Paris, Markets and Halloween – Bourgogne University, Dijon

The university has been on holiday this week so I’ve had a nice break from classes, even though it seems that they have only just started. The plan was to use the holiday productively to go and see some of the area, but that didn’t happen. I did go to Paris on Saturday with some friends though. There is a good deal on train tickets where you can get a return from Dijon to Paris for 15 euros! This is amazing considering train tickets are usually so expensive. It does however only applied to specific trains – you have to leave Dijon at 5.45am and you don’t get back until 10.30pm which makes it a very long and tiring day.

We were lucky because we have friends who stay just round the corner from the station so we were able to stay there the night before which meant we didn’t have to get up as early as we might have. We arrived in Paris at quarter to nine and had to wait for nearly an hour in an extremely chaotic metro station before we could get into the centre. We went up the Eiffel Tower and to the Pompidou centre. We didn’t have nearly enough time to do everything we would have liked to but when its only 15 euros for a return I’m sure we will be doing it again at some point. I went to the market in Dijon earlier this week. The market is held 3 times a week in a beautiful market building near the centre (which was designed by Gustave Eiffel) and it is huge. It has every type of food you can think of and loads of other stuff as well. All I bought was a baguette but it was worth going just to look at everything! It was Halloween yesterday! Halloween isn’t a big thing in France – the shops aren’t decorated and full of Halloween stuff like they are at home. The nightclubs don’t make a big deal of Halloween either so we went to a party at our friends’ flat. We did find a fancy dress shop to buy our outfits but we felt a bit silly once we were all dressed up and had to get on the bus to our friends’ flat. No one else was dressed up and people kept staring at us! I start classes again tomorrow after the break. It will be nice to have a bit of structure back in my life. Even though the break was only a week long it feels like I haven’t been to any classes for months! I still can’t believe that I am looking forward to going to classes!

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