I'm already half way done?
01.11.2009 15 °C
Classes were officially declared last week Thursday. Rather strange seeing as it's now the end of Fall Break which means... I am officially half way done.
I am horrified.
Finally, I feel settled in. Finally I feel as if Lille and le Nord in general, is my home. It feels good to stroll on over to the hypermarket, to take the walk to school, ride the metro into town, go to the Marché de Wazemmes on a Sunday morning, eat pain au chocolats... actually, just eating French food in general...
I would say I lead a relatively simple life in Lille. I don't do much -I go to class, I buy groceries, I wander around, go to a bar, cook a meal, look at pretty buildings. I do nothing and yet my days are filled up. I come home at night and wonder how on earth I managed to spend the entire day doing nothing particularly special or important and how could my day have passed by so quickly. I go to campus and spend an hour or two sitting around having lunch or a delicious hot chocolate with whipped cream on top. I meet up with people randomly without any real sought out plan, life just spontaneous.
What makes France, and perhaps Europe in general, is that life really is just simple. At least compared to America. There's this feeling that yeah, perhaps you do have the time to take things as they come, to enjoy the pleasures, and not feel rushed to do everything all at once. It's this feeling of satisfaction, that although you may not do much, what you do is still efficient and still important. Unlike America where you can work for hours and hours and still be totally inefficient.
I feel less stressed here. I feel less anxiety, fewer doubts. It's a good feeling.
I also just came back from Amsterdam. Chillin' with the ex-roomie. Like I said, I have a lot to catch up on. But this week I'll do my best. Minus the fact that I STILL have to sort out my health insurance, by my ticket from Bratislava (!!!), do more homework, get ready for final exams and email Hendrix my list of courses. And check out like... 5 different activities going on in Lille this week. Ok, not really, but I've suddenly realized that Lille has so much to offer and I'd be an idiot to not go out and see what all there is out there!