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Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night can stay these Bordelaises about their fashion.

Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night can stay these Bordelaises about their fashion.

I’m starting to notice that there is no correlation between Bordelais fashion and climate. Remember that photo from swelter-y August when I first arrived? Apparently I missed the memo informing of the local uniform, as the skinny jeans and sockless ballet flats are still in evidence as the temperature approaches freezing. Perhaps it’s the steady diet of wine, coffee and cigarettes which has some impact of internal body temperature regulation? Whatever it is, I’m definitely doing it wrong.

Here I am, rocking my three sweaters layered on top of each other (I rotate the one on the outside each day so it’s not obvious I only have the three), plus my fall jacket because I stubbornly refuse to buy a new jacket better suited to the wind and rain.  I tried, really, I did. There are massive sales on in Bordeaux right now, but after the week of wine-econometrics, I can’t help but see even lowered pricing as a clever ploy to pry every last consumer dollar out of my pocket. There were options, of course; I could have purchased a raincoat for €30, but I didn’t love it, you know?

Things are moving on the housing front. I’ve located a one-bedroom apartment, and there is enough paperwork in play now to make me think that a rental contract is not too far away. All being well, moving date should be in two weeks. Fingers continue to be crossed. Read More