Bonjour, tout le monde!
Well, this weekend we experienced some sort of cool of French holiday. I’m not going to lie, I’m still not sure what we were celebrating, but most of the shops downtown had huge 50% off sales, so that’s really all that matters, right? Just kidding. I’ve heard that this is a holiday used to officially wave farewell to the summer now that the fall season has begun, and since autumn is my favorite time of year, I am more than willing to say goodbye to summer!
This week started out crazy and then gradually returned to normal. As I mentioned in my last post, there was a crazy storm here on Monday. It POURED all day long, and by the time I was ready to go home from school, the streets had flooded to the point that cars were being washed off the road. The public transportation system was shut down and police officers were hanging out on and around campus preventing people from leaving since it wasn’t safe for them to be out on the streets. I don’t know if I left just in time to avoid the cops or if I just didn’t hear them telling me not to leave since I had headphones in, but I ended up walking home through the lake that was engulfing Montpellier. Now, I fully expected to get somewhat wet, and after a few minutes of walking in that storm I even expected to get soaked through, but for some reason I didn’t put 2 and 2 together to realize that if I got soaked, so would my backpack. Three days later, my books still hadn’t dried completely! And yes, I did have enough common sense to take them out of my backpack to let them dry out. The one upside of this storm was that all of my Tuesday classes were cancelled, which is always a small victory for the students. Especially the ones who get to avoid their subjunctive exam for one more week. By Friday, though, most of my belongings had dried out enough to use them, and classes were finally back on track for the most part. Now, really, why have the floods been following me lately?! This makes me very nervous to live on an island. Speaking of which…
In reference to the exciting news that I hinted at in my last blog, I am now officially able to share some interesting information about my future plans. I am still a little apprehensive to announce this publicly, but I have made my decision so now it’s time to really commit! Plus, I strongly suspect that the reader-base for this blog consists mainly of my parents, so there will be relatively few people learning this information who haven’t already been made aware of it. Drum roll pleeease… I have accepted a job offer teaching English in Taiwan for at least 6 months beginning at the end of December! So, I will return home from France about a week before Christmas, and then I will leave for Taiwan a day or two after Christmas. Life is a crazy whirlwind! You just gotta go with it.
Au revoir, mes amis! Bisous!