Being a Bolognesi
I need to do internship stuff, and don't worry parents I will, but my class was cancelled this morning so I figured I would update everyone.
I think I was legally pronounced dead for a short time. Yeah I had the IAU flu. I got it after my trip to Monaco. I hope I wasn't allergic to all of the money that was floating around that place. Anyway the Monday after our trip, I woke up with every flu symptom known to man. I went to class and coughed my way through the hour and a half of IR then after class I knew I had to go home.
Twenty minutes later I found myself hacking up a lung in front of the gas station, and I knew I had to buy cough drops. I go in and found some honey cough drops and a three pack of twix bars. Now the cough drops make sense in this situation, the twix bars... well I felt so bad that I knew I wouldn't be leaving my room to eat and it was honestly the only thing that I thought I could keep down.
As I leave the gas station and continue my uphill climb in the freezing cold weather to my house, I pop in one of the cough drops. Expecting a halls-like taste I am promptly surprised by the taste. It was essentially hardened pure honey. I am all for sweet stuff, but this was disgusting. Oh well, it was all I had.
When I got home I took off my boots and went straight to my room. I only left my bed twice in the next twenty-four hours, both times to go to the bathroom. I kept the twix by my nightstand and would eat a little bit at a time. I woke up and stayed up for seven hours then I went back to bed after eating a bowl of cereal..
I realize this story is probably really boring but the short of it is I got over my fever and my flu and now I just have a lingering runny nose.
So the major happenings in my life since I regained it have been....
Monday of this week:
I had a fairly full day of class nothing special, but on Monday night my host mom took my housemate and I to see her son's concert at his music school. He is a first year music student and an awesome guitar player. We go to the school ,which is about 30 minutes away from Aix, and when we entered the room where Yann would perform, it was like entering a legit jazz bar. Well the place actually had a bar and a little restaurant, it was a really great place to watch a performance. Yann's group was really good. One drummer, one bass and three guitars. They played all jazz songs, and they were really good. Everyone on stage was being graded so during the entirety of the concert each person played a solo or two and Yann killed it. I think that living with me has probably made him a better guitar player. Not because I taught him anything, but just greatness by osmosis.
After Yann's group, a group of older people took the stage. Now they weren't old just older than me, probably 30s and 40s. They played jazz tunes too, but they had a vocalist who sang in english. They played "All of me" "Route 66" and a couple other familiar tunes. It was a really fun night. From there we went back to aix.
Tuesday was somewhat uneventful so we will skip tuesday.
Having only one class at 330 on Wednesday it is always tempting to sleep til noon, but I resisted the urge. I woke up at a reasonable time and went into town because I had to buy a few things.
Wednesday was by far the best day here as far as weather is concerned. When I left the house it was really sunny and around 50 degrees, which is a normal winter day here. The sky was clear and you could see the mountains in the distance, tres different from Illinois.
When I got close to the city center I stopped to take off my jacket. As I stopped and put my back pack down a man dressed for business approached me and asked me for directions. Like a true aixois I knew exactly where he needed to go and pointed him to it. He seemed to be late for business and was off.
I too was off to go to school and do homework.
After my only and last class I had a meeting with my french tutor/mentor Justine. IAU has a program that matches us with a French university student to show us around Aix and to help us with french. I am still a novice so I decided to talk about movies and music with her, two very easy things for me to talk about.
She also wants to learn a little bit of english so I explained to her what a chick flick is. It was actually harder to explain than I thought because Chick is supposed to = girl, when in reality it is a baby bird, and idk how a movie got called a flick but it did. So we talked movies a bit. We both recently saw crazy stupid love and some other chick flick.
When the conversation turned to music it go a little more interesting. She asked me who I liked and I told her my three perennial favorites Maroon 5, Muse, and John Mayer. I mentioned Maroon 5 first and that I have seen them in concert and she let out a little gasp and said "ah she will be loved?" referring to one of their famous first hits from their album songs about jane, for which they won two grammys, I believe. She then asked if I have heard of lipton and I was like huh? She said "Tea will be loved" which made me realize she was talking about Maroon 5's version of snapple , which i have of course heard of.
I then told her I went to a Muse concert in the fifteenth row, and told her how awesome John Mayer is but she has never heard of John Mayer! I was surprised because the amount of American music that people listen to over here is crazy, so I was surprised but I am sure she will hear his music sometime.
She went on to tell me how she likes american or anglophone artists like Adele, and Norah Jones and I asked if she sings along when she listens to the songs even though she doesn't know what they mean.
So life has basically been homework, tutoring, school, and sickness lately.
We have our first break coming up and a few friends and I are planning on going to Normandy, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Munich! Kind of my world war II trip. Normandy is obvious and Munich is very close to Dachau so I will try to see that too. However, I have now been to Europe four separate times and France three times and have still not seen where so many American's laid down their lives to liberate Europe. Normandy is just some place that as an American in France I have to see.
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