hello(: i know i haven't updated for days, which is so unlike me, but then things have been extremely busy over here in montpellier. and i'm using nadiah's laptop now, so i can't upload any pictures here; she needs my laptop to use photoshop to complete work, cos hers always hangs on her hahahaha.
well so on the first day of school i discovered that i was in a totally different class from the rest of the singaporeans..there are about 15 of us, and the rest are all in the same class except for me!! whyyyy..and i was totally dreading class. and after the first class, i was so stressed and upset that i wanted to cry! for real. there are 3 italians (who are really hilarious, they joke all the time), 2 swedish, 1 japanese, 1 russian (with a british accent), 1 american and me. and the rest of them speak really really well cos they've been in montpellier for like 3, 4 weeks, and some have even been in france for 3, 4 months. only the russian, american and i started class on monday.
so it was really stressful, they can speak so well..as for me, i can write well, hence i do well in tests, but speaking is a real challenge. anyway i tried to change classes, but my teacher said i have to remain in this class and try to speak cos he saw my placement test, and that i'm suitable for this level of learning..so i had to be thick-skinned and remain in the class and make lots of mistakes in speaking so that i can learn. and its really not easy at all, but class has been getting better, and funnier and more enjoyable, so that's good(:
and i am improving! nadiah and i can understand most of what our host, nadine is saying, and our responses are faster now. we have lots of expressions and intonations and actions to illustrate what we want to say though haha.
on tuesday we cycled from montpellier to the beach, which is really far..according to nadine its 10km, but i think its much more! cos we cycled through the town and through lots of winding areas, and through this rich area with boats parked right outside their house because they stay along a river. and we also had to cycle on the really rough and uneven and gravel-y type of rural paths..it was crazily tiring, and i mean it. we took about one and a half hours to cycle there, then we spent one hour at the beach (which is a topless beach as well), and then we took another 2 hours to cycle back. and by that time we were all half dead from cycling, and from sitting on the bicycle seat, 5 minutes on that seat is enough to make ta derriere ache a lot. oh and i crashed into some barrier (HAHA) and fell, so now i have really, really ugly, bruised legs. nothing serious, but still. i hope they heal soon!
anyway i said the weather here will be better than singapore's, apparently not! only the 1st day was good, but now its just getting hotter and hotter every day, today was the worst day! and perhaps tomorrow will be worse. you can get a tan by walking on the street, i'm serious. after going to the beach twice, and cycling under the hot sun for so long, and walking here and there in monpellier, nadiah and i are much darker than when we first came here.
and yesterday there was une manifestation in montpellier itself! une manifestation is a protest/strike. you know how they say the french love to hold strikes..i think its true. yesterday's one was by vinegrowers, because the government has increased the taxes of wine, so they are extremely unhappy because they already aren't making a lot of money, and to increase taxes is to drive them out of their livelihood. we were so excited to see it (not participate!), because well, you'll never see such things in singapore, ever. so we went to the area where they were gathered, and it was like some rally, with the main speaker rousing the crowd and stuff. and some french reporters said that the protest will get violent in 2 hours and we got very scared :/ after the rally, they started marching out and lighting these firecracker sort of stuff that sound like mini bombs, when they explode its loud and there's smoke. it was quite scary. after that we escaped to go for a french workshop. and isk said that when he was walking home, he saw the police complete with their batons and helmets and vests and shields, and there was a tree cut down that blocked a road, and it was on fire :/ really scary but quite interesting! how they're so different.
i think my english is getting worse..i can't spell some words properly, i don't know why! oh and today we went shopping(: got cheap, nice stuff again; but we only managed to cover a bit of the shopping mall (its called polygone). so we're going to go back soon!
its 7.56am in singapore now, which means its 1.58am over here..and i have class at 9am! oh no. okay i'd better end here(: just thought i'd update you all. for all those of you who left comments/wrote to my facebook, thank you! <3 i will reply you soon! just that i have so so so so much homework to do everyday after school :(
and i miss all of you!