Right now it’s only a few days until the holidays, and the mountains have been completely enshrouded with mist the entire day. I’ve nearly been here two entire months- two months on the eighth of October. It doesn’t really feel like two months- it feels like I’ve been here much longer. Memory and perceptions of time are so WEIRD.
My second full week at school went well- it rained a lot. On the thursday I went to a meet up of all the Glarus exchange students- it was a dinner at the Jugendhaus*, and we bought our host families along. Me, Gabriela and Lionel went because the other two were busy. The volunteers with AFS [the exchange student organization that were hosting the event- I don’t know why they invited me but it was very nice of them!] had made us all dinner and laid on a wonderful spread for dessert. The adults all sat and chatted over coffee while Lionel became an instant pro at some Russian hand games and I learnt some…interesting ice breaking games. Very hilarious and I’m sure that Ollie and Charlie would like the one called ‘Ninja’.
On the Tuesday I had made it to a second hand clothes market, and found an op shop in Glarus- a bit expensive, but high quality, and I bought a wool winter coat with a hood for 25 francs. That’s around the same in dollars and pounds, if anyone is wondering- so not bad. I also bought a pair of BEAUTIFUL grey lace up heels- pictures down below.
I wore the heels and coat to the End of German course exchange student party in Zurich on Friday night- I was a bit dubious about going as last time I just awkwardly hung around while everyone got drunk. But this time I got there [ ‘there’ being the same pavilion/park place in central Zurich] and was immediately welcomed by the small group playing a drinking game, so, fun time. I had a pretty good time- met a lot of new people, stole a packet of chips from someone who was too hammered to appreciate them, tried to get the speakers working [that was like a five person job, but by the time I left they still weren’t working]. Someone filled a vodka bottle with smoke and it was genuinely one of the prettiest things I have ever seen. [picture below] . I walked home from the train station at half past midnight whilst thinking about political discourse in science fiction so I obviously wasn’t drunk from my two cups of Sprite.
The weekend was pretty nice- just chilled out, went for a walk or two, wrote to Great Granny. Last night we all went to a restaurant to have dinner with Runa and Lionel’s paternal grandparents, and Flicka’s best friend in the entire world, Chilla. They spent the first ten minutes running around, jumping at and licking everyone, before curling up under the table while we ate. Yep, dogs were allowed in the restaurant.
This week has been and is going to be pretty laid back- because it’s the last week, most of the other classes are off doing work experience or on a school trip. My class have about half the usual amount of lessons, and I have even less because I don’t take French, so I got to sleep in two more hours than usual this morning. It was still misty when I biked to school at nine, though, which I’m very glad about- I love mist. Tomorrow I’ll be home by ten thirty in the morning! Thursday and Friday are pretty much the same though.
Anyway, I accidently deleted about half of this, and I can’t remember what else I wrote about, so I will call it a night. Have a nice week!
* Sprite isn’t alcoholic. That’s the joke.
* The jugendhaus is a local eating place run by immigrants to the area- it’s like a project set up, I think? It’s a pretty cool space, and the food is cheap and nice, so I’ve had lunch there a couple of times.