From the land between Wake and Dream. (sea_thoughts) wrote,
From the land between Wake and Dream.

Luxembourg Entry No. 2

I hope you're all doing well and that the weather is fine where you are. It's been very misty here during the early mornings but has usually brightened up. The skies are usually clear, but we don't get much heat, it remains cold. And yesterday was miserable. I didn't go anywhere (I wanted to open an account at the post office) because the house of refugees next door had been having a party and I eventually had to move myself into the living room and sleep on the sofa in order to escape the bass. So I woke up mid afternoon and the post office closes at four on a Saturday. Never mind.

I went to visit Lorraine, my mentor, and took the bike that's been leant to me. The saddle is a bit high, but I think it's at the lowest point it can go, so no joy there. I can't really push down on the pedals, though, so I end up feeling like I'm on a child's bike which is just too big for me. Lorraine and Cams (her husband) live all the way at the top of a building, so everything is very pretty, but cramped. Also met their cat, Rinky (official name: Katia), who is a Tonkinese/Tonks cat and reminds me a lot of a Siamese one in that she is very talkative and wants attention all the time. And borrowed three DVDs - The Pianist; Truly, Madly, Deeply; and Poinette. All films I have been wanting to see. I alread watched The Pianist, which was probably not a good idea to do late at night, but there you go. Hard to watch but amazing story. Think I will pick TMD for tonight, which is slightly funnier, even if it still involves death.

Work is going well. Sophia, my workmate, went to Italy for her mother's birthday on Saturday and didn't come back until Thursday, so I had the office to myself, which was nice, even if it meant that I didn't know what anyone else was doing, because I usually know through Sophia. The funny thing was that when Sophia actually did come back to work on Thursday, she couldn't get any work done, because people kept visiting our office or phoning her to welcome her back and ask her how it had been. It got to the point where I ended up laughing every time the phone rang. She eventually went home early, poor girl. I've started doing bits of translation now, which is more interesting than revising, but requires a lot more research. I tend to alternate between the translating, which is interesting but hard work, and the revising, not so interesting but easier.

Briefly visited Luxembourg City (the capital) earlier in the week to get my monthly ticket, which covers me for the whole country, buses and trains. It's very pretty, almost a dream of what a European city should be. Lots of interesting passages and a pedestrianised centre, of course. According to Cams, they're always doing roadworks on it, so just when you've learned one way to get into the city, it changes and you have to find another way. Oh, and just a thought if any of you are going to be driving through Luxembourg: Lux drivers are extremely aggressive. As bad as the French. You have been warned.

I also got myself a Lux SIM card, so I can finally call people. It only cost 20 EUR, which was nice.

That's about all I have to say for now. :)
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