14 October 2016
a little update on life & my travels
Hello everyone! Just thought I would write something a little different on my blog today…. a little travel / life update of where I am at in my ‘gap year’ (although I hate to use that term… so if anyone has a better suggestion, you are more than welcome to share!)
As most of you would know, I am currently working in a small village called Greoux-les-Bains. It is in the South of France, in Provence (only 45 minutes away from Aix-en-Provence) and I am working as an au pair for 2 young boys aged two and a half and four and a half. I would say I am nearly two-thirds of the way through and to be honest… kind of counting down the days until I can call myself a proper traveller again! Don’t get me wrong, the family is wonderful! But yes, the children ARE a handful and I didn’t leave Australia to do this forever so I’m starting to get antsy about travelling again!
Since we are in the south of France it’s taken a while for the weather to cool down, which I know for most of you, you would be rejoicing over that fact! But with my travels this year I’ve had 6 months of summer… and I’m kind of over it. There, I said it. I want winter to arrive already! Although, this last week it has started to cool down and autumn is clearly in the air which I am loving! Funny though, quite some weird emotions are coming out of autumn… in Australia we don’t have the leaves and the colours and all the great things that I love about autumn, the only memories I have of a proper autumn are of when I was living here when I was 7 years old. So, lots of memories are coming back from that time in my life! Kind of cool though isn’t it?
Apart from that, I am sick. I have been sick for the last 3 weeks (maybe that’s why the children seem harder to handle?) and I finally got over myself and went to the doctors 2 days ago. I somehow came out with 4 different types of medicines and 6 boxes… I swear if I walked out of a chemist in Australia with that many different medicines, someone would think I’m dying. But no, in France they just hand them out like they are chocolates and to be honest, it cost me less than what chocolates would cost me. Got to love France right…? Either way, not to worry, it’s just a chest infection or something (here I am hoping that I understood the doctor right…) So I am on the road to recovery, and on the downhill road of my ‘working’ part of my travels! Yippee!
Otherwise things are good. I’m plotting along in French life as if it were normal. My French has improved by a mile and I’m eating all the great french food everyday (although my waistline doesn’t like me for it I’m sure!). So all is well in the life of Estelle (ooh, I do like how that rhymes!)
Hmm… I am sitting here on a raining Thursday afternoon in my room, on my bed, typing on my laptop and I’m trying to think of other things that are going on in my life right now to share with all of you… I guess stuff that isn’t the usual stuff I blog about (which is always by far the more interesting stuff).
I mean, I’ve started to get addicted to ‘pinterest’ again (you can always follow me here), I am currently addicted to the TV shows ‘Suits’ and ‘Elementary’ (yes, thank the god that France has netflix so I can at least get some english into my everyday life!) hmm.. what else… I am reading books like its nobodies business, I guess thats part of the fact that I’m living in a small french village where I am for sure the only one in their 20’s. OH, and I’m learning about everything that I hate and love about France which is fun! Which is also making me appreciate so many things in Australia (like a good bacon and egg roll for example!)
Anyways… I think that’s it for now. I’ve just got to plodder along for another month to month and a half here and keep enjoying all the great things about France and then I’m off again! I can’t wait to explore the rest of Europe in winter (if you can’t already tell, I am pretty dam excited about that fact!)
That’s all for now, missing you Australia!