How much wine can you carry?

After my last post I visited Auchan and stocked up on wine for the weekend. Wine was always my drink of choice and it has continued to be with a bottle of French wine needing to cost no more than a few euros (about a third of the price compared to back home). The weekend was full of socialising and just general relaxing.

Last week on Tuesday we had a day off for Armistice day, so after a tough day at work on Monday I had most of the rest of the week off. Highlights included, another party or three (and checking out everyones apartments), a three hour long lunch with some of the other assistants, going to the thermal baths/hot pools etc., a few nights at pubs meeting new people, going for pizza (twice) and the best highlight of all was spending all of Saturday afternoon at the Irish pub watching the All Blacks win against Scotland (much to Naomi, Chris and substitute Scot Dom’s sadness). Lowlights included my first pangs of homesickness (11 weeks after leaving), failing to get my internet working in my room and the weather turning colder and wetter.

It has been really great to stay in one place for a couple of weeks, but watch this space, more travel is coming soon.

Amanda xx


Back to the grind? Not really

Continuing on from my last post; we had two more days in Santorini which were spent going out and we also went to Oia which is the more photographed part of Santorini. We found a restaurant and watched the sunset which was beautiful. Our last morning was spent buying Greek products and getting one last look at the view before we started our journey back to Paris.

We arrived back in Paris on Saturday evening and I met up with another Kiwi who has just moved there for her job. Emma and I grabbed a pizza and a bottle of wine and sat alongside the Seine making new friends. We decided to take the free bikes home which once we worked out how to do it and got functioning bikes (Emma’s first choice was missing a peddle), it was great fun as well as some much needed exercise for me after all the food in the last two weeks.

Sunday was the great invention that is free entry to museums! (The first Sunday of the month) So I spent my day climbing the Arc de Triomphe and checking out the Conciergerie, Saint Chapelle and the Pantheon. A highlight was getting to see the crypts of great people like Marie Currie and her husband Pierre.

My week at work started well with two classes not happening as the students were off on internships. This was the theme of the week and I ended up having pretty much three days off and only 5 hours of classes. Yup, that’s right! 5 hours. This gave me more time to organise some more paperwork and get a bit more of a routine.

I also had a chance to explore the city more and took more photos. Tonight I’m off to a party at one of the other assistant’a houses so I have to go now and get some wine.

Amanda xx