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July 9th, 2008 – by: kayling05
I apologize for my severe lack of update in the past few days. I've been busy with class and stuff, and just have been absolutely exhausted at the end of the day every day. It is almost nine pm right now, and I'm bone tired. As for why, that will be in the section for today 9 July.
Saturday, Marie and I went to the catacombs. It is a network of underground tunnels which houses millions of bones originally buried in the cemetaries of Paris. Around the late 1800's, most of the cemeteries were full or starting to fill up and a decision was made to empty them of old bodies so that the new ones had a place to go. There was a disused rock quarry (where there had been several accidents a few decades before) and so they put the bodies there. It is amazing; there are stacks and stacks of bones at least 4.5 feet high (many taller than Marie, who is 5'4" and even a few taller than me at 5'9"!) and several feet deep as well. Pictures are up on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2
Sunday, Marie and I went to the Louvre again because, on the first Sunday of the month, it is free.
The sculptures didn't fit in that album however, so I will have to make another one for them (which I haven't done yet).
On Monday, I went to class and then after that, a friend of mine named Brittany, who is on UPC with me at Auburn and is also studying in Paris with another program, met up in the afternoon to hang out.
Which leads to my Tuesday, which was rather uneventful except that I had my first class for le français orale and it was okay, although boring and kinda tedious (listened to lots of tapes). We have to give a 4-5 minute oral presentation either the 15th or the 22nd (mine is the 22nd) and I am not happy. I can barely give a speech in english, much less in french! Also, during lunch and after class, Marie and I went shopping at Esprit and H&M and I totally got pants that were originally 70 euros for 20.
Found out that I have a test tomorrow in my M-F class (thanks for letting us know NOW, prof!) and also we have hw due tomorrow in that class, and I have hw in my Thursday afternoon class which I have no idea about (supposed to write a poem or something? I can't even write english poetry!) That class is too advanced for me, but I only have 3 more classes of it (it's only on Thursday afternoons) so I'll deal, I guess. This afternoon, Marie and I finally went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and it was an adventure, that's for sure! We got in line for tickets, but didn't realize til an hour in that we were in the line for stairs only! We climbed 30 floors to the second level (where you then take an elevator to the very top). Fortunately, we had this huge group of like 14-15 year old British girls in front of us for entertainment, and also some French boys dancing tecktonik (check it out on Youtube, it's hilarious: http://youtube.com/watch?v=4zU_jMAX
Pictures of our ascent to the top are on facebook here:
Now, I have to go study for my test tomorrow and finish uploading the rest of my pictures from today to that album (facebook hates me). No idea really what the rest of the week holds except that we are going Sunday to Giverny to see Monet's estate!
Update soon for the rest of the week!
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