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I am Pascale and will be living in London for a while. You can read all about my brain-dead tourist situations, embarrassing cultural mistakes and see all the pictures and videos I make. I will also post some proper blogs about the work I do to please my parents and teachers. I'd appreciate it if you left a comment. Use the links underneath the top picture to navigate.

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Sun is in the sky, oh why, oh why

Saturday, 19 March 2011 18:17

It's officially spring. Have I said that before? Well, it's incredibly sunny (I've heard the weather is the same in The Netherlands) and London looks gorgeous! I went out today, purely to enjoy the sunshine and to take some pictures;

Liverpool Street Station

Me on the bus to Oxford Circus

Some sort of weird parade that made traffic stop - annoyinnngg

Oxford Street looking gorgeous!

Big Ben absolutely stunning!

London Eye!

Tube @ Embankment

Tower Bridge!

The Gherkin peeping out above the buildings - shot from The Tower Of London

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Happy St Patrick's Day!

Thursday, 17 March 2011 19:26

You know when we dress up for Queens Day... when we sort of go over the top on orange? Yea, St Patrick's Day is like that, except everything's green. It's an Irish holiday, so we didn't really celebrate it that much at school, but the three Irish teachers and the music staff had organised drinks at 4 in the staffroom.

Awesomeness! The table in the staffroom was full with 'Irish food and snacks' and Helen was mixing Black Velvets for everyone. It's basically Guinness mixed with champagne. I thought I wouldn't like it, but I ended up drinking three glasses. Half way through, all chairs were moved and two little girls came in to give a little Irish Dancing show. When they had finished, Alan had drunk enough to have a go as well (I heard that last year he was knocking over tables with his long legs, so now we moved all knock-overable things out of the way) and he was brilliant! Then Anna had a go too and she is absolutely amazing!! Afterwards everyone was talking about dancing so when I got asked if I danced, I explained how I used to be really into hip hop dancing... Next thing I know everyone's telling me to show off some dancemoves in assembly. Err... no thanks.

More awesomeness; at some point, people were talking about their first concert and they had all these amazing bands that were their first gigs. The Stones, Van Morrison... when they asked me, I just went "Ehh... Busted?". I expected everyone to burst out laughing, but one of the teachers had a mental freak out. "Oh my God, Busted?!" Turns out she's a proper fan of them ("Did you also fancy Charlie?! He was definitely my favourite!") Never mind that she's probably about 45...

Last awesome thing; today when a parent asked Helen where I was, she described me as 'That girl with those amazing glasses'. Never gets old, getting compliments on my specs!
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Back to work!

Monday, 14 March 2011 18:20

I missed a week of work due to illness. When I got there this morning, everyone was extremely happy to have me back... it was a bit weird. I felt like they were joking, but Helen looked me in the eye and said "We even discussed taking your passport so you can't go home". Err... alright. I just smiled and pretended I wasn't freaked out. Definitely not complaining about the fact that they've missed me, but they sort of left piles of work on my table so I've been all over the place today.

There's some sort of company that's coming in this week to check 'the quality' of the school. I don't know how else to put it since I don't know the actual terms, but everyone's been going mental about how the school looks for outsiders. Everything's nicely filed up (in Helen's office that's mainly because I've been sorting through lots of ancient documents) and the displays need to look perfect. If there's anything up on display that's not of educational value, it'll make the school lose points... or whatever, I don't know how this works. Anyway, apparently Helen has told everyone about my brilliant creative mind so I've been working on everyone's displays today. I did one in the hallway, two in Helen's room, one in Year 2 and one in Year 3.

It wasn't until the end of the day that someone said to me; are you alright? I must have looked a little pale, because I got sent home immediately. I'm not complaining, I do feel pretty drained.

In other news; I broke the doorhandle of the staffroom door today. I went to open it but pushed it by accident and somehow locked us in. No one could open the door from the inside (luckily you can go from the staffroom into the library and get out that way) so Steve - the janitor - had to come to fix things and broke the entire doorhandle off the door. Way to go Pascale!
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