Saturday, 8 October 2011

You look like you've been to breakfast at the heartbreak hotel

So unless you've been living under a rock you probably know it's the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand at the moment.  I haven't been watching the games because of the time difference but today was an exception.  My alarm went off at 5:45 so I could be at the pub before 7 to watch Wales play Ireland.  It was worth leaving my comfortable and toasty warm bed and braving the morning chill for because Wales won spectacularly (22-10).  It made me so happy because I love Wales so much and really feel at home there so for them to make it to the semi finals really makes my heart swell with pride.  They're facing France after they smashed the English.  That was an awkward match to watch in a pub full of French people, I dislike how winning a match can make people so smug and obnoxious.  Oh well keeping my fingers crossed for the Welsh team for next week.

Watching the rugby this morning made me miss home even more.  I was never really into rugby before I came to Cardiff but when it's the international friendlies in autumn and then Six Nations in March we always watch the matches in the pub and have such a great time.  The atmosphere is so great and it would have been the best to be in Cardiff watching the Welsh go through to the semis.  So in honor of my still existing home sickness here is a list of the things I miss the most about being at home:
  • Sunday roasts in the pub with my housemates
  • walks in Roath and Bute Park with my boyfriend
  • daffodils
  • Boots (as in the shop - things like shampoo and make up are ridiculously expensive here)
  • Wagamama's
  • Orange Wednesday's
  • hungover pub lunches
  • watching Jeremy Kyle with my housemates
  • bacon sandwiches 
  • watching X Factor and bitching about the contestants ruining songs
  • wearing red and having the Welsh dragon face painted on me to watch the rugby in O'Neill's
  • going shopping with my best friend in TopShop and Urban Outfitters
  • lined paper (the French write on graph paper, my tiny brain doesn't understand this)
  • going to Cardiff museum for free
  • cheddar cheese
  • going to our favorite quirky little cafe with my best friend for a fry up and big heart to hearts
But then to not sound ungrateful here is a list of everything that I so far really like about France/Montpellier:
  • the pastries
  • having the tram as a public transport
  • the cheap wine
  • glorious weather
  • actually being able to go to the beach in a bikini as opposed to having to wear a hoodie
  • the nightlife here doesn't just consist of getting drunk in flats but actually socialising in bars where you can sit outside and just chat
  • the great vintage shops
  • the relaxed way of life
  • chatting French and being told that I'm actually not too bad at it
  • the gorgeous buildings in Montpellier
  • the cheap (and good) coffee
  • the friendly people who talk slower French to me and don't automatically switch to English when they realise I'm not a native speaker
I'm taking things day by day, and I hope that in a month I will feel like I really do belong here and that I will be living here until June.  It still hasn't really sunk in even though I've been here more than a month.  It's going to be an exciting year.


1 comment

  1. Wow, everything in France sounds incredible. Hope you continue to have an amazing time!
    And LOVE the lips!


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