QUOTE OF THE DAY :
"EN GARDE !" - Crazy Frenchman at the Paris Train Station
SONG OF THE DAY :
The Darkness - I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE
LINK OF THE DAY : France
I count myself in nothing else so happy
As in a soul remembering my good friends
"Well he must be dead. Meh." Said all the people back in Toronto.
Well I'm not dead. Though many of you probably think that a week sans computer for me would be fatal.
So where have I been?
When you last read, I, your humble narrator was about to see The Matrix Revolutions. I did indeed see the film and enjoyed it quite a bit. After the movie is where the fun begins though.
To sum it up, I was arrested by the Czech secret police, and placed in a labour camp. Why? I don't know. The point is after a week in captivity I heroically slaughtered my way to freedom. And thusly here I sit.
Of course I'm kidding, and that didn't happen. Or did it?
Anyways, I actually spent 4 days with some family in the midlands of England. It was a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of London. I'll be returning to the UK near the end of my trip to visit some more family.
Before I go any further I'd like to take a moment to curse this FRENCH KEYBOARD AND THE PERSON WHO DESIGNED IT! It makes the German keyboard seem like a walk in the park. It has literally halved my typing speed.
So yes. I am in France. I'm doing the Guerre Du Monde II(World War II) Canadian War Tour. Spent yesterday in Arras. Went to Vimy Ridge. Very appropriate considering it was Rememberance Day. They had a small service for all the Canadians that were there, and there were quite a few. The landscape up there is pock-marked with hundreds of thousands of craters. You can explore the tunnels and trenches that have been preserved, it's really amazing.
I'd like to take another moment to curse this French keyboard. The previous paragraph took me 5 minutes to type. That sucks because in an Internet Cafe... Time is money.
I am currently in Caen. For anyone who has seen Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers you will know that this city was the site of some of the fiercest fighting of the D-Day campaign. This afternoon I'm headed a few miles North to the Beaches. Juno Beach to be exact. The beach where Canadian Forces fought their way ashore. Should be a good experience.
Language-wise I'm doing ok I think. My speaking French is pretty basic, but I can understand people well enough. I know what's being said, I just don't know how to respond properly sometimes. And when in doubt ask "Parlez vous Anglais?" Failing that... well you're screwed. I don't want to come off as American, so I do my best to speak French. I was in Paris for about an hour yesterday on my way here. Most people there seemed to know a little English. Caen though is in Northern France and it's not a very big city, so it's hard to find people that speak English. I guess they don't call it France for nothing.
So for now... Adieu.
Damn this crazy keyboard !