Day 28

Jun. 29th, 2008 09:31 pm
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Day 28

Study Time! I'm sure that some of you may have forgotten (as have many in my class) that hey, we're actually taking classes here in Lille! That means that we also have exams, what do you know! D: So, essentially, today was spent studying for me, with a three hour shopping break short breaks in between going over passé simple and philosophes

Shopping is great here, by the way. There's a France-wide clothing sale going on at the moment (called Les Soldes) and every clothing store worth it's salt has stuff at least 30%, if not more. I've seen stuff on for 80% off. It's sweet. Of course, they do interdisperse stuff that's not on sale right among the stuff that are really good deals, so... yeah. Anyway, it's awesome. :3

Yesterday, I tried moules frites for the first time. It's a dish specific to the north of Europe, and it's essentially steamed mussels and French fries. But it's so  delicious. OMNOMNOM. 

I shall definitely miss the mussels... and the great cheese... and the actual fresh French bread... and the chocolate... D: Why isn't this stuff found the world over for cheap? D: No wonder the French don't export many tourists... they have all that they really want right here in their own country...

On a more annoying note, I now have to walk three blocks down and around my dorm to get in, because the gate that's closest to the university is "en panne" (i.e., broken). D: Not fair! Now I have to actually walk places! Not that I didn't before... I swear I've lost several pounds here, just from being so active every day. I do take the métro, but everything is so close here, it's really just easier to walk most of the time. And more scenic. 

Oh, and I was mistaken for a French person yesterday! I was on my way to meet a few people for lunch, and this middle aged French couple approached me and asked me for directions to Centre Ville. I was perfectly capable of giving them directions back in French, and they even asked me what the place was called, and I could tell them both of it's names (La Grande Place  is what everyone calls it, but it's offical name is La Place Du Générale Charles De Gaulle). I felt very French. :) I blend, I blend! :D

Anyway, I'm leaving the country in like seven days plus fourteen hours. ;_; I'll miss France, but right now I miss all of my Canadian friends (wow, I almost wrote ''Canadian French'', and I suppose I miss that too... I'm told I have a faint Québecois accent in French), my tea, and being able to order stuff in my native language without feeling annoyed... Oh, and I miss being able to call people on their cellphones to meet up instead of standing in front of random monuments and hoping that they show up at the time that we arranged... 

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Coming up this week:



Oh, and I have news regarding the Japan Expo... apparently one of the guests is Obata Takeshi...  in other words, the mangaka that illustrated Death Note and... Hikaru no Go! As in, the guy who drew the character that I'm dressing up as! :D I really hope that I get into his lecture... It shall be sweet. :3

PS: I do have some videos of France up on Facebook! I'm afraid that I can't find the link that allows me to send them to people who aren't on facebook, but... Check them out, if you can! 

Date: 2008-06-29 11:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kuiskata
...I want sales like that. I really, really do. (On a side note, it seemed like every store we went into at West Ed had a sale....)

And yay for blending in like a French person! XD That's one thing I'm worried about when I study abroad (eventually...) - that I will stand out like a tourist and every one will talk in English to me. You will come back and we will all be "who's that French girl? oh, wait, it's Lauren!" <3

Good luck with your exams! :D (And good luck getting into Obata Takeshi's lecture! ...I want to read more Hikaru no Go. I have volume one and volume three, because I couldn't find number two...)

And I fail at spelling. XD Typos must die.
Edited Date: 2008-06-29 11:45 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-06-30 02:22 pm (UTC)
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Hikago can be found on, but if you don't like reading it on the computer, I could lend you my (French) copies. :3 I've been buying them up like crazy, and I think I have all of them up to volume 16 now, in French. D: They only cost like 5€85 here, which is like 9$. :3 It's sweet.

Date: 2008-06-30 09:46 pm (UTC)
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I was actually at Comic King yesterday - and because of how strong the Canadian dollar is, they're selling all their manga at the US prices - so I think I got it for about 9$ anyway. :)

I'm not normally a fan of reading online (I don't like how it looks, or something...) but I read volumes 8-15 of MARS, and that was fine. (I actually might go and read Hikago now... XD)

Date: 2008-07-01 05:59 am (UTC)
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Go read it! D:< It's so full of awesome and cuteness and gah! :DD Seriously. In the later chapters, too, you can really see the artstyle that influenced Death Note... only in a more fluffy way. :3 Sometimes, when I'm reading about an older Hikaru, I'm like "ZOMG! He just totally had a Light facial expression!" But in a pretty way... :3

Date: 2008-07-01 05:32 pm (UTC)
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:DDD I finished volume 3 and I'm off to go read more right away!

Date: 2008-07-02 01:48 am (UTC)
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Yes! Keep reading!! I'm only @ chapter twenty-something myself ^^; but Lauren got me hooked on Hikago. lol.

Date: 2008-07-02 05:23 am (UTC)
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Haha! :D I am getting everyone addicted to Hikago... :3 Now you all can squee with me when you see me in costume at Animethon! :D

Date: 2008-07-02 01:49 am (UTC)
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Zomg way to go! You blend!! XDD Well done deary! Good luck on your exams and I hope Takeshi-san's lecture is ftw :)


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