them as your 'best' friends, but more as the group of best friends that you have... in Australia, I'd say that my dance family, or my clarity group, are some of my 'amies', for example. But there are also your 'meilleur(e)(s) ami(e)(s)', or 'best friends'. (The 'e' and 's' are there because of the whole male/female/plural thing). This are the people that you could never let go, ever, and they are an integral part of you that you couldn't stand to lose.

I find it hard to have meilleur(e)s ami(e)s in Australia. I have ami(e)s, that is for sure, but most of them have a meilleur(e) ami(e), who is not me. I guess my sister is my meilleure amie over there.

Over here, however, I have somehow managed to find three people that make my life amazing (and my host family, but I'll talk about them another time). These are Marie-Anne, Michele, and Florian.

Marie-Anne (otherwise known as Kiki)
This girl is INSANE. She is unique and special and I absolutely love her. I don't care what anyone says, she's amazing. Kiki has this joy for life that just shines out of her and it definately shows when she laughs. When she laughs, you do too- it's contagious- and also very... interesting... you start off my laughing at her (in a loving way) but end up laughing with her. Apparently when I first met her I had an expression on my face as if to say... oh crap... she's MAD! But we talked and she wowed me with her amazing flute-playing skills, and I'm proud to say that she is without a doubt a meilleure amie.

Michele (Mimi)
Oh Michele, what can I say about you? You always bring a smile to my face and you always let me hug you. Your explanations when I don't understand a word can be highly amusing but always make sense. She's the one ready to help me when I'm about to kill myself because I don't understand l'Odysee or philo or maths or Spanish or or or... Mimi was one of the first people in my class to really be friendly to me, not to her gain, but because she's just adorable like that. And she is always there to discuss our nutty philo teacher (Devil: Do that! It's good! Angel: Don't do that! It's not good!) or to hurry up Marie-Anne and Henri and discuss the possibility of throwing water/mashed potato on them. Je t'aime TROP FORTE Mimi.

When I first met him, I didn't know what to think. He was the dark silent one that never said a word in class, but I got to know him because of the ever-awesome Flora and Salome, and we both took the bus which meant that there was someone that I was able to hang with and annoy =) As I got to know him though, I realised that Florian is one of the most awesome people I have ever met in my life and my year wouldn't be the same without him.

And I have a lot of other awesome amis that I've made, French, Kiwi, Aussie... from everywhere. Thanks. You guys made my year.

Closeness has nothing to do with distance.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Carpe Diem

YAY! For people actually reading this thing =) And a shout out to the best sister in existence because she never stopped reading and waiting.

I have a host niece! Eight weeks early and born by caesarean, she's in the neo-natal clinic but going well. Sarah Geraud, 11-09-2010.

Time is getting on. I've been here for eight months and nine days. I leave on November 26, which means that I have no desire to count the number of days left. Why? Because it is too short.

In our philosophy classes, we've been discussing time and existence. We ask WHY, not how. Why do humans try to contol time? Notions noted : Time is one of the only things that humans can't control. We live either in the past or the future- by dreading or looking forward to things in the future, or by looking back to the past, with regret, or holding onto it and refusing to let go because it was better then. But it's kind of stupid of us, because we can't change the past, and it's not sure that we'll be around for the future. You could die. Tomorrow. Today. In two seconds. You don't know. I don't know. And we never live in the present.

This year, I lived in the past for a long while, constantly thinking of Australia, holding on, refusing to let go or change. My host family picked me out of this, shook me off, and changed my life. I lived in the present. But now, stupidly, I can't stop thinking of the future. Why? Because I can't control it.

I've changed. Let me just put this out to everyone in Australia, right now : I am not the same girl I was when I left. This means I refuse to put up with all the shit that goes on. And if you annoy me, you'll know it. Things like saying hello and goodbye are important. I am my own person and I do not apologise for who I am. I hate being told what to do if it's not in a respectful way. I live my life the way I want and I don't make any apologies for it. I know that I'm slightly repeating myself, but exchange involves a lot of repeating. What I'm trying to say is that I don't think many people are going to like the new me. I think I'm going to lose a lot of the people that I was once close to. I don't know how I feel about this. All I know is that I'm a better person than I was when I left Australia. I hate who I used to be. I'm finally good in my skin. I owe everything to my host family. They gave me my life back and I don't know how I will ever be able to thank them. And I wouldn't change that for everything.

So I'm trying not to think about saying goodbye. I'm trying not to think about the fact that my year is slowly drawing to a close. I'm just making the most of each day. I'm dancing through life with some of the best, most amazing, wonderful, incredible people I have ever met.

Carpe diem. It'll change you forever.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

La Rentree

Apparently I have two people reading this... Sweet... Oh well. I shall keep on writing for you two =)

Sorry if my English is a bit crappy at the moment, I'm definately in French mode at the moment. But I'll try!

All of the exchange students have arrived. It's great to see their excitement, their smiles and happiness as they realise that their lives here are only just beginning. I keep on telling them, make the most of your time here and value every second, because before you know it, your time will be up.

I only have three months left here. Time passes quickly and I don't know how I'm going to handle it the day that I return to Australia. I'm good here. I'm not stressed, I have an amazing family, wonderful friends... life is good. I've grown a lot. No longer am I the shy baby that wouldn't speak her mind and lived to make everyone else happy that I was when I left Australia. I live differently. I'll tell you what I think, what I like, what I hate, I'll speak to everyone and everyone, make my own decisions... and most importantly, I don't live for other people anymore. I live for myself. Does this sound selfish? Perhaps. Maybe it is. But I need to be good in myself first, and then if it brings me pleasure, I can make other people happy. So I made the concious choice- my life is mine, and it's me that chooses what I want to do with it. And that is why I think that upon going back, people will not be impressed by me. But do I care? No.

La rentree de classe was yesterday- in other words the return of the school year. I'm in Terminale, or in other words, senior year, and my timetable is really quite insane...
  • Eight hours of philosophy
  • Four hours of history-geography
  • Two hours of English literature
  • Two hours of exams (per week)
  • Four hours of French literature
  • Three hours of Spanish
  • Four hours of English
  • Two hours of sport
  • German classes when ever I can fit them in (which needs to be discussed with the teacher)

What exchange has taught me is to NEVER complain about the work in Australia... My mindset is now, think Aussie work is hard? Try doing senior year in another language, where you are at school for at least ten hours a day. Now that's hard. By senior year in Australia was a breeze compared to this.

It was great to see all my friends again, and surprising to see who out of them I was excited to see the most. I think I have got the most amazing school ever and really will be sad to say goodbye. But for now I'm just going to value the time I have with them.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

About Time

So... I figure it was about time to update my blog...who's still out there, following me? It doesn't seem like anyone really is, so am just writing this for myself, but you know... If you're following, drop me a line =)

So, what's happened since my last post? Well, MAJOR Culture Shock. Ha. That's fun. Not. But I got over it with a kick up the bum and major help from the best host family ever.

I finished off the school year by dressing up as a cowgirl and dancing YMCA, Bet On It and doing the Haka in front of the entire school, because I'm totally cool like that. I love small private schools... I actually think that Notre Dame is the best school I've ever been too. We might not have all the facilities and it may be old and whatever, but it's MY school, and damn, I love it there. Some of those people are incredible.

Then I did work experience at SNCF, the rail company here. I did it because everyone else in my class were on exams, but I didn't do them, so work experience was suggested for me. It was actually quite cool. I learnt a lot of things and talked to heaps of people =) i also had to do a rapport de stage, or a report, on it. This is not work experience Aussie-style. It's work experience French-style. Which means a report detailing everything that you've learnt and how the company works and the history and everything. Which ended up being 23 pages long. I spent hours and hours on it and I have to say, that I'm damn proud of what I've done. And if I don't get at least 10 I will cry, which is no joke. I also got a deal with my host mum, being that if I got 15 then she would come and get her belly button pierced with me, because she's scared of needles but I really wanted her to come with me. I love her! Coolest host mum EVER. So now we are playing the waiting game.

July was spent travelling Europe... I love the casual manner in which I say that! I flew out of Toulouse to London on July 2, to meet my mum and sister. The UK Border was very scary with the whole interrogation thing going on, but two hours later I was through and jumped on my sister in greeting. We went straight to Becky and Mike's house- my mum's friends who live near Gloucester. They live in a tiny little typically English village and it was lots of fun to see that =) Then it was off to London to be typically tourist. Truth be told, I think London could have been a lot better, but there you go. We also visited places Harry Potter was filmed and walked in amongst the rocks at Stonehenge... and I saw Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Chicago and Legally Blonde on West End. i heart Legally Blonde, talk about AMAZEMENT. And I met the main actors/actresses, which was pretty cool. (THE PACKAGE GUY! ...If you don't get this, get yourself to London or New York and watch the show). Then it was off to Paris, which was once again pretty awesome, especially EURODISNEY! We were really lucky because on the day we went there, it looked like it was going to pour down with rain, so there was no one there, but it didn't rain, not one drop. YAY! It was amazing, I love Disney. After that it was direction: Barcelona. This was my favourite place on the whole trip. I loved it there... the people, the culture, everything, and I can't wait to go back to Spain one day (hopefully) and be able to explore of the beauiful country. There were also some interesting experiences with the language, like when I mooed at the shop assisstant to try and find out of the meat was beef... it worked though! Kind of... After Spain, we returned to my house for a little so Mum and Sam could meet my incredible host family. It was really weird seeing them together and I think my mum and Evelyne got on really well, which was great. Then we headed over to the Cote d'Azur for a couple of days. We based ourselves in Nice and visited Cannes, Grasse and Monaco. This meant awesome times on the beach, lots of photos and an epic cactus garden. I cried a lot when I said goodbye to them at the airport, the blubbered in the train, but got over it after two or three days. So all in all, the best July ever.

In July it was also my 18th birthday, yay! I had a small party with my family, with pink, purple and pirate balloons, a pink tablecloth, pink glasses, pink and white napkins and flowery pink plates. It was awesome =) Two days later, the village party started up, which last for five days, and on the first night I had my two best friends here, Marie-Anne and Michele (better known as Kiki and Mimi) over to party the night away. And party we did.

August has been relatively calm... lots of work on my report and lots of going to the pool with the host mum and sis. And I'm not scared of water anymore which is pretty cool... It's actually the main way I've exercised in the past month. Yes, I did laps. Of a pool. Voluntarily. And I bought myself some pinkn goggles which are uber sexy, because the chlorine was killing my eyes. Weirdest thing ever here though... you're not allowed to wear board shorts in the pool because apparently it's "unclean"...

About four days were spent at Nini's house, who is my host mum's friend. She's absolutely adorable, Spanish and has a dog that waddles... I kid you not. It was incredibly relaxing just spending time there and sleeping, and I even got to hold a frog that we caught =)

Bryani from Sydney came and passed three days with me, which was quite epic to see and hear another Aussie =) Had lots of fun cruising Toulouse and Carcassone and watching A Very Potter Musical- only the best youtube thing ever. Watch it. Seriously. You will not be dissappointed.

And so now I'm on holidays at the beach =) My host family found another host family through EF for a week or so, so I could see how another family lives, so I'm here for about 10 days, and it looks to be great, they're incredibly nice =)

And that about sums up the last three months... waiting excitedly for the next exchangers to arrive (August 28!)

I LOVE my host family.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Culture Shock... a gay piece of crap that I never want to see again. Go away please. I hate you. You're a bitch.

In case you can't tell, I'm well and truly into the 'culture shock phase'. Please someone... tell me that it gets better! I can't do anything in this country without wanting to cry or being anxious or stressing. Fuuuuck that.

Okay, rant over. Let's see what good things there are now... I guess it's been a while since I've blogged, hey? =S

I'll start with Easter. We (being my host family) went to this tiny little random country town called Boule D'Amont in the middle of no where (actually, near Perpignon) where my host dad's family have been for years and years. At the moment though, all that's left there is Claude, my host uncle, and his five year old daughter, Any (Annie). We left the Sunday at about midday day, taking two hours to drive down. It was gorgeous, really different to where I live, and like a mini holiday =) We walked around the village (taking us like, five minutes, tops... I'm not exxagerating) and met some old family friends. It was truly one of those French country towns, except there wasn't even a boulangerie (and you know that in France, a town is miniscule when there's not even a boulangerie!) The night was spent playing cards and Trivial Pursuit with my host family, equally more bonding with these amazing people and a very late lights out. At nine am on the Monday, we were up and searching for Easter eggs... in the garden, that the Easter Bell bought for us. Yes, Easter Bell. Not Bunny. I thought it was weird too haha. Then it was off to the village for the fete, as in celebration. Basically we ate, drank and talked a lot... I had my first Easter Omelette ever (a tradition in Ariege) and took a heap of photos so I would never forget.

I also recently had school holidays... again =) We have them every five weeks, once again leading to my love of France. These ones I spent in Strasbourg. I left on the Sunday early morning with my host dad taking me off to Toulouse because there were no trains going from Saverdun (the closest train station) to Toulouse... of course, SNCF were striking. Praying that this wouldn't cause any problems, I got on my train to Montpellier with no problems. I had a three hour stop in Montpellier, which I spent by getting lost, interrogated by a random drunk, getting really hot, finding where I wanted to go, trying to find a toilet (I love you Macca's) and then waiting and the train station paranoid someone would steal my luggage. All in all, three hours well spent (I'm not actually joking- it was beautiful and an awesome adventure). Then, my train to Lyon was packed- people were even standing in the isles... Thanks SNCF. I did have a seat though, luckily and wasn't too badly affected. The train station at Lyon was horrible... people EVERYWHERE. I simply walked out and sat outside for fifteen minutes, before going inside and finding my next train to Strasbourg. This one was luckily quite empty which meant quite a relaxing ride until 10.20 pm, where I reached Strasbourg and was met by Isabelle, by host cousin.

I had a fantastic time at Strasbourg... I stayed with Isabelle and her boyfriend, Jeremy, two of the nicest people ever. I was also taken out around Strasbourg by Elodie, Isa's friend, who was incredibly kind =) Strasbourg was so different to Toulouse. I saw the most amazing cathedrale ever, Alsacian-style houses, 'La Petite France," rode around on trams and learnt that it's actually not too hard to get around a city I don't know by myself. I even went to Germany one day =) Lots of shopping was done (read: WAY too much shopping was done), as well as lots of sleeping in and lazing around. Basically I had an awesome break and a wonderful time... I love Strasbourg and was so glad to get the chance to go. I was meant to come back on the Friday or Sunday, but due to the lovely SNCF strikes (still going!), I decided to wait until they died down a little to come home without a problem... so got back on the last Friday of the holidays. I didn't realise how much I missed my host family until I saw them again, and was incredibly happy... I love them.

The last weekend of the holidays was the first village festival. Basically it was a mini version of the Royal Show spread out around the village. They even roasted a cow on a spit (yes, a cow. I'm not exagerating). I rode around on a tractor for like two hours and there was lots of liveliness and music and talking and food. There was even a black swan (yeah Perth!!). And probably the best part of the entire weekend? It was warm enough for me to wear a dress =)

School was back to usual, with the only change being that I've actually understood French lit for the past two weeks.

May 1st was the 'fete du travaille.' I'm not exactly sure what it was for, but basically 'mugeut,' a type of flower, was sold and we ate and drank a lot at my host brother's house. We were up at 5.30am the Saturday morning to drive to Toulouse and catch the train to Bordeux, then to Angouleme, where Sebastian picked us up and drove us to his house. We spent the day talking around the table with the family which was great. I was freezing cold that night though so slept really badly... then got called silly in the morning for not waking someone up that night for a blanket... I was trying to be nice... oh well. Sunday we recommenced the eating, then at midday it was back to Angouleme, Bordeux, Toulouse and Mazeres . All in all an extremely tiring but fun weekend.

Next weekend it's off to Chambery to see Mini, a fellow Perthian on exchange... I can't wait =)


Monday, April 19, 2010

Some days...

Occasionally, as exchangers, there are days where things just don't go well. We can't communicate, have cultural misunderstandings, make mistakes, don't realise things, offend people... a lot of the time without realising it.

What we have to remember is that there is always something good that comes out of it. Take my worst day so far. Something great that came out it was realising how much my host family actually care about me. And maybe I really am starting to become a part of my family.

"Every day may not be good, but there is some good in every day."

A shout out to the ever lovely Lizz. She's probably my best friend that I've met over here...she's wonderful and funny and my twin and I love her, but unfortunately her exchange adventure finished up after three months. I miss her an incredible amount, but it sounds like she's having an awesome time back home in New Zealand. My next holiday destination...most definately Kiwi Land to see her.

Monday, March 15, 2010


I love exchange. Long live "the honeymoon period." I'm meant to get into my Culture Shock stage in two weeks time, officially. Screw that, I say. I'm not going to expect it- because if I do, then that'll be my excuse always, and I won't try and be happy. I'm planning on keeping a positive attitude, talk to my friends, host family, and express how I feel as best as I can in French. Every day is a new day. Just because I'm in the time period of culture shock, doesn't mean I have to always be sad and upset and homesick. I'm expecting it, of course I am. But I want to be as positive as possible.

What else is there to say? Let's see.

My last week of the holidays was pretty good- mostly staying at home in pyjamas! But nice to have a break. Then it was back to school...oh joy, school. But yeah it was ok, I guess. I'm really starting to figure out who are my friends here and who aren't, and as well as that, I'm beginning to have closer relationships with people- they are 'amis' rather than 'copains'. I got my first ever 'bulletin', with and average of 14. 14!! Yay! People who don't know the French school system, 14 is good. Very good. I also got 19 in one of my English tests (which means FREAKING AMAZING work, like 120%), but then got 10 in another. But I did pretty damn well. It was a vocab test on all the words they had learnt from the beginning of the year (like over 600), then we were given 200 words to translate. They had to be the perfect word that the teacher wanted as well, he didn't want any synonyms...loser. And I was only given like, a week's notice to study. So yeah, I think I did pretty damn well.

Last weekend was awesome. I started off my singing in Spanish at my school's open day... yeah now that was interesting... We sang La Bamba and danced, and luckily I didn't make a total fool of myself. I think. My IC (as in the person in charge of me), Evelyne, came to the open day and afterwards, we all (as in her and her husband and me and my family) went to eat lunch, then I went home with her to wait at her house for Lily, her exchange student, Chelsea and Anna (two other exchange students). At Evelyne's house, there is no tv or internet and no phone signal either. It's actually really interesting to see the way that they live and how they entertain themselves...but still, I don't think I could stand it for a year, so here's to you, Lily. I was the only Aussie against three New Zealanders, which was an interesting experience! Haha. Oh, and Vegemite totally wins over Marmite. Anyway, we all bonded very quickly, as most exchange students do, because we understand what we are going through, I guess. Sunday we slept in... a lot! And then we went off to these gorgeous castle ruins on top of a hill, from the 13th century, I think it was! It was incredible. We took lots of photos and fell over in the mud and snow a heap. One of the best parts of tyhe weekend though, was when my host family came to pick me up and my sister ran over to me and gave me a huge hug... maybe she doesn't hate me after all! I think we are getting to have a real sister relationship now haha.

Then the weekend past was pretty cool as well. On Saturday, I went to Toulouse with a bunch of French and German people, as at the moment there are Germans at school doing a mini exchange. Didn't buy anything but had fun looking at clothes and being in the city again. That afternoon, I met my host brother, Gary, who's twenty five, at the train station and we went to Atyka... where I got the cartilage in my ear pierced =) Hopefully there'll be more to come! That night Gary, Stephenie, his girlfriend, her family and me went to see Holiday on Ice, and ice skating show, which was awesome- I love watching skating! It's so pretty. Then I slept over at his house, and on Sunday we drove back home and they had lunch at our place. All in all an epic weekend.

Cartilage in my hurt hurts like a bitch but so worth it =) Actually it wasn't too bad at the time, it's just the fact that I am a tool and keep on hitting it accidently when I'm doing things. Nice one Kirsty. I'm paranoid about getting an infection as well.

Basically life is pretty epic. Fracne is amazing, God is great.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Holy shit.

I just had one of those moments. I'm having one of those moments.

I'm in France. I'm doing an exchange. I have friends. I have a host family. I'm speaking French. I live in Europe. I'm living my dream. I get homesick. I get tired. But I'm here. And I'm gonna get through this year and come out with memories to last a life time. I can't believe that I've been given this chance.

I'm gonna give it everything I've got.
I have one year. That's it.
Why waste it?
Embrace it.

They never said it would be easy.
Just that it would be worth it.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Holiday Photos

You're never too old to play on Macca's playgrounds

Will I never be able to escape it??? And it's in French!

Host 'Mami's' house for Sandy's birthday

I love playgrounds

Apple pie! Yum

Yes, I am actually cooking =) Pasta =)

Where I spent most of snowboarding...on the ground =)

Still there!


I made it... finally.

Friday, February 19, 2010



I officially survived my first term of school here.

Haven't done a whole lot of things so far- it was snowing to start off with and I don't like asking too much if host mum can drive me places because she has already done so much.

-Monday we went to horse riding to see if we could enrol me and Sandy. They look really awesome and a lot cheaper than Australia. Plus, I can go there whenever I like to help look after the horses etc which is really exciting =) Yeah I'm such a nerd but whatever. Also it's only about three minutes from the house yay.

-Tuesday we went to Toulouse, me, host mum and host sister. We were meant to take the train but ended up on a bus due to work on the lines...or something...fell asleep on the bus. Sandy fell on her face because she wouldn't sit down, so when the bus stopped suddenly she fell face first down the aisle (we were sitting in the back seat and she was in the middle). Ate Quick, walked around a bit and got an epic name train from host mum. Swallowed something solid in my hot chocolate...ew. Found Cloudstreet in French. Was quite the epic day.

-Wednesday we went to the library and back to riding. Bought a helmet because it was the same price as sending one over and I don't like nits. Oh and got some chaps as well =)

-Thursday with the epic TRILBY. She came to my house at 9am, took the bus to Toulouse, ate Quick (again) and walked around. She bought a cow memo, foot scrubber and snuggie. I got mostly things for my hair because the heaters are drying my hair out, sad face, and I seriously need to save it. Came home by train (after asking the ticket person in French for tickets and having her understand me!), got rid of our monobrows by some lovely wax, watched Finding Nemo in French (and understood it!) and fell asleep.

-Friday (today) we woke up late and bummed around. Made some fairy bread and then the epic Trilby went home...So I Skyped for a while with Erin (boyfriend's sister) and Sammy (my sister).

All in all an epic time.

Sandy's birthday is next week, she'll be five. And soon I will have been here for two months. One more month until in general, culture shock'm planning on keeping positive though and hoping that it doesn't hit too hard. So pray for me please! I can't believe I've been here for so long already...soon I'll be eighteen years old and that is scary. And then I'll be going home and starting uni.

I feel so much more mature already and I am amazed at the changes that have happened so far. I can't believe what God has done so far and can't wait to see what else happens to me throughout the rest of the year. I pray that I'm a lot more mature and patient but also that I still am happy and can keep my childish, funloving side.

Exchange is great =)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Homesickness Sucks


I'm posting because it's a Wednesday which means NO SCHOOL in the afternoon =)

Homesickness sucks.
It's a part of exchange that no one will ever be able to escape and we were warned about it and all.
But seriously. I thought that our first three months were meant to be really good and exciting and such, but no. Me, I'm homesick.
Well, not all the time.
There was the one time where I spoke to Rand (the boyfriend who rocks my socks, hi!) over Skype, then had to go down to dinner, where my host mum promptly asked, what's wrong? My reply was to burst into tears.
But I think that so much good comes out of the bad. My family let me go up to my room and have a cry, then took me out to see Toulouse by night. We left at 9pm, and got back around 12, even though the next day we had to leave at 8.30 for ski. Best host family ever? Yes, I think so.
Then last Friday I got so homesick that I started crying at school, not that I let anyone see. But my friends made it all the much better, without even knowing it.
And today I've been feeling...I don't know. I hardly spoke at school today because I just really wanted to go home and cry and sleep and then my Spanish teacher was like, "Are you sleeping?" in front of the whole class, and I couldn't exactly be like, "No, I'm not sleeping, I'm just this little thing called homesick." But I came home and felt so much better... even when school is bad, coming home makes me feel so much better. I did Sandy's hair and makeup for a party she went to (wearing a gorgeous princess dress, by the way), I got my massive box of stuff from home (YAY!) and I spoke to Rand and Sam (the totally cool sis that rules my world).

So homesickness doesn't last- it's there for a while and then it goes. It doesn't make it any less easier, but it's something to remember.

On that note, a shoutout to the most awesome TRILBY, who lets me message her whenever I feel like crap and always makes me feel better. ^^There's a picture of us there, which isn't fantastic, but keep in mind that we had been travelling for forty hours or something like that before taking it. We were on the plane to Toulouse =)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I love my host family

And no, I'm not just saying that because they read my blog- Hi Evelyne and Bernard and Sandy!

I have been blessed with probably the best host family ever.

They laugh and joke and are just wonderful people. They know how to explain things to me and they don't mind if I get homesick or upset. They quickly learn about me- my likes (ie apple cider) my dislikes (erm...hardly anything!), they are patient with me and my French, they listen to me, they let me make mistakes and then correct them (nicely!) and give me so many opportunities.

I was so scared that they were going to be horrible- who wouldn't?! But instead, I got this family that I am going to be so so sad to leave, and I really hope that we will always keep in touch.

But in the meantime, I'm just going to love my time with them.
Merci for being the most wonderful host family ever!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

One Month In

I love her.
Even if she tries to CUT MY HAIR OFF.
One month in and I've finally got the confidence to yell at her.
You would too, if she tried to cut your hair.
But I totally adore her (L).
Oh, and this time a month ago I was probably fast asleep in my bed after 234702348 hours of travelling.
Life is good.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Church outside my home

Knee deep

It was cold, in case you can't tell.

How cute.


Because I'm cool like that

Me: What a pretty building.
Host mum: It's a jail.
Le Capitole aka Toulouse.
Random things I've learnt so far:
  • Being sick really does show who your friends are.
  • If you're an exchanger, the best thing that you can do is hang with people from your host country. Other exchangers are great, but there's also the issue of that you shouldn't go out of your way to find people that speak your language...and only talk to them. Even if they aren't really your good friends, talk to French people. In French. It's the only way that you're going to make any progress in your language at all. Sorry. End of rant.
  • Climate change makes you sick.
  • Some teachers just really don't care.
  • Some teachers like wearing brightly coloured children's scarves.
  • Some teachers don't do enough buttons on their shirt up = hairy chest = ew.
  • Four year olds cry. A lot.
  • Snow is cold.
  • Snow is wet.
  • Bronchitis should go die in a hole.
  • It's quite easy to forget your first language.
  • It's also quite easy to begin speaking your language brokenly with an accent so people understand you better.
  • Crepes au nutella rule the world.
  • I have the best host family ever.

Yes, I am still sick. And I am still bored. My sister is still at home as well. And she is still crying at every second moment. My medicine still tastes like crap. And I am still searching for entertainment.

Monday, February 1, 2010

You've got to be freaking kidding me.

I miss this.

Er, at least I think it's bronchitis, if I understood properly.
Home= Nothing to do.
Nothing to do= boredem.
Boredem= Leave a comment for me!

Friday, January 29, 2010


And because I'm cool like, that, you're going to get two posts in a week from me, after hearing nothing for a month.

And I'm going to write about my daily life, because before I was here, this was what I loved hearing about most.

I start the day at anywhere between 6 and 6:30, depending on how energetic I feel. Usually I lean towards the 6:30 side, meaning that I have to rush as fast as I can so I don't miss the bus. My alarm goes off at 6, then every five minutes after that. I then get up, turn on my computer and read any messages left. Why? Because during the day when I'm bored I can then compose the replies in my head. Although I know if I didn't do this it would make me not have to rush so much. Anyways. I then go downstairs (praying that I don't fall like the first morning) and step on certain floorboards as to not wake anyone up. I hope. Breakfast is a bowl of cheerios, and bread with nutella. Then back up to my room to pick out clothes, then shower and brush teeth (this is usually when I start rushing). Back up to my room for my bag/anything else I need for the day, race downstairs, grab an apple, 'a tout a l'heure' to Evelyne, who has usually just woken up and is in the kitchen by this point, and race down the stairs, out the door, and, depending on what time it is, running or walking to the bus stop. Usually running as I'm paranoid about missing the bus, which leaves at 7.15.

On the bus I usually try to sit by myself, mainly because it's kinda awkward sitting next to a random, but also because I possibly fix my hair and makeup on the bus. *Cough* To get to school, it takes about 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic etc. I then walk about five minutes to school, and this can range from, mm, it's a nice morning, to fml, get me out of this freezing cold. Good old France. Anyway. I get to school at about 7.45, and go through to the 'lycee', or high school area. I walk through to the bathroom and check that my hair and makeup are ok (because I don't have a mirror on the bus, haha) and by the time I am done, Flora and Salome are usually there. If not, I will go and put stuff in my locker etc or say high to other people.

Then it's time for school! The day starts at 8.10, but this depends on what classes I have. This is my school week:
8:10-10:00: Science (one week biology/geology, one week physics/chem) I understand chem. Wow.
10:00-10:15: Break. We usually stand outside, for some reason I haven't quite figured out yet, and share a kitkat.
10:15-12:05: French Lit. This is where I sleep. Ha. We are currently reading Rousseau, Les Confessions, and I couldn't even tell you what the book is about. Neither can the people in my class.
12:05-14:40: Break, as in lunch. I go with Flora and Salome, and usually we sit with some other people, which is nice. Lunch can range from not bad to totally gross, depending on the day. I have a healthy diet of bread, yoghurt and water.
14:40-15:35: English. The bane of my existence. This consists of an extremely hairy teacher that doesn't do enough buttons on his shirt up with bad breath saying words that don't exist forcing me to read out things in French, which I hate. I'm fine talking with my friends, kind of, but reading out stuff in class? No. Also, the teacher cannot speak English. 'So is the car.' 'The car has good road-holding.' 'Egypt is the craddle of civilisation.' I'm not joking.
15:35-15:50: Break, again with Flora and Salome.
15:50-17:40: English litterature, pretty much. At the moment we are reading My Antonia, which is kinda disturbing but still quite good. I love this teacher, as he actually cares whether or not I am following the lesson and is always like, 'this is just to give Kirsty a bit of vocabulary!' and makes sure that I understand, and asks about how school is etc. Oh, and he can speak good English, very proper, but good and with the poshest English accent ever. He'll also ask me if that's what I say, and doesn't mind if I correct him which I did once- I can't remember what it was but it was just a phrase he said incorrectly. He was like, 'oh, you are right, of course, my mistake.' I wouldn't dare correct my normal English teacher. Oh, and he self-corrects all the time, which I like- he's not afraid to show that he makes mistakes.

9:05-10:00: French. We're reading Tartuffe and I sort of get the general idea. I think the teacher likes me, at least.
10:15-12:05: History/Geography. I would love it, if not for the teacher. We learn about a lot of different things and I can't wait until I actually understand so I can learn.
12:05-13:45: Lunch
13:45-14:40: English
14:40-16:45: Maths. For the first time in my life, I actually understand this class. But they are doing stuff I have already done. I think the teacher hates me, she doesn't even acknowledge me. Then again, she doesn't really do much teaching in class either, other than, 'no, you're wrong.'

08:15-9:05: French
09:05-10:00: Spanish. I'm doing this class because I would love to learn Spanish, but I don't think that's going to happen. Oh well. I'm learning Spanish myself...I got a children's book out of the library the other day, 'My First Spanish Book!' and can already say some basic sentences. Class kind of gives me a feel for the language though- pronounciation etc.
Wednesday is my short day, so I have nothing else that I have to go to! The bus leaves at 12, so usually I just walk around Pamiers- again, good exercise. I also love to explore.
Wednesday afternoon consists of either socialising, or staying at home bumming around. I don't mind either, and I love the whole idea of an afternoon in the middle of the week off.

08:15-10:00: Education Civique, Juridique et Sociale. Basically political and legal studies, as far I can figure. I'm meant to have this every second week, as every other week there is a two hour test on whatever subject, but obviously I can't do them, so I go to ECJS with the othe class- so I have one class a week with Flora and Salome, yay!
10:15-12:05: French. Two hours. Enough said.
13:45-14:40: Spanish
14:40-15:35: History/Geography
Time for my big walk! I spend Thursday afternoons walking places- like to McDonalds, 40 minutes away, just to take a photo because I'm cool like that. Or to the park, which is gorgeous, if small.

09:05-10:00: History/Geography
10:15-12:05: Sport. I actually haven't properly done this yet. Why? The first week, I went through the classes with Michelle. The second, we were not at schoo, instead at Toulouse for a thing about universities. This week, my teacher wasn't there, so for some crazy reason I went with Flora and Salome and did sport with them. And it was surprisingly fun because no one took it seriously, it was a laugh and we just had a good time and sucked. We played handball, which is a pthetic sport, in my opinion =P And they all found it hilarious when I screamed when the ball came my way.
12:05-14:40: Lunch. Woot.
14:40-15:35: English.
15:35-16:45: Every second week, English. Yay...

At 18:15, it's time to catch the bus home. There's about a five minute walk to the bus, but I'll take a small walk around Pamiers usually, just so I get some exercise in my day, if I haven't gone for a big walk before.

I get home at about 6:45, and eat dinner pretty much straight away, which is quite simple, usually just pasta, or some meat or something nice, but small. I also have bread (with Vegemite!) after dinner, and what I think is pureed apples- at any rate, I LOVE it. After clearing the table, time for hot chocolate in the kitchen with my family. Sandy then goes to shower and I talk to Evelyne, until it's either time for a tv show, ie Bones/NCIS/whatever, or until I go up to my room and reply to emails etc. Bed time should be around 10 but is usually a lot later, which is not good for me. I have to work on that...

Friday nights I have dance, which is at the cinema, about 200 metres away- weird I know, but they have a stage. It's good, very easy and not a high standard, but the dances are okay- we are currently learning dances for our concert in June, yay! So far there's a Bollywood one (which I actually totally love), and three contemporaryish type ones, to a random song, Pirates of the Carribean, and a song by Rhianna. I'm just glad to get out of the house and do some exercise, and meet some new people.

Saturday is different each week, but in general, I sleep in, I wash my hair (how boring haha), go buy bread, and talk on Skype with people back home. So it also tends to be my homesick day, but oh well. Also we spend time with family-Gary or Sebastian, my host brothers, who happen to be like 30 haha, and their families will visit, today we went to the grandparent's house etc.

Sunday, we get up early in the morning to go skiing! This is both a good and bad part of my week. Why? Well, good because I'm in France, skiing, obviously haha. And bad because I am freezing cold. I've skiied a couple of times and have only falled two or three times, yay! But I'm really scared of falling so I don't really ski down anything too exciting haha. After ski, we hope over to Andorra, just for a bit of shopping- we buy cigarettes and other groceries there as the products are cheaper because they don't have tax.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Time passes so quickly...


And I'm almost a month in. Wow. Time really has flown past. Whatever happened to my decision of yes, I WILL write in my diary, yes, I WILL keep a blog?? Gone. Totally gone.

Let's see. Things I've learnt include that when EF say you'll be in Paris airport for six hours with someone taking care of you, they actually mean twelve hours with someone who has no idea what they are doing. "Yes, you'll be going to Toulouse by train. "Train? But it's only one hour. And the others have a flight that arrives and leaves at the same time." "No, it's a train." After much insisting that he check, "Oh, you're right, it's a plane." Duh. Also, host mummy knows best. As in, it's going to be cold today, wear your jacket. You're going to be hungry, take some food.

I totally love my host family. My mum and dad, Evelyne and Bernard, are totally awesome- they are extremely patient with my French and very encouraging. They correct me when I say something wrong, but not in a mean way, just a 'we want to help you' way. I always laugh when Evelyne speaks English (she really doesn't speak much at all haha) just because she sounds so happy when she gets a word right and it just sounds amusing. But I don't laugh in a mean way =) Anyway, they are wonderful and always laughing and joking. My host sister, Sandy, has hit her stubborn stage so there is a lot of crying, especially in the beginning when she got jealous of me. That was bad. However, now it is all going good- she's (kinda) accepted that I am here to stay!

School is good. I started in my second week here, because there was too much snow to go in the first week, when I was meant to be going =) I was terrified, of course. I've learnt that being the new kid really isn't easy, especially with the language barrier, and I think I'll always be the kinda random, weird, not-many-people-like-me kid. However, this doesn't matter. Exchange has made me so much more confident and I have discovered that as long as I have one or two close friends, being 'friends' with lots of people is fine.
Several things I have learnt about being the new kid:
  1. It takes time to make friends!
  2. Every new kid will be taken in by the 'popular' group in their first week or two.
  3. Every school has their populars.
  4. Everyone else will not like the populars.
  5. Then you'll get taken in by the incredibly enthusiastic, oh, new kid, be nice be nice, I want to get to know them type people (usually me in Australia). This is great, especially when you're like, I don't like the populars, so who do I hang out with? For some people, they end up becoming friends (my bestie in primary school was the new girl in year 4, I still remember her first day...).
  6. Then you'll find people that you really do like hanging with and they will develop into friends. And you'll have your little jokes and your daily routine and such.
Basically whilst people in my class are nice to me, there's only really one girl I think who actually likes me, the rest are just nice because they have to be, or they are shy/closed, I think. My closest friends here, Flora and Salome, are in a different class, and I was considering moving with them, but they have lots more maths and science, and more classes in general. So no! It's okay, I don't really talk in my classes anyway. I have lots of time to spend with my friends out of class.

School is okay. It's school, you know? Haha. I don't really have many classes, but the days are super long- I'm there from 7:45- 6:10, that's when the bus arrives and leaves Pamiers. Yeah, fml, I know. But during my breaks I can walk around Pamiers, which makes it all good. I try to walk a lot to get some exercise, and also so I can explore. Today I walked for 40 minutes to McDonald's, and then 40 minutes back again, just to find where it was, to take a photo, and because I felt like it. Haha.

It's amazing because in Australia I never would have been so daring. I would have been like, no thanks, I'll stay at home, but here, I am already so much more open. I will go into a cafe and order something, I will talk to people I don't know... I was terrified of having to ask someone if I could sit next to them ont he bus, so guess what God did a couple of days ago? Yep. I had to ask. And He's made me do it quite a few times since, and now, it's fine. All it is is a seat =) I really am growing.

What else? I have a dance class I go to every Friday night now, yay. Also, ski every Sunday. Once ski has finished, it'll be horse riding and maybe ice skating. I love the oppurtunities that I am given here. Last Wednesday me and Lily, another exchanger, went over to Andorra for some shopping, just because we felt like it...gotta love Europe =)

Also, I really want my mum to come visit me, just so she will have some idea of my life here and what it is like etc. Hopefully it will be during summer and we will get to Spain and England, which I really want to go to. And then she'll be here for my 18th as well! Yay.

Basically, life is good, exchange is good, all is good. I miss Australia, but that's a story for another day.