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Ventimiglia Market Day


This morning I managed to get myself out of bed at 7, then went for breakfast and then to the train to get tickets to Ventimiglia. Ventimiglia is a small (relatively speaking) town just across the border in Italy. By regional train about an hour from Nice, by direct on the way back, about 35 minutes with a nice scenic drive.

Every Friday this town hosts a huge market which is very famous in the Riviera area. Hundreds of French alone head over there every Friday for the market which is HUGE. Stretching across the towns sea front. Lots of neat stuff, lots of ripoffs, and some great-looking meat, ie skinned pigs with their eyeballs still on and chickens the same. Mm. . . . I bought myself a Zidane shirt to be ready for the game on Sunday and of course some limoncello.

Very very interesting town!


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Funny, Odd, and Creepy Things in the South of France

semi-overcast 28 °C

1) Today I saw two obese people. Yesterday I saw three obese people. I think they were either Canadian or American. Maybe I will keep a tally of the obese people I see.

2) Last night I got my 1000th request for a lighter. Something like that anyways.

3) Auto-Ecole. If you have ever been to France you can understand how ridiculously funny it was for me to watch a student driver learning how to parallel park with a cushion of about 5cm on either end.

4) Last night was ridiculous. We went back to the pub to watch the France-Portugal match. They won. OH dear. When we stepped outside we could barely move there were so many people who were:
a) screaming allez les bleus (ive come up with my own, its tuez les bleus, but if anyone actually hears me saying it i might not make it home)
b) shooting fireworks into the crowded street
c) popping loud gun-like sorta things
d) making out very publicly
e) honking honking honking all damn night so that it was hard to sleep thank you

I am interested to see what it will be like if France wins on Sunday... but I kind of think they will lose. France will go into a serious depression... or at least maybe there heads will shrink back to a normal sort of size.

5)At McDonalds on your receipt when you buy something there is an access code on the top. TO go to the toilet you punch your access code into the panel on a very space aged door and it lets you in to go pee. Yesterday I had to pee verrryyy badly but I had already thrown out my receipt.

6) TODAY IT IS WINDY! It is NOT cold but theres the slightest feeling of cool in the wind. It is very exciting. Later it is supposed to pour!!!!! YAYYYY! I am sick of this beautiful weather. The poor French people didnt know what to do with themselves today in this cold weather. There were tiny French dogs huddled together with their sweaters on, confused French men wearing LONG-SLEEVED SHIRTS. Gasp. Hair extensions were blowing so carelessly in the wind, designer shirts were getting creased- No one knew what to do so the city declared a state of emergency. The shops had to shut down and everyone was forced to flee to somewhere less windy. Absolute chaos.
Just Kidding.


A few mornings ago I noticed on the sidewalk on the route that I walk to school (a very average busy street) there were bloody footprints. Not just one or two, but bloody footprints that came from across the road on to the sidewalk, along the sidewalk about 30 meters PAST A HOSPITAL, then continued around a corner. This creeped me out/disturbed me quite a bit. No one else seemed phased at all by it (they just stepped in paint). But no, it was clearly blood and a looooot of it. As in its still there today. I followed the footprints a few meters around the corner after lunch today and it turns out thats where the emergency entrance to the hospital they passed is. For some reason that makes me feel a bit better... Creepy.

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A wild night in Monaco

[/b]Bale...[b] Monte Carlo was crazy. (very nice and beautiful of course) We went to the port and sat to watch the game... Brazil lost and I kind of thought the Brazilian boys were going to cry. They got a lot of apologies from the French that night. After we went to a club called Karement. Crazy ridiculous (as in ridiculously cool and ridiculously expensive). Took the first train home at 6 am. A little crazy. Finally got to celebrate Canada day when I met some also tired Canadians at the train station WOOOOOT.

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Ahhh le Riviera

29 °C

I cant believe that just 3 days ago i got here, and was actually contemplating having come here. Things are going great, and I have some great friends here. Yes I am writing this blog here while they go out, but thats because we went out monday and tuesday, and i need a mid-week siesta before thursday. lol but the pubs are great, went to one called Waynes that is apparently pretty popular here... i dont know. The beach is amazing which is very weird... its full of giant *pebbles* as they like to say, packed with hundreds of people and right in front of a busy city... but somehow i did not want to leave that beach. The sea is very salty aka i actually float, and it drops off after about a meter. Would not want to lifeguard it. This weekend me, Roxanna, Fernando, Paloma and Farkhoum ( no idea how to spell this guys name ) are going to cannes for saturday and monaco for sunday. Im still hoping to go to Paris next weekend but am starting to scrap the idea of going to milan. It seems silly to go by myself when i could go to other places with these people... hmmm. Last night we went down to the beach to do nooooothing after the pub, but it was nice. Went to bed about430 thus i need to sleep. These people are machines. We went grocery shopping todayé thought id be french and bot lots of cheese, bread, wine, and... well... veggie steaks ( some things cant change).

Since I am always with ppl who speak spanish or portuguese, insteqd of thinking in french which sometimes will happen when you are immersed in it, i am thinking in english with a spanish accent. i try to turn it off but it doesnt work and it is extremely annoying. je suis fou.

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Make the French Person Smile


(for this entry i will make an effort to use the right keys, but please understand, it is not easy)

Everyone seems to think the French are rude people... I disagree. I have experienced many very friendly and heplful french people, and i think the reason people get the idea that they are so rude is because they arenùt used to randomly smiling orsaying bonjour to someone passing by- its not rude its just not customary.

SO, on that note, I have a new game to entertain me. Its called make the french person smile. Its pretty much me walking by people on the street smiling and looking at people as they go by: so fqr iùve got about 3 people to smile at me of about 200 or so? lol

going for lunch with the spanish girls now... woot!

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