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What Katie did... (in Lyon) The Alsace and venturing over the border to Luxembourg

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What did Katie do...?
So my lovlies since my last update I have been on a few weekend/day trips, the first of which was to Lyon which was really fun as my friend Katie came to visit from London. We had an entertaining weekend of of films, fun, the standard Lyon chocolat viennois and formule midi at Paul and a wee bit of sightseeing.
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Once again it was that magnificent "trompe d'oeil" wall that just stole our attention and entertained us quite a lot more than it probably should have.

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Another source of diversion was during our night out dancing when a young gentleman was trying to a girl we were with. He was trying quite hard, a little too hard I might add. After several failed attempts he then made one final stab at getting her attention, appealing to his brute force and "immense strength" causing us to rather insensitively break out into giggles and quite vocally suggest this might not be the case.

He took great offense and after a few more minutes of continuing to brag about his immense strength he agreed to prove it by doing thirty press ups in exchange for a kiss. Of course, we did not seriously think he would just get down on the cobbled floor and do thirty press-ups. And of course he didn't.

However, ladies and gentlemen, what he did do was thirty press-ups on top of two bollards, yes bollards. Feet perched on one, arms outstretched with his hands on the other one.

And what happened after this silly, if slightly impressive feat? Did he get his kiss? Or the girl?
Well, no. This is real life, not Hollywood.

Luxembourg
We also went on a trip to Luxembourg City which that particular day had decided to adopt the Cheshire climate.
Before we went to Luxembourg however we went and stayed the night in Tati's aldea near Longwy.
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I really liked Luxembourg and everyone was really friendly and amazingly trilingual. We even found coffees bigger than a thimble which made for a nice change. One of the trilingual men we met in a cafe bought all of our drinks just because we moved tables for him and the rest of his family and friends.

It was one of those film moments when Erika went to pay and we were told that the bill had lready been taken care of!
We subsequently decided that either they were really really grateful we had moved or that amongst the other numerous languages that man spoke, one was in fact Spanish and that he had heard us discussing how cute him and his little girl were. Either way, free coffee!
I did like Luxembourg in spite of the weather BUT it was a very teeny, tiny capital city.
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Colmar
The second day trip inspired by a rush of "pleassse can we escape Nancy" angst took us on a spontaneous Easter Monday trip to Colmar in the Alsace. It was about 2 or 3 hours away and we travelled through snow, rain and various villages which ranged from quaint to hideously ugly
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However, we arrived in the dull outskirts and prepared ourselves for a very disappointing day. It didn't look promising but luckily on arriving in the centre we found a lovely, charming colourful town with an Easter market and lots of European flags (though not a Spanish one in sight bizarrely) and some nice views
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Ever so slightly belated first update

Finally back to the entertainment...

all seasons in one day

So...this time round I have been pretty poor on the email front. Long gone are the days of 3000 word stories of turmoil and tripping in Mexico and instead will be replaced by short and snappy (ok, longwinded) tales in La Belle France. Intrigued? Read on...

For those of you who don't know I'm currently working as a French assistant in the University Nancy2 (which surprisingly is in Nancy). The French word is Lectrice and much to my surprise this isn't really an assistant but more like an actual teacher. Yes. Thats right. Me and my undergraduate degree in languages (not Anglophone History) are in fact designing the curriculum and teaching a Master's English History course, setting the exam and marking it. ALONE. I feel I would command more respect however if I weren't 5'2" and constantly running around the classroom, waving chalk like a mad person. Oh well. There are some things you just can't change.

Anyway as I have been extremely poor on the update front in this post I will summarise the last six (terrible I know) months through a slightly sub par photo montage.

I arrived with my Mother dearest and Father dearest.
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We toured the town...
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and moved me into my new flat :)

My new flat is located in this street, in this town. In summer in sparkles. In winter it drears (drear=invented verb from the adjective dreary. Add it to your dictionary.)
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And yes, Santa Claus(es) did in fact come to town. On motorbikes...

Then I met some new people like Erika from Indiana and got to know Catherine from my University in the UK.
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Within a few days of meeting Erika I (accidentally) tried to poison her with some translucent noodles.

My colocs (flatmates) finally moved in :)
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Mi Estercita and Julieeee

Then my Brummy friends came to vist and we had a funfilled weekend in Paris
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Then I went to visit Natalie in Lyon, saw Kasabian and got photo happy in front of an exciting wall
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We went on some day trips
Metz

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Strasbourg
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I met some more people. We ate fondu.
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And drank together on numerous occasions
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So there it is. The last 6 months of my life inadequately summed up in photos.
Oh yep, aside from training for the marathon that is...
May 9th. Be there or be square. Or sponsor me. Info to come. As are the aforesaid intriguing tales...i.e. whats actually going on in my life here.

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