Tallinn’s rockin’

in English:
So Tallinn was COLD. But it was also really cute and fun ! We didn’t have so much time there but we managed to see the old market, take a really fun free guided tour, stuff ourselves with giant pancakes, shop for antiques, drink shots and enjoy our private sauna !!

in French:
Donc Tallinn était..FROID. Mais c’était aussi super mignon et fun! Nous n’avions pas énormément de temps sur place mais nous avons tout de même réussi à aller au vieux marché, à faire suivre une visite guidée un peu déjantée, à nous goinfrer de pancakes, à faire les boutiques et à profiter de notre sauna privée!!

A Swedish attempt:
Så Tallinn var KALLT. Men det var också fint och roligt. Vi hade inte så mycket tid där men vi hann att gå på den gamla marknad, att följa en konstig/rolig guide, att smaka jättestora/goda pankakor, att shopa och att njuta vår privat bastu !

week. finally. over

In english:
i couldn’t be happier that this week is ending. It was tough. Demanding. I feel empty. No energy, nothing. Earlier i almost cried cause i realized i had book the wrong time for laundry. This is how tired i am. So short post for today. Just wanted to show you the super cool youth hostel i stayed in while i was in Umea. It’s an old prison. So people sleep in tiny cells.

 

 

In French:
Je suis tellement soulagée que cette semaine se termine. Elle était longue, difficile et m’a complètement vidée de mon energie. Cette aprem j’ai pratiquement pleuré en réalisant que je m’étais trompé d’horaire en reservant la machine à laver. C’est à ce point là. Donc je vais faire court. Je vais juste vous montrer ou j’ai passé la nuit à Umea. Dans une ancienne prison transformée en auberge de jeunesse.

 

A Swedish attempt:
Jag är så jätteglad att veckan slutar. Det var lång och svår. Jag har tappade hela mitt energi. Den är eftermiddagen gråttade jag nästan när jag insåg att jag had bokat den fel tid på tvättstugan. Sa trött. Så det kommer bli snabbt. Jag vill bara visa er var jag sov i Umeå. På en gamla fängelse !

 

Today, in excrutiating details.

I thought it could be fun (or not) to have some kind of “live post” about my day today. Like i said im at a student fair in Umeå.
Right now it’s 9 am, i have been there for 30 min, my stand is ready and i already talked to 3 students. Great. But in english. Sucks. It’s too early and im too cold to concentrate on swedish. Plus, i don’t wanna be rude but people here have a weird accent.

9.06 am: got the “aren t french people rude?” question already. Bummer.

9.13 am: the girl at the stand in front of me has candies… bunch of students are blocking the way though….why do they wear their pants so low…might as well not wear anything…

9.28 am: i’ve been asked if i was swedish. The fact that i speak swedish like a spanish cow (total word for word translation of a wonderful french idiom) doesn’t seem to be giving them a clue.

9.53 am: im cold. im desperate to meet a student who actually knows about us.

10.am: i think i made a friend. The guy on the other side offered to get me some coffee. What about a survival blanket?

10.11 am: jag pratade svenska !!! I spoke swedish. And she said i was good.

10.17 am: btw, i didn’t have time to say that but 127 hours was not good. I do not think it will win him an oscar. He can do sooo much better than that. Im sure of it. If you wanna know about the story, watch this instead. Honestly.

10.27 am: here we go. The “i need to pee but can i leave the stand alone” moment. I used to think “what the hell, we’re in Sweden” and twice that proved to be a bad idea. The first time my purse got stolen, the second time the trestle with our name was taken (still wondering what on earth you can do of a stolen trestle with another agency’s name on it..)

11.11 am: (make a wish) ok im gonna have to go to the restrooms. Of course that’s exactly when all the students are gonna come rushing to my stand asking about France. How typical.

12.39: so on my way to the restroom i came across the lunch room and thought what the hell, lets eat. It was nice. And warmed me up a bit. I also realized that “Blondinbella” was the guest speaker of the fair, a very famous swedish blogger. And honeslty im quite puzzled. I mean it’s a student fair, im not quite sure i understand what she is doing here…appart from the “attractive” thought of having a “famous/fashion/beautiful” speaker…the room was packed so i guess she has an important message to deliver. Im gonna have a look at 13.00

13.28: ok. I’ve been. I’ve seen. I’ve listened. And im shocked. Here comes this good looking, succesful, outgoing 20 years old in front of a room full of  very impressionable 16-18 years old. And what kind of message is she here to deliver? Basically “how to get tones of money through blogging so you don’t really have to work and can go out to super fancy parties every nights“. I mean OMG. I now understand swedish enough to know that saying “i started my blog at 15 and by 17 i could live off of it, so i got my own place, but i wanted more money so…”   to kids coming for a student fair, to pick their studies, their jobs, their future is NOT OK.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s great what happened to her. Wonderful. She is living her dream and she sounds like a smart girl who knows what she wants. And actually i understand that the main message to those kids must be “live your dream, be strong, you can set goals and achieve them” but unfortunatly they are just kids and i just don’t think it’s appropriate to tell a bunch of teenagers that that’s life. That if they start a blog they’ll get rich and succesful. Im afraid they might not be able to understand the core concept.

14.11: i wonder if i could be any good at drawing…. i never really tried. My sis is the artist so i never really given it much thoughts…

14.29: damn it The candy lady is packing up.

15.00: ok people are leaving. I m gonna go soon. Don’t really know where to go till my flight though. It’s not like i can walk around the city, it’s minus 20 people ! Anyway, that was fun. Bye bye.

on the road again…

in english:
argh. No time to tell you about Tallinn yet. I’m going to Umeå for a student fair tonight.  I should be excited but i ve been feeling sickish lately, im exhausted et stressed AND im scared of flying. I’ll be back Thursday night.

In french:
Argh. Pas le temps de raconter mon séjour à Tallinn. Je vais à Umeå ce soir pour un salon étudiant . Je devrais me réjouir mais je ne me sent pas très en forme, je suis crevée et assez stressée, et en plus j’ai peur de l’avion. Je serrai de retour jeudi soir.

A swedish attempt:
Argh. Jag hann inte att berätta om Tallinn. Jag åker till Umeå ikväll för en student mässa. Det låter kul men jag känner lite sjuk, jättetrött och nervös, OCH jag är rädd att flyga. Kommer tillbaka pa torsdag kväll.

Sexy rock

In english:
My weekend in Tallinn  was SUPER COLD COOL ! Seriously i don’t think i was ever that cold but i had a great (short) time in this adorable old city ! I’ll tell you all about it later but right now i have to hurry up. i’m gonna catch a movie with some friends. 127 hours. With James Franco. 1h38 minutes of James Franco. The review that made me buy the tickets: “Franco manages to turn a rock into something sexy”.

In french:
Mon weekend à Tallin était GELE GENIAL ! Serieusement je ne me rappel pas avoir jamais eu aussi froid, mais c’était tout de même très sympa de découvrir la ville entre amis ! Je vous raconterai ca plus tard, la je file, je vais voir 127 heures avec James Franco. 1h38 de James Franco. La critique qui m’a fait acheter les billets: “Franco arrive à rendre un rocher sexy”.

A swedish attempt:
Min helg i Tallinn var KALLT KUL !  Ärligen, kommer jag inte ihåg den sista gången jag var så kall. Men det var egentligen jätte kul att upptäcka staden med vänner. Jag ska berätta snart men nu har jag lite bröttom, jag ska pa bio med mina vänner. Vi ska se 127 timmar med James Franco. 1h38 av James Franco. I en artikel läste jag meningen som gjorde att jag köpte biljeterna: “Franco kan göra att ett hälleberg bli sexig”

 

Tallinn baby !!!

This morning im on the way to Tallinn for a 3 day weekend with älskling and 3 other friends !!

Ce matin je suis en chemin pour un weekend de 3 jours à Tallinn avec älskling et 3 autres amis !!

I morse är jag  på väg till Tallinn för en 3 dagar helg med Älskling och 3 vänner !!

This oceanic feeling…

ok, ok, ok i said i was back and i kinda wasnt. I could blame work, i could blame älskling being back from Africa, i could also be honest and say i wasn’t feeling much inspired.
But one of my dearest friend, Marie is moving to Australia next Wednesday, and she started a blog for us to follow her around. And i felt it again. This envy to share what’s happening in my life again. Plus, i’ll get to follow her and she’ll get to follow me.
So let’s hope that’s not just another try.

ok,ok, ok  j’ai dit que j’étais de retour, et en fait, pas vraiment. Je pourrais dire que c’est à cause du boulot, à cause d’älskling qui est de retour, mais honêtement c’est surtout que l’inspiration n’était toujours pas de retour.

Mais mercredi prochain Marie part pour l’Australie. Elle a crée un blog pour que nous puissions suivre ses aventures et ca m’a redonné envie de continuer. Pour qu’elle aussi puisse me suivre. J’espère que cette fois je suis de retour pour de bon.

   och nu försöker jag på svenska !

ok, ok, ok. Jag sa att jag var tillbaka och jag var inte. Jag skulle kunna skylla jobbet, eller älskling som är tillbaka från Afrika, men ärligen, jag var inte motiverad.
Men en av mina bästa vänner åker till Australien nästa önsdag och hon skapade en blogg och jag kände som jag ville börja igen. Så hon kan också följa mit liv.

ett år i Sverige / a year in Sweden

Yesterday was a special anniversary. I moved to Sweden exactly a year ago.  OMG everything that happened since September 16th 2009. I can’t believe it’s only been a year. But i also can’t believe it’s already been a year !!! It’s the longest i lived in another country.
I had swedish class from 6 to 8 so i had time to process the fact that after a year of studying that language…i still can’t speak it. How frustrating. I feel like giving up sometimes. But i promised myself i won’t leave Sweden before i can speak Swedish.

Over all it was a great year. I moved in with älskling, i started a new exciting job, i survived my first minus 20°c winter, learnt to know and love STHLM, i made awesome friends, i lived alone, i traveled around, i celebrated midsommar and got stuck on an island… and there are still so many things for me to do. Spännade !

On a total different note, but not that different cause after all, i’m going the distance, on tuesday Ro, Alice and i went to see “Going the Distance” with Drew barrymore and Justin Long. I didn’t really know what do expect but if they do a movie on long distance relationship, i HAVE to see it. I LOVED it. And suprizingly, it was incredibly funny. Not funny “ha ha” funny “laughing for 5 more minutes after the joke is over”.
It’s official i have a huge lesbian crush on Drew Barrymore.

Ok, time to start my “one year plus 1” day !!

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Hier ça faisait exactement un an que j’étais en Suède ! Le moment pour les mises au point, reflexions sur le passé et l’avenir .-)

une super année finalement, tellement de choses ont changées depuis le 16 septembre 2009, pour le mieux. Encore au moins un an et tellement de choses encore à découvrir !