Tuesday, 3 June 2008

29 days and counting...

It's 5am on Tuesday morning, I have about 10 assignments due in over the next 2 and a half weeks, so what else would I be doing but updating my blog that I haven't touched in two months? Cooking mini pizzas and re-heating cold sausages is what! (Denny's Gold Medal Sausages courtesy of parents, mini pizzas provided by Cocci Market).
It is very very strange to think that almost a year has gone by since I started this (awful, poorly thought out, and neglected) blog. Also very strange was booking a one-way flight for my return home (1st July!!!). With less than a month left, most of which will be spent with me panicking at 7am when I have a presentation due in an hour and haven't slept yet, I'm very anxious to charge up my camera battery and wander around Paris for a day or two, soaking it all up before I go home, because whilst the vast majority of my encounters with Frenchies have been bad ones (although over the past few months things are evening up), I will definitely miss the city itself. In the rain it's not so pretty but when the sun shines it's bloody gorgeous :)
So over the next week I'm going to sit down and make a list of things I need to do and see before I leave, because as much as I may want to, with a busy year ahead I doubt I'll get many opportunities to come back and visit (although if I want to do so at least I know people I can crash with!). Also I need to buy shoes. Can't leave Paris without buying nice shoes.
Overall I have very few regrets about the year, starting out was very tough, and in retrospect I would have done a lot better had I just thrown myself into it, but that's easy to say now I suppose. I also probably should have wandered about a bit more, did lots of wandering last summer and really enjoyed it (apart from that one time where I misread the map and we ended up in Chinatown), and I wish I could have made the most of the sunny days we've had so far but I blame Sciences-Po on that one for keeping me indoors working on exposés and fiches and the like.
I'm sure there's more to say so I'll write a more comprehensive summary blog when I leave, for now it's back to asking whether or not we can consider politics as a profession...oh the joys..

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Nikki

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