PostHeaderIcon La vie en France: July 2013

The system has been thoroughly broken: no more guarantee of regular (weekly or biweekly) updates. Laziness and idleness is getting the better of me.

Moved out of the family foster on the first of July, now staying at a private student residence to the west of the city centre. Still having “intensive” French classes and currently undergoing preparation for TCF later this month.

Not much to say.

Indulged myself in the story of Vincent van Gogh, a post-Impressionist painter I first heard of years ago thanks to Don McLean’s Vincent. Besides that, I bought and watched five french DVD’s in an effort to improve my French, but I doubt it’s effectiveness. While we’re at it, give Quand je serai petit and Et maintenant on va ou? a peek.

Tried to get back into reading. I started Voltaire‘s Traité sur la tolérance some time ago, however so far progress has been frustratingly minute.

Had a petite soirée with les Aixois and les Toulousains at the beach for breaking fast.

And… A friendly match between OGC Nice and SS Lazio was going to take place at Stade du Ray on the last day of the month. I bought a ticket for myself and wanted to ask a few friends to come along, but I soon found out that my fellow Malaysians had no enthusiasm whatsoever for the local football team. Unless if it were against PSG, or Real Madrid, or Barcelona, or any other top European team, I’d say that pigs would have to fly first before they would be even remotely interested in this small, obscure French club.

So I went alone. Technically speaking though I was with 5076 other spectators. The atmosphere was not bad, considering that it was after all a friendly match. Despite that, a (minor) scuffle broke out in the first half. The game ended 1-0 to the Italians, and guess who netted the only goal of the evening? The guy that I remember most for the hattrick he scored for Germany against Saudi Arabia in the 2002 FIFA World Cup: Miroslav Klose. At 35 years of age, he was still quick and sharp. “Il a toujours des bonnes jambes“, someone remarked.

This potato photo shows the supporters group Populaire Sud (the ultras) in the Populaire Sud Stand.

It’s August already. Time really flies.

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