Skype is a wonderful thing…most of the time.

And so ends the first month of this year of our Lord two-thousand and eleven. I didn’t really do much today except go to French class. I’m getting a little more comfortable in it and with the people. It seems like every class there’s someone new, so I’m no longer ‘the new one’. I’m the only native English speaker and there are 3 other girls who are the only one’s to speak their native language; one from Russia, one from Kenya, and one from Vietnam. For everyone else in the class there’s at least one other person who speaks their mother tongue! Although, quite a few of them speak a little English (for example, the 3 I give rides home to) so between French and English we make it through. Although I’m getting better at just relying on the French.

There’s this one guy (he’s married with children…don’t get any ideas) who jokes around a lot. We’ve been talking about food and nutrition the past few classes and he says he’s ham. Or a ham. Basically, he is a big ham :D. And people say women talk a lot! The guys don’t stop talking! They’re always joking around, it’s like elementary school all over again, but it’s fun. We all still learn and even though there is sometimes giggling when we try to pronounce things and do it wrong and have to try a million times (it happens to everyone), it’s all in good fun and we know that our turn for messing up will come! Everybody’s really friendly. I can’t remember everyone’s names yet, partly because the name part goes by fast, partly because they are names I’m not familiar with, and partly because everyone has some sort of accent that makes it hard for me to catch what is name and what is other stuff sometimes. And I wouldn’t even  know where to begin spelling the one’s I do sort of remember!

So basically, it’s becoming something that I can look forward too instead of be super nervous about.

Also, I just spent the last couple hours chatting with my friend Bronwyn via Skype. It’s amazing how time flies. We couldn’t use video because it said the internet connection wasn’t good enough. She said she doesn’t have very good internet, but it was still nice to hear her voice. So…By 9pm or so (3pm your time) I’m usually free. If you happen to be online and want to Skype with me look me up! I’m listed as living in Belgium. Just search my name and Belgium (Wasseiges) and you should find me!

I went for another walk today. I figured out the route I’ve been taking is about 5kms or so (give or take .5km). That’s a nice hour long trek to make a few times a week (everyday would be great!). I just stick in my headphones and off I go! It’s pretty chilly again, so I’ve got my hoodie tied up and my jacket hood and scarf and mits…the only thing I’m missing is my snow pants (that I was sort of considering because the wind gets pretty nippy…but there’s no snow). It really feels like it takes no time at all and once you get off the main road there’s not much traffic.

Oh! One other thing I wanted to mention is the difference between town signs here and in Canada. 

<–   Welcome to Wasseiges! (All town signs are similar)

Goodbye Wasseiges    –> 


New Year’s Eve Day – Post #6 (Don’t forget to start @ the beginning ;))

Tonight, tonight, won’t be just any night. Tonight there will be no morning star.

Today Adeline, Bastien, Sylvain, and I went for a walk around Wasseiges. We first went to the post office to mail some cards, then we made a big circle past the Pharmacy, the Restaurant (and French Fry place), the Police Station and Community Centre, Bastien’s future school, and some deer (of which type I can’t remember). The houses around here are really neat. Most are quite old and so they have this character to them that you don’t get with most houses in Canada. It’s garbage day and Adeline was telling me that you can tell how many people live in a house based on the size of their garbage bins. The smallest means 1; medium = 2, and large = 3+. There were a few houses I noticed that had one person living there, but it looked like there could have been a whole family! The streets are very narrow and because of the snow you have to walk on the road. Luckily most cars are patient. ‘Les voiture’, that’s one word for car. See! I’m learning.

Adeline took me through on of Bastien’s books this morning to practice my French. It was about a bear who wanted to hug his pet cat. The cat was running away so he pulled its tail! Cats don’t like that so it scratched (‘graffee’) him (I might not have the spelling right…and we can’t forget those accents!). He went to his father (who was holding the cat) and said the cat was mean. His father said maybe it was him who was mean and not the cat! The bear went off and the cat eventually came back to him and gave him his hug. The end. It actually made learning some things easy because I knew what the basic idea of each page was and I was able to figure out most of the words then.

So tonight we’re going to Jean-Gobert’s house for a nice dinner party.  By the time you all catch up and finally ring in the New Year, I’ll have been in bed for a few hours :P. I’m sure I’m going to have lots of fun, trying to keep up with all the French around me!

I’m going to leave with a couple more pictures. These are the deer living in Wasseiges.


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Here at last!

I’m here! I’ve been in Wasseiges, Belgium for a few hours now and am loving it! My room is bigger here than at home 😀 (pictures to follow). I’m pretty tired from jet lag and everything, but I’ve already got my bank account set up and tried to go to the bakery for bread, but alas, it was closed. The bank’s right across from their house! So cool.

Anyway, I should go now, but I’ll be back with another update sometime.



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