Tuesday, October 3



The homesickness was the worst last Friday; I'm feeling much better now, and the grobbeldy sounds have coalesced into words and phrases I can understand. And my own mouth occasionally produces things to which the locals nod their heads in response.

I have a German roommate (until I find an apartment), a strong grasp on the names of the English teachers here, and a passion for croissants beurres au chocolat. And, lucky me, a couple of friends.

That's my school. More photos eventually, like later this week? Oh, and tomorrow is my birthday, the first one I will have ever spent away from home. It's strange.


Anonymous martha said...

Hey -it looks amazing!
How are classes?
Do you have regular internet access yet?
I can't wait to see more photos.
Thinking of you.

2:01 PM  
Anonymous sally said...

Happy early Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day! I'll be thinking of you.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous kristin said...

Happy Birthday!!! It's hard to away from home on such a special day, but how wonderful to be able to look back and remember the birthday you celebrated in France. :) Much happiness to you!! can't wait to see the photos :)

2:22 PM  
Blogger Shari said...

the school looks lovely. happy birthday! eat a chocolate croissant for me! cheers, shari

2:31 PM  
Anonymous martha said...

Happy Birthday as well. I was so excited to see france photos I missed that the first time around.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Mama Urchin said...

oh it already looks lovely, I can't wait to hear more. And happy birthday!

2:40 PM  
Blogger Funky Finds said...

Wishing you a very happy birthday!

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Jan said...

Happy Birthday, Eireann! May your first birthday away from home be filled with many good memories.

3:31 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

the school looks wonderful, happy birthday... will be thinking of you and sending wishes for a a lovely lovely day!

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Bon anniversaire! as I think the French say. I have several years of French rattling around in my brain but my memory is crap so it's hard to know if what I remember is anywhere near being correct. At any rate, happy birthday! May tomorrow and the year to come be full of wonderful things. I'm looking forward to hearing and seeing more about your French adventure.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous 26vermillion said...

Glad to hear all is well. I am living vicariously through these pictures!
It makes me think of the town in the Chocolat movie for some reason.

Happy early birthday! Let me know via e-mail when you have a postal address there. : - )

4:56 PM  
Anonymous kelly said...

happy birthday! sounds like a wonderful excuse to over-indulge in some fantastic French pastry, wine, and chocolate! looking forward to hearing and seeing more...

6:23 PM  
Blogger lisa s said...

hello birthday girl! [fellow libra] your school looks lovely....

hopefully you'll find the perfect b-day thing to do in france....

6:29 PM  
Blogger molly said...

the school looks beautiful...so glad you've made a few friends and are settling in a bit. now I'm craving a little chocolate bread for breakfast!
have a sweet birthday tomorrow. i'm sure it's odd being away. take care of yourself and enjoy the day!

6:46 PM  
Blogger Tania Ho said...

Happy Birthday !!! And glad to now you're settling in all right :)

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy birthday tomorrow! Mine was monday....I love october! I hope you are starting to love it there!

8:33 PM  
Anonymous geek+nerd said...

Happy birthday lady! Hey if you have a second, shoot me an email with your new fancy french address. I'll send you a prezzy :)


9:02 PM  
Blogger Austen G. said...

Happy Birthday. A candle in a pain au chocolat...couldn't be a better b-day breakfast! Unless, maybe, it came with a cafe au lait? I hope it's great.
Take care.
ps...love the photo!

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Alison said...

happy happy Birthday and I second the decision to spend it indulging in good french food :)

1:22 AM  
Anonymous Gina said...

Happy Birthday to you. What an adventure you are taking. Thanks for sharing it with us. I can't wait to hear more.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous laeroport said...

10/4 good buddy and happy bithday. (Although in France it is 4/10 eh?) Today my husband and I are celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary. A good day! I always enjoyed my birthdays abroad. I'm sure you'll find a way to make it extra special.


9:39 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

oooh! joyeux anniversaire!

10:24 AM  
Blogger Sandrine (alias Didine ♥ ) said...

Un très joyeux anniversaire à toi mon amie ! I hope you'll have a lovely day in France ! Enormous smooches :)

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Lisa | eots said...

I wish I were there to honor your day with a lovely surprise. Happy Birthday!

3:16 PM  
Blogger stephanie said...

happy birthday!

i know you'll find the rhythm and pace to your life in france soon. keep us posted!

3:20 PM  
Blogger Dawbis said...

oh, many happy birthday wishes to you! i hope you will enjoy your first birthday away from home.

looking forward to hearing more about your adventures there in France! how exciting it must be :)

3:32 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

A very pretty school.

9:10 PM  
Anonymous blair said...

Happy Birthday Dear! I am slowly catching up with friends and reading your posts, I can't believe you're actually there. Wow! Enjoy every minute. I can remember feeling intense homesickness at times in my life. We learn so much about ourselves through times like this, don't you think? xoxo

9:40 AM  

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