I have signed up to write for the Adornment (Fashion and Beauty) section of “The Sanctuary”, the new student newspaper at the University of Birmingham. Juggling that with final year work may be a challenge, but I am really looking forward to experiencing these things first hand. I have also put my name down for a French module next year entitled “La Presse et son discours: analyse et ecriture”. It is all about the style and analysis of French newspapers etc, so I’m hoping that I get it, as its another small step into learning more about the world of journalism. I still haven’t got round to finishing my article for Module 2 of my fashion journalism course, as life is just getting in the way and I really want it to be good, so I dont want to just sit and rush it out, just to send it off! Though it is tempting, considering how little free time I have at the moment!
Canoeing down the Loire River. It sounds like either a great adventure or something that you would never touch with a bargepole (excuse the pun!) in your life. At first, I took the latter approach, as the idea of being stuck in a boat with only your waist up visible and cruising down fast flowing rapids did not appeal in the slightest. What if you tipped over? I am the kind of person to panic at that stage and not flip back up again! However, then I found out that they were more like kayaks and you could have up to 3 people in the boat with you, so it became more appealing and a fun day out with my group of friends here. So, I signed up.
I haven’t written on here for over a week because I’ve been getting used to life in France. I’m here on a month-long language course as part of my university course (they pay!). There isn’t a whole lot of things going on in Tours (well, there is, but it can be a bit strange!). I saw some form of street theatre the other day where people were going mad in the street with a huge painting and then running off down the street with the audience following them and mostly leaving a big mess in their wake! Also, there are a few dance shows that are pretty random – my friends went to some where everyone was naked and covering each others’ private parts with their hands! Lovely..! Hmm… the language course is quite intense with a minimum of 3hours of grammar lessons a day starting at 9am… after living in Spain, I’m not sure I remember what that is!