Monday, September 8, 2008

Our First Weekend

It's Moday at 4:00pm but it feels so much earlier. I just woke up from a nap because I didn't
sleep at all last night. I figured I would recount the events of the weekend. Friday night we were planning on going to what is probably the most well known clubs here called Le Chat Noir (translation: The Black Cat). When we got there they said they didn't open for another 15 minutes so we saw a small place across the street that we went to while we waited. When we got into Le Chat Noir it was not that crowded but soon filled up. The place was big and really nice. The only bad thing was that they play techno music constantly so headaches are typical. We keep telling the people over here that American music is way better but most of them think we listen to hillbilly country.

We met some French people there so it was a good time. Martin (a french boy) keeps trying to speak to me in French hoping I will learn but I just stare at him and say I don't understand! His english is pretty bad too so it's funny having a conversation with him. He says I talk much faster than other Americans so apparently its harder to understand me than Karen and the others.

Saturday I slept most of the day. The other girls went to the eqivalent of Walmart and got a bunch of stuff. They bought a shower rod and curtain because our shower only has half a glass wall in front of it and water was getting everywhere. It took us quite a while to figure out the rod. Karen finally pulled it out with all her strength and voila! We finally got some food from a nearby market so we don't have to eat out for every meal. We got cold cuts, bread, pasta, cereal, snacks, etc. They actually have fairly normal food! The butter doesn't taste as fattening but I guess that's a good thing.

Saturday night Scott's dad was in town for business and he took us all out to eat! I got steak and potatoes (shocker) and Scott ordered kangaroo!!!! :( I still tried it though. It was actually pretty good. It tasted like tender beef, somewhat salty. We also order our first bottle of French wine! (Not going to lie it tasted just as bad as all other wine in America) But I would never tell the French that! They are very proud people! I got bold enough to tell Martin that American football was better than their football because we actually SCORE points. He laughed and told me not to tell that to any other French people.

Later on that night we went to a club called Colors. It was a lot of fun. We met a couple more French people and a guy from England named Joe. He's lived here for a LONG time and speaks French but still has an English accent. So that's pretty cool. Karen likes him and I believe is going to dinner with him tonight :)

Oh! We also hung out with some girls from Hong Kong. It was actually really interesting talking to them about their city/country. Apparently Hong Kong is a lot more tolerant than the rest of China. They were saying how they are so glad to live there because the rest of China is so strict about everything. I told them we could say just about anything we wanted about our government and not get in trouble. They were surprised and said in China you would be jailed. Talk about crazy! Hopefully I can talk with them more.

Sunday I didn't really do anything. I wasn't feeling well for most of the day so I just bummed around the room. We had a meeting this morning for the school to check our student files and collect more papers from us. There was a movie showing at 2:00 in one of the lecture halls but we all came back to the room and slept right through it! When we told Martin that we were napping he was shocked. Apparently they don't take naps here and think it's very strange to sleep during the day. Talk about CRAZY!!!! They obviously don't know what they're missing!

It's pretty hard adjusting to the language barrier. For the most part Karen just speaks to people and then translates for us. At least most of our friends and the staff at school speak English to us. But in stores and restaurants people will come up to me and say something and I just shake my head and say sorry. Oh well, hopefully I'll get better as the time progresses.
Pictures: (in order Top to Bottom)
-Dinner with Scott's dad at Le Petit Roi de la Lune
-Girls from Hong Kong, Alex from Canada, and boy from Slovenia
-Joe from England
-Martin from France
-Christie from Oklahoma

Well I'm going to go make myself a sandwich so goodbye for now!
I miss everyone!!!
Au revoir!

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