The Weekly Roundup – 1st Edition

What?! Two blogs in one night?! Yep, that’s right.

Well, I’ve finally decided to do something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while, and that’s rounding up my week, to keep you all updated. It’s probably going to be more interesting than my rants on administration, too… Allons y!

I made a new discovery on Monday – Boréal Coffee Shop. A friend from church recommended it to me. I don’t have lessons during the day on Monday, so I went there to work and for a change of scenery (I get cabin fever sometimes, so I can’t work). It’s awesome! It isn’t quite like the ‘proper’ cafés or salons de thé (lit. tea salons/tea rooms) that you see around here, but it’s more homely, which I like. I like my cafés cosy. And the coffee was really good too – I spent several hours there just reading!

Second highlight of my week – Caravan Palace gig! For those who don’t know who they are, Caravan Palace is a French electro-swing band, and they’ve just released a new album (which is fantastic, I might add) and are currently doing a European tour. Actually, what’s funny is that they’re playing at UEA in December, and I was disappointed I was going to miss them at first. But then I discovered that they were playing Geneva in November, so it all worked out in the end! I’ll put a video in here of Caravan Palace playing live to give you a bit of a taste (and I apologise profusely for Jools Holland’s horrific French accent)…

The concert was so good! It was so much fun! They did a good mix of new tracks from the recent album and some older ones. And when we cheered for an encore, they played ‘Brotherswing’, which is one of my favourite songs of theirs. They brought the house down and the audience loved it. So, anyone in the UK, I encourage you all to go and see them in December!

I won’t say much about uni, it’s the same old stuff, except we’ve started revising what we’ve already learned for the exams. So I won’t bore you!

As for the weekend, I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t know about the tragic events in Paris. Yeah, it was pretty tense Saturday morning. But it was really weird too. Most of the time, I go shopping in France (because it’s infinitely cheaper), but the border was closed that morning. So where you could go through freely, without any obstacle before, it was now a lot more difficult with the border patrols and things like that. OK, it’s not as tragic or directly affecting as what’s happened to some, but you could feel it and it was a bit strange.

But to end on a more positive note! Throughout the city, Christmas preparations are starting in earnest. Christmas trees have started popping up, and the shops are filling up on Christmas stock – presents, food, decorations. I even heard my first Christmas song in H&M this weekend… Is it still too early?! I’m often a bit of a cynic with these things, and I don’t like thinking about Christmas before the beginning of December (OK, I’ll make a concession for the end of November), but I can feel myself getting swept up in all the festivities…

Anyway, that’s all the news for this week. I’ll see you next week!

A bientôt!

Ceri

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