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Today has been cleaning time. I looked through all the bed sheets we had in stock. Incredible to see how many single-bed sheets we had ‘just in case’. When my parents divorced and I had to move by myself, they gave me single-bed sheets and covers that they didn’t want to throw away (my mum get attached to inexplicable things like this ‘souvenirs’), but didn’t want to keep either… Call me garbage.

Then again, when D and I got married all we had were single-bed sheets and covers (why did nobody get the idea to give us a King-size bed, sheets and covers?)… So, we kept our collection with us from a moving to the other without ever needing any. Lately, since we are thinking of a transatlantic moving, I was thinking that there is no-way we’ll keep dragging un-useful items with us. So, I filled a big bag with the said sheets, old clothes (I won’t go back to France with clothes that I bought there 10 years ago…) and gave all this to charity! It’s not because we don’t use single-beds, that others don’t have the need.

Yeay! I feel relieved & lightened… 🙂

On another topic, internet has once more been magic today. =) Strasbourg has been my obsession on Google lately (heheh!)
I learned that the center of the city was built in the 15th and 16th centuries. There are a couple of islands surrounded by the river, so the constructions look interesting, don’t they?


Now, map freak that I am, I had to find a map of Strasbourg. And now I’m very very happy because not only can I visualize where the European parliament is on the map, but also see how it looks like from the sky 🙂

I’m such in a good mood, it’s hysterical! ha ha!

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…some rap (as far as I know, which is very little in that chapter) in Italian (on the radio). Sooo funny! Yo! 8)

It has been raining for the past 3 days… Quite sad and depressing. I hope today will be better because I just don’t feel like fighting against rain on my bike, while going to work… *sigh*

If we decide ourselves to go to France, it will be Strasbourg. That’s because it’s where there is the Protestant Theology Faculty. There is one in Paris and the other in Strasbourg. Paris is fabulous to visit, but to live there is another story. And besides, I like the idea of living in a French city so close to Germany (I’d like to bring my knowledge of the language back to shape). What I like about all this, is to think that if we live in Strasbourg (which is a relatively big city with a good airport and train station), well it will be very easy to go spend a week end in Paris, in Belgium, in Switzerland (more expensive, though), or even Italy… Oh, and I skipped Germany, but very close to my mind =)


I suppose that must be somewhere downtown (see the French flags).

The tramway. Looks new, eh!?

The European Parliament. (Do they need some translator? How does one apply to work there?)

On another note, my new job is great. I spend a lot of time translating from English to French, which is not always easy since there are a lot of maritime terms that I’m not familiar with. But the two other secretaries are hilarious (speaking alone, or yelling to each other when there is someone on the phone -on mute, of course- ). Of course, they also make fun of my accent, but only to laugh better with me: I was telling them, “you are hilarious“, and one of them answered, “are you telling me I’m a liar?”. hahah. Sometimes I don’t know what to say, afraid as I am to say the wrong thing, or mispronounce. Oh well, that’s the life of the One Who Wants To Learn Many Languages. *sigh* 🙂


De todo un poco

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