I’ve been sick. Which was fine at first as it gave me an excuse to sleep off the jet lag. I went out for brief trips to the village and grocery store, but mostly I’ve laid low, drank a lot of tea, read, watch House reruns and moan to myself (sometimes even in French!).
Now that I’m starting to feel a little better, it’s storming like crazy out there. As a result, I’m still staying pretty close to home and I still don’t have much to say about life in a French village. Or what it’s like trying to open a French bank account. Or look for real estate. Or go to the weekly market. Or ride the train to another village. Or climb the hill and look over the valleys and mountains. I still have all that ahead of me. But I am caught up on House.
That said, I thought I’d write down some of my observations based on my experiences so far. It’s either that or download and watch The Bachelor, After the Final Rose. This seems preferable.
1) A shop in Vidauban makes a world-famous lavender honey. While good, it doesn’t cure the common cold.
2) The trees here seem lean into each other as if huddling together.
3) Every afternoon a flock of birds come out and fly in formation, dipping and swooping like The Blue Angels.
4) The pharmacies have condom machines out front in case someone needs protection after hours (which now that I think about it, seems like a probable time to need it).
5) This soup is really delicious.
6) Daylight savings time starts on March 27 here.
7) Hugh Laurie is hot.