fadagaski: (merlin's look of wonderment)
Meme

Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] fidgetknickers. I never get tagged, so yay!

a. People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.
b. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

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Tag: [livejournal.com profile] shei, [livejournal.com profile] belenustenebrae, [livejournal.com profile] kaleidascopeyes, [livejournal.com profile] knowing_shadows, [livejournal.com profile] trialia, [livejournal.com profile] annephoenix, [livejournal.com profile] bustahead, [livejournal.com profile] moeshas.

Merlin (ep 112)

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Moar

NaNoWriMo Swiss style ended in, well, style this past weekend. We gathered at [livejournal.com profile] belenustenebrae's house for a sleepover that involved cake, alcohol, pizza, pasta, Twister, Singstar, Mario Party, Super Smash Bros, and Merlin drinking games. Best weekend of my life ever full stop amen. Gonna miss these guys so much - they made Switzerland a much more entertaining place than it would otherwise have been.

Going to Milan this weekend to stay with [livejournal.com profile] jackks, which shall prove to be entertaining, especially if angry uni porters yell at us in Italian. Hmm.

And then I fly home to jolly old England on Monday. Can't believe my time as an au pair is almost over. I'm going to miss this family a lot; they've been so good to me. Still, nothing beats a Christmas with your own mother and sister and menagerie.
fadagaski: (charlie brown and snoopy)
Living in Switzerland, it was actually quite eye-opening to have felt the tangible sense of relief that swept the nation Tuesday morning when people woke up for work, turned on their TVs and saw the news bulletins from America. This election was a great step forward to Americans, blah blah blah, but so much of international diplomacy teetered on the brink of red vs. blue. Only now, despite Russia's oh-so-helpful rhetoric, is it really becoming clear.

The palpable relief that Swiss folks felt that morning was generated not by a desire to see a 'liberal'-ish US President in power (the Swiss are scary-conservative about pretty much everything but democracy itself). It was about money, that substance that makes this country so very important to world trade. Without a healthy global economy, there is no healthy Swiss economy. It's obvious that politicians, journalists, and simple folk are expecting Obama to perform miracles when he takes office, and it's just as obvious to me that they will be disappointed. The BBC repeatedly called the US the 'powerhouse' of the world economy, which to a certain extent is true - but this isn't the 1930s when the western world functioned on a complex and dangerous series of loans and reparation agreements all powered by American banks. If Obama can't single-handedly mend the global market, what does it mean for everyone else?

It means that we have to get our asses into gear to help ourselves. There are a lot of growing markets out there - China, India, Brazil are the ones that get top billing - so the opportunities exist to help ourselves. I only hope that those in power realise it before Obama takes his first tumble.

In non political news, I am 5000 words behind my NaNo wordcount but now I have private INTERNET in the house that I live in (officially, having moved in today!). It's kind of funny that Mami Boss and Papi Boss are going to such lengths to get me in as fast as possible, and asking me how I want this and that other thing when I'll be gone in 5 weeks to the day. Better book my flights! *glee*
fadagaski: (sa distance)
Well, it's the end of my spectacular little holiday in England. Two weeks of lounging around the house, visiting family and friends, eating way too much junk food and loving every minute of it. I've managed to acquire a NaNoWriMo travel mug and ML stickers, 4 postgraduate prospectuses (from Cardiff, Durham, UCL, and York - and would that be prospecti?), and a new suitcase. I came here with 24kg of check-in luggage and I'm leaving with 9.6kg. My hand luggage weighs more.

It's also been decided that [livejournal.com profile] bustahead and I won't be going to Japan in August. This is for a number of reasons, but mostly money. The JET scheme don't pay the upfront fees on housing any more, which is a huge blow for anyone moving to Japan because it's so extortionate. Plus I am really really overdrawn on all my accounts. So I need a settled, full time job or two to get things together. It'll work out in the end. I mean, we all know I can't sit still for five minutes when there are cheap flights leaving daily to all over the world.

And finally, the end date for this job is December 12th. I will be back in the UK some time after that, depending on when the cheapest flight goes. Between then and now I am going to: Geneva, Zurich, Basel, Bern, Lucerne, and MILAN(!), so I won't be bored! Or rich. LOL.

Adios amigos. Catch ya on the flipside ...

ETA: Landed safe and sound. It's absolutely miserable here, though. Fog and cloud like pea soup as we touched down in Basel, and the trip from the French coast onwards was bumpy and uncomfortable. Blaaarrrgh.

BUT I have internet here at the airport. God bless the French and their airport wifi!

Grüezi!

Oct. 11th, 2008 06:35 pm
fadagaski: (bunny on the line)
Hello from Lucerne/Luzern - the best city in Switzerland? Or at least a VERY close contender. Love it here.

Am thinking of applying for NaNo ML Switzerland. Am clearly crazy haw haw.

NO INTERNET AT BOSS' HOUSE MAKES A SAD ALLY. *cry*

Bonsoir!

Oct. 4th, 2008 10:22 pm
fadagaski: (beach horizon)
Lookit! Lookit my location! EEEEEEE!

Geneva is pretty awesome. Everyone here is either French or American, so I have equal amounts of trouble understanding people (especially because my brain is stuck in German). But y'know what's the most fabulous thing about my impromptu trip? I am TOTALLY staying in a FOUR STAR HOTEL. HOMG. It's fabulous! There's a minibar, and TV, and a respectable double bed just for me, and the world's most expensive internet connection, and did I mention the MINIBAR? I am watching TV and surfing the web and drinking vodka and coke and eating Pringles and just generally enjoying being 22 (as of Sept 30) and ignoring the fact that I really can't afford this. LOL.

CNN International shows a lot of travel ads that make me really want to go ... travel. Funny, that. I never thought I'd want to hit Bahrain ...
fadagaski: (row boat)
Gah. I've been trying for two days to sign up for NaNo this year, and first the servers were overloaded, and now they're KAPUT. Bah.

But in anticipation of said NaNoing, I have been working on last year's (and, soon, this year's) novel. Yup, breaking the rules in so many ways, but all I want is 50k of SOMETHING in the month of November.

So the 30th was the anniversary of my 22nd year on this planet, and it went off pretty well. I worked 12 hours, skipped my German class, received sweet pastry things, CHF50 from Grannie AND ... MY FLIGHTS HOME. HOMG. Pretty freakin' awesome, eh?

Speaking of Canadians (get it?), did you know flyzoom.com went bust? Which sucks out loud, because how else am I meant to get out there on the cheap? Made of fail, people.

And as my wages for last month went in (with no deductions, hooray!) I have decided to go away for the weekend to Geneva. Am leaving Friday, and coming back either Sunday night or Monday morning. YAY FRENCH-SPEAKING PART OF SWITZERLAND.

You know you've lived in Europe too long when: you're forced to communicate in an awkward and broken mix of French, German, and English in order to be understood by anyone.

Scheisser

Sep. 19th, 2008 09:33 am
fadagaski: (ouran cake solves everything!)
Why is it always, always 2 steps forward, 1 step back? Why?

It had been, until now, a really great week at work. Monday was quiet, Tuesday was long and quiet, Wednesday was filled with more poo and sick than I had ever seen before (and I was at uni), and yesterday was long but wonderfully fun and creative. Today? I slept in late, necessitating Mami Boss to take Little Little Girl with her to the mechanic.

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAFHKLGDFHIGLSDFHGSDJFSGL.

I mean, it wasn't unexpected. Big Little Girl gave me a cold, I've worked three 12 hour days with all manner of bodily excrements, and I didn't get to sleep last night until about 2am. But the alarm should have gone off at 8.45am! Why did I have to sleep in until 9.15am? And today is probably when Mami Boss will decide to have the fortnightly 'Talk' about how things are going.

Life is a black abyss.

But apart from that, everything here is peachy. How are you?
fadagaski: (ff7 jenova)
Am surfing the intarwebz on someone else's unsecured broadband on a bridge in Bern, where it was previously raining. Have had one cat come to see what I was up to.

One day I will bring my bike here and explore this city properly. I really love it. Wonder if it would be possible to live here one day for a while? Maybe go to a college on a summer language course or something?

Have decided to quit au pair job in December. Do not want to deal with girls when their mother is home with Baby, as they become completely different creatures when their parents are around, and Mami Boss does not want/need me to look after the kids when she is home. This was proved on Tuesday when she stayed home sick, Big Little Girl pitched a huge tantrum, and Mami Boss told me to take Little Little Girl outside whilst she dealt with it. Even though the day before she had said that I would be the 'boss', because Tuesday is a full shift regardless of who is home. I can understand why she did this, but as an au pair it kind of made me redundant. So - not facing that when Baby arrives.

I want to learn Spanish, French, and German. And possibly Korean.
fadagaski: (dmc nero *smirk*)
  1. Sister arrived last Wednesday for a week's stay and has been nothing short of fabulous ever since.
  2. On Sunday we spent 7 hours in the train (3 there, 4 back) in order to see the Matterhorn. We took the cablecar up the Klein Matterhorn with its all-year snow and slowly receding glacier. And we went in the highest elevator in Europe, to a height of about 12,200ft. Was AWESOME.
  3. Last night we went to Bern (best city ever, how have I not been there already?), where we saw The Dark Knight. For all that people have been raving about it, I expected to be more taken in by the movie. It was good, but I don't think I adore it like most people do. Bruce Wayne (as opposed to Batman) is my second favourite character, next to Commisioner Gordon (who is made of utter win).
  4. Papi Boss is home today getting over a fever, so the girls are mucking about for his attention. Luckily he is taking this exactly as he should, but it's still annoying for me. Oh well.
  5. I'm working 36 hours over 3 days this week, according to my calculations. It would be interesting to see how Mami Boss works out my hours.
  6. Night out on Friday? I've done more partying and late nights working full time here than I ever did at uni. Oh the irony.
fadagaski: (tree LOVE)
Gah, so much has gone on in the past two weeks!

Two weeks in Switzerland, and counting )

Luxembourg in review )

Cliffnotes: Luxembourg was educational, Switzerland is so far extremely fun.

Hiatus

Aug. 5th, 2008 12:33 pm
fadagaski: (post lacks insight)
Stunningly little access to internet here, so forewarning all those who might be worried by a sudden disappearance - I am suddenly disappearing.

CIAO.

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