*(Re-Post Warning: So yes, I posted this a couple of years ago but in honor of the 1st day of August AKA “Month of Nothing” I thought I would put it up again. Next week I will expound further on the France/August situation…until then I will be trying to be productive while nothing is open.
This is a transcript of my most recent conversation with France.
Me: Bonjour France!
France: Oui, bonjour. (France takes a sip of Pastis)
Me: Guess what?!
Me: My semester ends the first week of August; I’m so excited. I’m going to catch up on my workouts at the gym, read lots of books, work on my cooking; its going to be great!
France: Ah oui? Very…ambitious. (France looks suspicious when it says this)
Me: Yep, in fact, I think I’ll start by going to the gym right now!
France: No. I don’t think so.
Me: Whaaa? Why not? MB is out of town for 3 weeks. He’ll come back and I’ll be buff!
France: It is so hot. Do you really want to go?
Me: Yes, I don’t care that the gym isn’t air-conditioned (actually I do, but that is for another post).
France: Well, it is August; so I think that I will just close the gym. (France says this nonchalantly but won’t look me in the eye)
Me: You can’t do that! I live here; I have a year membership!
France: Pfff…not for the next 3 weeks, my little American friend. (France pulls out a cigarette and lights it)
Me: Fine, I will just hike in the mountains and take picnics.
France: I will make it rain.
(I give France a face)
France: C’est la vie. (France says this matter-of-factly)
Me: I don’t think you are using that phrase right, its meant to be a good thing, you know, ‘c’est la vie’!
France: It is my phrase, huh? I will use it as I want to use it. Pfff…
Me: Fine, I will sit inside with lots of good books from the library.
France: (France takes a drag of its cigarette and exhales leisurely) You think so?
Me: Yes, I will get lots of cheesy romance novels about English speaking foreigners coming to France and falling in love…they will all have happy endings!
France: (France rolls it’s eyes) You think the library will be open?
Me: YES. I know they have vacation hours; I have checked.
France: I hate to tell you, but I have closed the library too.
France: Très sérieux.
Me: So, I can’t go to the gym and I can’t go to the library…is the market open?
France: Sometimes, but I will not disclose all the hours and days ahead of time. I prefer for you to guess.
Me: (I sigh loudly) Well, maybe I will go to the sea!
France: HA! (France spits out a mouthful of Pastis) Enjoy all the tourists! Enjoy the backed up traffic from Paris to Cassis! Are you CRE – ZEE (read: crazy)?!
Me: So how am I supposed to fill up my month?
France: Just relax, enjoy your life.
Me: We’ve talked about this. Remember Sundays?
France: I know but you have to get over this need to be busy all the time. (France motions to the waiter to bring another Pastis)
Me: Okay, so what can I do?
France: Its August, my friend, you can sit with me and have a drink.
6 thoughts on “A Month of Sundays: Encore Presentation”
I love it! So exactly true. But it has its compensations in Paris – no more traffic jams!
OH, I can believe that!! And I guess more things in Paris stay open? I think it is the smaller towns that can really get ridiculous. Ah well – just going to relax. 🙂
How odd everyone at the same time.
Normally different areas of the country on are vacation at different times of the year but August it is everyone! Makes road trips tough too – serious traffic.
Ah, so happy you reposted this!!! AND I LOVED YOUR LAST POST TOO!!!!
Thanks so much!! I’m such a slacker this summer – too hot to write, haha…does that excuse work? When are you coming to Grenoble?!?