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Nov 18, 2012 - Cultural Differences

Salut à tous! I’m going to write a bit about the French culture (these are generalisations of course!): Everyone knows that the French like to kiss (or rather, to make kissing noises whilst touching cheeks). But did you know that hugging is a huge no-no? In fact, it’s a gesture reserved for comforting someone who is mourning! Companies are more employee orientated than customer/client orientated. France, as a very bureaucratic country has MANY laws in place to protect employees. I have definitely noticed this attitude in shops etc. I have...

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Nothing Toulouse

Oct 13, 2012 - France en Velo

Dear Family and Friends, To blog or not to blog, where does the adventure morph into the ordinary? Cycling through France from St. Malo on the Atlantic to Sete on the Mediterranean and back to Toulouse through the Cevennes and Gorge du Tarn was not “ordinaire” enough for us to stop writing a blog, so here is our experience of the last six weeks. We had never toured together cycling and we had no idea what it would feel like to leave our homely tent and stove behind placing our living quarters and nutritional needs in the hands of the...

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Chirpy Ventures

Oct 7, 2012 - The Pink City is Turning Orange

Some more babble from Marianne (apparently a nickname for France). Things are getting busy and days at Uni are long, but it’s good to be kept active. Commuting to Uni takes about an hour each way, consisting of a walk, metro ride and bus trip. The metro system here is excellent; just 2 lines that make an X shape across the city. Platforms are glass fronted and the trains are driverless. This all works very nicely until you are stuck underground in a broken down train, not able to understand the French overhead announcements (this happened...

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Nothing Toulouse

Sep 21, 2012 - Getting Settled

It’s been almost 3 weeks since I arrived in Toulouse and I am starting to feel settled and get into a routine etc. It’s good to have started at Uni. Lectures are 3 hours long which was a bit of a shock to the system at first! However, content wise there seems to be no more per lecture than we would have in a 1 or 2 hour lecture we would have at home! We are told that it is the French way to draw things out and explain in great detail! Another thing which is quite different is that for a lot of work we are put into groups (to work on a...

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Nothing Toulouse

Sep 19, 2012 - Toulouse -day 2

Hi all, just a quick note today, had a nice walk around Toulouse, big place! we wanted to find the way out to the canal du midi so we didn't have to do it blind tomorrow morning, so we have that all sorted, thank goodness, always a bit stressful getting through the big cities. Lisle went out for a bit of a ride later, he needed to get some loose spokes fixed on his bike and the stand tightened so he rode around a bit too and came back saying that we were really blessed that we kind of got lost on the way in because if we had come in the...

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Buts Mer de Mer 2012

Sep 18, 2012 - Toulouse

Hi all, Made it to Toulouse in quick time, (we have now clocked up around 480kms now, and we figured that at least 400 of these has been on cycle paths.) The threat of rain can do amazing things to your average speed! We covered the 65kms in 3 &1/2 hrs with a couple of short breaks to refuel. We met a nice lady at a tourist info centre at St Martin Belcasse (yes, trying to find toilets!) who was very excited that we were Aussies, her daughter is living in Aus at the moment, at Port Douglas. We (me and the lady that is) conversed mostly in...

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Buts Mer de Mer 2012

Sep 5, 2012 - Day of rest in Toulouse

OK, so maybe this isn't so much a day of rest, but a day of not going so hard. We woke up this morning and headed to a nearby laundromat to wash clothes. We spent a good part of the morning and early afternoon there, and watched as a bunch of students went backwards and forwards between their accommodation and the university. Afterwards we dropped the clothes back in the hotel, and Ali said she'd like to chill in the hotel and take it easy. I wanted to go explore the town a bit, so I went out for a walk and did some shopping. There were...

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Sep 4, 2012 - Landing & Finding my Feet

I arrived in Toulouse only a few days ago, but it already feels like I've been here for several weeks! A French student from Toulouse Business School met me at the airport (yes, she DID actually turn up, contrary to the nightmares I'd been having that she would forget) and took me to my accommodation. I have a nice studio flat in area where there is lots of student accommodation, located near the centre. For a general bit of info about the city; it is the 4th largest city in France, after Paris, Lyon and Marseille. The centre seems...

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Nothing Toulouse

Sep 4, 2012 - Arrival in Toulouse

This section will be a little bit short, as it's mainly there to record on the map where we ended up! We were on our way from Rocamadour, and I started to fade a bit from all the driving, so we pulled into a service station and filled up with fuel, for the car and for us. I grabbed a coffee and a "donut" (the french don't do donuts, they should stick to traditional pastries). Ali got a baguette and some President spreadable butter. There's one thing I should say, French but is AWESOME. It is so much nicer than Australian butter. It's not...

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May 25, 2012 - Voila, Le soleil at last

Our last day in Albi and the sun came out. it was bliss to have a T-shirt on.  I took the opportunity to stroll the shops, something I haven't been able to comfortably do on crutches, while Fred sat at a cafe with an express and the paper before going to the market to purchase a selection of goodies for a classic picnic lunch. We found a lovely park in Albi alongside the river. It was snowing 'fluff' from the trees but it didn't bother us. I had a snooze under the trees after lunch and felt like the subject of an impressionist...

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May 24, 2012 - A duck too many

Thursday 24 May We spoke to mum on Skype this morning and it was good to see her looking well  and back to her old self complaining she was feeling like a zombie being bossed around by Pam and her medical staff who are all insisting on her not returning upstairs at Yernga. Today we drove about 60 km west of Albi to Montauban which had a nice feel and as a bonus a Galleries Lafayette department store. As we walked around the old colonnaded square there was a delicious BBQ aroma and it turned out to be confit duck, sausages and...

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May 23, 2012 - 5 litres of diesel et une tarte framboise sil vous plait

Ooh la la life is pretty good when you pull in to a petrol station to fill up and find that it is also a boulangerie and patisserie. I could not believe my eyes when I went in to pay to see two guys baking and a display of wonderful goodies. Pity we had just had breakfast and I felt obliged to walk away empty handed. Nevertheless it felt good just knowing that despite my despair that the rain was still falling there were many unbeatable aspects to France. It was another big day as we took the back roads to Rocamadour  about three hours...

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