28 July, 2014

Diannie; Illuminati


Mick and I had booked an apartment on Airbnb (recommended to me by a lovely darling) which thankfully turned out to be just as wonderful as the photos. The view was delicious and the buildings were as excellent as their rooftops. Every morning we woke up to birds that sounded so amazing they didn't sound real, and every night we fell asleep to the sound of a nearby pub watching the World Cup, which isn't at a ridiculous time like it is at home.

There was a supreme pizza place across the road which fit about four people snuggly inside the whole shop, and Karonis came over one night before we all left Paris to have the best Pizza Party there ever was.

Karonis took us on a tour around the city when we arrived, and then took Jess, Vanessa and Joel on the tour again when they arrived.

Everything in Paris had the same colours, and they were all amazing. All the shops were taller than they were wide, and (since it was a Saturday) everywhere had an incredible amount of people. We aren't fans of queues so we didn't go inside anywhere. I suppose if I really wanted to I could try again next year.

Somehow I feel like my rolls of expired film end up turning out better than my unexpired rolls do.

Heute war sehr anstrengend,

25 July, 2014

Diannie; Sun and Strike


Pretty sure I had the wrong settings on during this whole thing, because none of the other photos look like this. I wasn't even drunk. Just confused I suppose. Imagine if life looked like that.

We met one of Damian's students from Kingston and he said many things that were interesting. There was a giant bag of alcohol and at some point a beach ball was kicked around. And food, so much food.

There is a whole mess of sun baking bodies there. My apologies (except not really because it looks slightly hilarious. Is that Jake or Karonis? Who knows), my winding doodad was really out of wack at this stage.
I wish plants here were as seemingly cheap as they are in Europe. I would own so many succulents and isn't that just the dream life.

Also baguettes. Oh man I will live on baked goods next year and gain 400 kilos. Maybe then my doctors will stop telling me how severely under weight I am. That's the plan next year: plants and food.

This post is so blurry.

Just before we left, we found out the trains we were to catch were on strike. So we rose literally at the crack of dawn to catch whatever they would let us on.
None of the photos of Joel captured his smug face when he managed to travel free from Annecy to Paris. A lady who got one somewhere in the middle of the route demanded that the whole train shift and step on each other so that she could have the seat she had booked, regardless of the fact that about four trains worth of people were currently jammed into this single train that wasn't cancelled.
I have about four more Annecy photo posts left, and I'll probably drag it out because schedules are for people who aren't exciting or whatever.

Forms make me nervous, as do most types of organisation. I keep putting off all my applications and requests for people to help me out because what if I get everything wrong but I'll have to do it some time... Just not right now. Procrastination is terrible. I'm made of the stuff.

Yesterday I found out that Origin is essentially giving out the Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for free (you just have to google it and redeem a code) so I got really excited and did all the things and got the game before realising that it was Windows only.
My night was pretty much ruined so I had four servings of pasta and a jar of jelly and that fixed me right up.

Uni starts next week and I am entirely unprepared to do any kind of German because I haven't touched it since my last exam and I'm fairly sure I'm going to go through all sorts of panic and paranoia before I go to Zurich anyway, so I'm not really adding that much stress to me pre-Zurich preparation stage.
On the other hand, Mick and I started to do some animation related things together so that's good progress.
I always put off German study for animation anyway.

Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei!

12 July, 2014

Diannie; Paddle Pub


About 60% of Annecy is paddle boating, being at the park and then going to the pub. All for serious purposes if you have the effort to do so, but we are (unfortunately) chill people. I blinded people with my flash for pretty good reasons, but after this night my film winding thing became stuck more often than it should have and I ended up with a lot of accidental double exposures.

I have an absurd amount of photos of Colin on this roll because he's a handsome fella. At some point during these photos we went to and swiftly left Mifa, which is a conference/market stall of some sort. The Russian animation stands had a wall completely impaled by pencils, bless them. 

I hope I can go to the Russian animation festival next year. 
I hope I can go to as many animation festivals around Europe as possible next year. 

Colin Colin Colin.

The park led straight into the lake, with a ledge between the two instead of having sand like at the beach. I can't really process that, but it now makes way more sense when I see people tanning at the park in Australia I guess.

The grass in Europe is so soft. I ran around on it without fearing for the terror of bindis or blades of steel cutting my foot in half like I am in Australia. So soft.
I'm going to do so much sitting at parks next year.

I've started to look into the university application for Zurich and it's so very, very confusing. My German is really the opposite of top notch, so that really doesn't help. I have pretty much everything I need, except fingers crossed for the things I may have lost thanks to moving around every 6 months for the past three years. 
Has it really been three years? Life is moving very fast right now. 

I went to Lazy Bones again last night, and it was incredible. Probably fixed up the mini marathon of sad days I've been having for the past few (which is the reason why this post was definitely not going to be possible on Thursday). Better late than never. 
I did some angry sad drawings two nights ago that I might upload later in the week. 

I'll try and upload more often next week, but you know how I am with schedules. Next time I'll be able to post might be Monday or Tuesday. But you never know. 
I never ended up getting a call back from the possible job place. Next semester will be weird and empty since I'll only have two subjects a week, so hopefully I either find a job or make a short film. 

Invest smart in people, 

08 July, 2014

Diannie; Arrival


I don't know how many times I've said this, or if I've said it at all, but I'll probably never fly Air China again if I can help it. Even if it's only just to avoid the thousands of babies. 
Many photos of Karonis were just too dark to turn out. I was so tired in transit I just couldn't bear to use flash. 

The first thing I noticed about Europe was the mountains. 

It's very telling that the first thing we did when we arrived was accidentally find our tutor and all congregate at the pub. 

I don't think I took any photos on the first day at all, because I went to see quite a few screenings (as you should at a film festival). The first thing we did in the morning of the second day was go paddle-boating, which we ended up doing many times.
Old town is filled with tall buildings with flowers hanging out and many dogs. Many many dogs. Old town had more dogs than children. 

I've finally, finally gotten all my photos back the way I like them printed. I'll be posting by the roll, and I changed rolls in the middle of the lake while surrounded by water and sunshine, so the rest of the paddle-boat photos will be posted on Thursday.
I did plenty of double exposures because my winding thing on my poor camera kept getting stuck. I have a suspicion that it started happening when I was too inebriated and fell on my face and perhaps something happened to it. Who knows? Battle scars, battle scars.
Every morning we went to Monoprix and bought supplies for the next few hours, went somewhere, feasted, considered the possibility of watching some screenings, did that, and then ate more. Then came the pub and a night of fun.
I've had a very good impression of Annecy so far. Maybe next year will be as good if I can convince friends to come with me.

I have been meaning to buy toilet paper for the past two weeks, and every time I have been grocery shopping I have forgotten. I'm on my last half roll, wish me luck. Adult life.
The girl at my post office recognised me today and called me "stylish". I am successful at life. Everything is good today.

Too much,