News from the front!!!
First of all, thanks to all of you for your kindness, your advice, your attention! I was just delighted to see that so much of you wrote a comment upon what I've posted before.
Well, I hope that the few following lines are going to answer to all of your questions, about me, my life in Paris and my studies. Maybe, it will be just the beginning of the answer, and we will have the rest in next post.
Today, as Helen has said is November 11th and as a lot of countries in Europe, France commemorates this special day. I always feel lucky when I watch images or pictures of the First World War not to have seen the attrocities of war, and especially not to have live it. I was born in a country which knows peace and freedom. But, to my mind, this day could be the opportunity not only to think about this war, but also to other wars that still take place in some part of the world and to their victims. We could say lots of things about war, about how it's disgusting, useless... but war still exists. I am sad of it, and that is why I dedicated this few lines to all the people who suffer from war.
It's hard after such a message to speak about other things, but we are going on with lighter things. What about my day? November 11th is one of the many day-off that exists in France. I have already talked about this specificity in my last blog. But here, I'm going to give you a pinch of french cultur. November 11th was this year a tuesday, so we make a bridge ("faire le pont" in french), which means that after the week-end, we don't even return back to work on monday, not either on tuesday which is the real day-off. So, we have a 4 days-off. I don't know if it exists in other countries, but you can't imagine how I like this system. So, I went to the commemoration of this special day: some people are dressed up as soldiers, and some old cars are showed off. In spite of I'm a girl, I'm just crazy about cars. And those ones, are really old. It was some old Renault of the beginning of the 20th century, with leathure seats, big steering wheel. To my mind, Renault is linked with France. So, what do you think about it? What is linked with France in your mind?
But, this 4 days have been busy. As I have talked about last time, and a lot of you have been interested in having more information about it, I have studied a lot for my alternance. This is a special studying status which is quite developed in french studies. The principle is to share a month into two parts, one at work and the other at school. "Alternance" is really nice for both of the people involved: for the companies, they trained people during one year and have after a well-prepared workers who knows the way the society works. And for the student, it's a way to have experience which is very important when you are looking for a job. But also, you are paid as you are a real worker, instead of when you are only a student. Well, Marianna, external form of studying during the week-ends exists in France, also some are in the evenings, but are different from my status.
To tell you the truth, it is a very busy year, as I have to deal simultaneously with theorical knowledge and complexe law concepts and practice at work. To answer your question, Hyoshill, I'm still wondering if I want to be an insurance lawyer. Since I went to the Lloyd's in London and met some underwriters, I'm also interested by this job. So, I am waiting for the end of this year, next september, to choose.
I work in La Défense, which is the business center of Paris. It is mainly composed of skycrapers and I'm not really found of this kind of architectur and the general atmosphere of this place. Concerning the architectur, skycrapers make me suffer from vertigo and I prefer Haussmanien buildings, the ones that you can find in the city center of the capital. They are smaller and are made of stones, instead of glass and I am really found of the front, which sometimes is sculpted. The atmos"fear" of La Défense is scary: getting to it by public transport is harsh every morning as the underground is full. The first time that I get in, I was just astonished by the noise of heels on the ground and how people is running all the time. For your information, I have not all my life live in Paris, and until my fifteen years, I used to live in the countryside, this explaining my reaction when I discovered Paris and especially La Défense. And yes, Koorosk, Paris is a beautiful city, but as every big city, it's sometimes hard to live in as people are stressed out and even the conditions of living make you stressed out. But, all that stuff is forgotten when you have a walk near the Seine, or at Montmartre.
About insurance, concerning your question Ramin, I can tell you that oil companies are covered under their fire insurance for material damage. But, can you just precise your question if it concerns financial loss or just material damage?
And, I don't forget you Helen: about the use of the form "used", after reading many times this expression "used to misusing used to? Let's get used to using it accurately", I finally quite understand it. It's a way to say that now we can speak about a habit which someone has in the past with this special form properly. And concerning the embolded words, I have few questions concerning "poppy day". Why does this day named by this red flower? You have talked about the colour that everybody uses in England, but why it is the emblem of the end of war? Concerning the other words,
- Tribute is a special day to think about someone or something and to speak about it;
- grind to a halt is to make a stop;
- Weary-war means that we are all tired of war
- And last but not least, get into the flow of things: well, I find the translation in french which I can translate by "se remettre dans le bain", but it is hard for me to explain it in english. It's a way to get back to something?!
About the topic, what about talking about sports? Do you just watch it, practice it or totally live sports? For me, sport is really important, it is a way to release pressure and have fun with friends.
Read you soon and good night everyone!
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