Friday, November 25, 2011

1 Month until Christmas!!

I wanted to share a bit about what I've been up to the last couple of days! Though once again nothing terribly exciting has happened, I've still been having a great time.
On Wednesday night, we were invited to an "English" Pub night downtown. It was organized by one of the English professors who wanted his students to have a night to speak English with other English speakers. the bonus for us was that we also got to speak French!
I wasn't really planning on going, but it was either that or working on my grammar homework (don't worry, I got it done, the evening out gave me some incentive!) so I decided, why not? It was a pretty good time and I met a couple of really nice people. I only wish that I had gotten some of their names, because it would have been great to hang out with them again! We also were supposed to wear something stereotypical for an Anglophone, so a couple of us had Canada toques and a few of us wore plaid. It was all around a good evening!
On Thursday morning, instead of our usual language class we went to see an art exhibit. For our final assignment this term, we have to write a review on either the theatre piece that we saw or the art exhibit. It was an... interesting exhibit, to say the least! Some of the paintings were really wonderful, some were just weird. Here's a little sample:
One of the exhibits... a plain white shirt, with some stains and a dead spider to make it look even more appealing.

Portrait de Madame de Senonnes, one of the more famous paintings.

L'Apparition de l'ange à St. Joseph... my favourite, though the photo doesn't do it justice.

A spin on Plato's Allegory of the Cavern 
Overall, it was better than sitting in class for three hours!
Last night after class, we made our way downtown to get tickets for the fourth Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn in English or Révélation in French. Of course we had to see it in French, but it actually was alright. I liked Bella's voice much better in French than in English! And I have to say, the fourth movie was definitely the best one yet. I have no shame in saying that I saw that movie, because it was actually fantastic. Oh, and the soundtrack was amazing... must get the CD!
We also wandered around a bit, and found that the Christmas village is opening soon downtown. In the Place Royale, there are all of these little Christmas cabins and they will soon be filled with gifts and treats for the season! One treat that we all want to try is "vin chaud", which we think is like their version of hot apple cider. We also got to see the beautiful Christmas decorations in the Passage Pomerané, which made me want to burst into a chorus of "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas." I have no shame in saying that I have already started listening to Christmas music... it's in a month! Wow. Time flies.
Brooke, Michelle, and Vic admiring the lights

This evening, I'm off to Angers, a small city just 35 minutes away by train. I'm going just for the night and day tomorrow to visit my exchange student from last time, Camille, and my friend Louise. I'm really excited to see them again, because it has been a while!!

1 comment:

  1. "vin chaud" sounds like the Flemish "gluhwein", or mulled wine for the Anglos. :) Red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, citrus and sugar. Enjoy!! I'm hoping to make some myself for the holidays this year.

    So basically you're going to return from this trip Parisian french fluent? Awesome!