Time flies when you’re having fun. The second day of a new week has already almost come to an end and I haven’t even written a blogpost on what I’ve been up to this weekend. Friday evening was pretty quiet. After work I first went to Santa Monica to get a new battery for my MacBook, only to find the Apple Store closed for normal business, but with a huge queue in front of it, and the full staff applauding and yelling whenever a new customer was let in to buy the new release of Mac OS X and to receive a T-shirt…Madness I tell you, and unfortunately one of the few times I went out without a camera here..
On the way home yet another freak approached me in the street, this time trying to get me to go out and have tea with him, he even said “Don’t worry, I’m not hitting on your, I’m gay”.Â The good thing this time that he wasn’t twice my age, but I’m still not comfortable with the fact that men just come up to you in the street and start talking to you no matter how good their intentions are. So now I’m wearing a ring to hopefully scare them off and a colleague is making me practice saying “I’m not interested” during a coffee break ;).
Back in Venice, without a MacBook battery (I would get that on Saturday though) but with a new wetsuit and some booties, I walked to the Waterfront café where the cool people from ISI usually gather for food and bad German beer (I go for the lemonade). This time I only found David there (the next day we found out the others had relocated, but as usual I didn’t pick up my phone and they didn’t have David’s phone number. But we had fun anyway. The best part (food-wise anyway) was dessert at the Novel Café where I indulged again in raspberry rhubarb pie, accompanied by hot chocolate. The bookshelves at the Novel Café also provided much entertainment so we had a jolly good time browsing through computer manuals that were probably left there by costumers 🙂
On Saturday and Sunday I slept in a bit, and didn’t do much, not even surfing because the waves weren’t worth going out for (they were small as well this morning, but I was suffering from withdrawal symptoms after a week not in the water, although I did like staying in bed an hour longer ;)). Instead I walked on the beach for a bit, on Sunday even lied on the beach with a book after I had done all my grocery shopping. Which consisted of a trip to the farmer’s market in Santa Monica for vegetables. This Sunday’s band was very good too, one song they played was just one of those songs that gives you a weird (but good!) feeling in your stomach 🙂 Between my visit to the farmer’s market and the supermarket I went online to find the exact recipe for some stuff I’m going to cook later this week (moussaka!) and I found Mr. P. online who was on his way out to watch Benfica at a friend’s house. There was still enough time for a fun little conversation and I’m happy to say I’m really getting to understand written Portuguese now. There’s still a long way to go, I’m only writing small sentences myself (although I do know how to rent cars in Portuguese, both continental and Brazilian, this just doesn’t help you with general conversations on how the surf was this weekend etc..). It’s fun, I had almost forgotten how much fun getting into a language was. If only I could get my hands on Portuguese books here..LA isn’t big on books in general, and the only foreign books you’ll find are Spanish. Actually, Spanish is quite omnipresent here, at most shops you’ll find signs in both Spanish and English and a lot of staff will also speak Spanish.
Monday was work again, and I just made it to the beach in time to see the sun set. Next week we’ll go to wintertime here so it will probably be dark by 5, so I’m taking advantage of these “later” sunsets this week…the rest of the evening was spent shopping again for a Halloween outfit. Today I finally got something working at work that’s been pissing me off for a couple of weeks now, so I was quite happy about that. My day got even better when I received a postcard from mum and dad and a new memory card (that is to go with the camera, which is still in transit). Again, I made it to the beach in time to see the sun set again (after surfing yet another addiction) and the rest of the evening was spent cleaning and re-waxing my board, listening to music and writing emails and this blogpost 🙂
Ciao for now!