Sunday, March 26, 2006


So, France.

I stayed in a four bedroomed, shuttered house in Epron - a suburb of Caen, with a family of three consisting of Jean Marc, Lawrence and Elsa. Each day I got up at 7:30am and waited 45 minutes for Eilidh to get out of the shower, before having the quickest shower on record and leaving the house at 8:30am. We had to take a ten minute tram ride, which we had to run to catch every single day, then a quick walk to our classroom for three hours of oral french lessons with Christophe before heading off to lunch at the Caen University café thing which - for a three course meal - cost an average of 2.50 Euros! Pretty damn good.

Each day after classes we went to random french places like the War Memorial Museum (not my favourite...), hypermarkets, Boulangeries and a Ciderie. One day we went to Paris and of course did all the touristy things like the Musee d'Orsay, the Louvre, Notre Dame and of course La Tour Eiffel. I'm not ashamed to say that I did buy a beret and a little statue of the Eiffel Tower...

I can't actually write anything I wanted to write, loads of funny stuff happened and there was of course the pimp bus and Joe asking Catrin what she liked to do with her chocolate...It really is amazing what you come up with in a foreign language without meaning to, I personally said that I ate myself for breakfast - not easy I promise you - and the innuendos were actually unbelievable.

On the last night, awards night at the restaurant I was awarded, the Mothering Award. Can you believe it? I mean if a label on someone's jacket is sticking out, I have to tuck it in. If there's a hair on your jumper, I must take it off. If your hood is crooked, I must straighten it. Ok maybe they have a point.

I was made to eat french cheese, that was awful. On the last day at school we sat round the tables and ate some absolutely disgusting cheese, it stank and it was gooey. I was forced to drink cider to get rid of the taste. I am not a cheese person. Cheddar and english cheese I can handle, french cheese I cannot.


Lolly said...

I'm glad you had a nice time!!

It sounds like it was so much fun :)

Also, yes, cheese is just wrong.

Zed0 said...

a bit late but Happy Mothering Sunday =P

Glad you had a fun time.

Stagestruckgal said...

glad you had a good time, Niki! I've been to the Eiffel Tower and the Bridgey thing. It was a good trip. But, what makes trips fun is the friendships and the random things people come out with. When we had german people to stay, lots and lots of people said "Ich bin heiss" or "ich bin kalt", which of course the deutsch people found hilarious. yeah. those phrases mean "i am horny" or "I am frigid". Ah well. Well done and congrats of getting your Mothering Award!!

Niki said...

Thanks Lou, it really was great.
Why thank you Ben, where are my flowers?!
Yeah it is those little things that make it memorable Laura, you're right.

Niki said...

Please can I have a hug?

Lolly said...


Nodders said...

Aww, here is another hug for you :)

*hands over a hug*

very good to hear you had a good time, and sorry but the Mothering Award suits you to a T! That's not a bad thing at all though. good to hear you're home safe too, sorry I've not been online much at all, shall make up for it once I'm back at Uni.

Zed0 said...

*hugs and gives late flowers (late as in from Sunday not dead)*

Stagestruckgal said...

*hugs* - check your emails, Niki!!

Niki said...

Thanks you lou, gordon, ben and laura. and thanks for the wonderful flowers ben. hope you're all ok. xxx