living (and commuting) from Antibes
14.10.2012 - 20.10.2012 16 °C
We've spent a week in a great apartment that's situated on a hill in Antibes that has a glassed in balcony with an ocean view. It feels like a solarium in that room; it's very relaxing Spent all afternoon this Saturday and last on the couch in here enjoying it after our morning ulti in Vence. Both Saturdays now, we've travelled to Vence - the first time, it took us a long while by public transit, after that, those friendly ultimate people gave us a ride and refused any money for gas. So beer it will be. Vence has the closest field that's available for frisbee because fields closer into town are dominated by youth soccer. Quel surprise! But once you get there, the brand new full size turf field is right in the middle of a small hill town, where you'd never expect to find one. After the practice today, we joined the group back at the captain's flat for beers and pizza.
During these car rides and time spent with ulti folk, I practice my French. I feel like I understand about 10% of what people say, and I've become a pro at the "smile, laugh and nod"; I get about 85% of Luke's Franglish. He is awesome - did I mention that already? - he's the conversation man! I often feel like I've got things to say but just don't have the vocabulary. When he doesn't know the word, he just puts a french accent on it and fits it right in. My French is getting better, but with the ulti people it's easier because they also can speak a little English, so we get by easily, and they help me out with finding the right words. My colleague, however, is another matter.
I work closely with a French teacher - we swap the same two classes all day and share the same schedule. We have a very hard time communicating because she doesn't speak any English, and she often doesn't understand my French, so talking to her about students, schedules, protocol, ideas, curriculum, etc..., is quite frustrating, especially given that there's no one around to help out with that.
We will be moving back to Nice tomorrow, staying with Sophie and Goran again. Hopefully next week will be the week we find an apartment. Most furnished places seem to only be available for students and until June. We had little success with emailing people from the advertisements (with google translate, of course) from the advertisemeso finally Luke just got on the phone. (again, he's awesome! I couldn't have done that!) We will be calling more people tomorrow and hopefully set something up for next week. Moving back to Nice will mean I don't need to get up at 6 am to arrive at work at 8. The 1.5-2 hour commute was a little brutal, but now Luke will get to try! He has an interview in Antibes on Monday morning. This is almost a comedy, it's ridiculous. We are hoping to get a scooter or a car so he doesn't need to do transit if he gets this job. Everyone he actually gets to talk to seems pretty impressed by his resume and experience, so maybe he'll get a job despite the economy here and the fact that it's the wrong season entirely for boat work.
One thing I will miss in Canada when we come back is my new favourite sandwich: camembert and cherry jam on a baguette. So easy, so cheap, so good.
This is the Russian Church in Nice - quite the striking design! Just around the corner from where we were staying (and will be staying again) in Nice.