Monthly Archives: March 2017

137 - Next Day Delivery Please! - Slow

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Online shopping is becoming more and more popular in Reunion Island. With a number of apps and websites, you can sit on the sofa and at the push of a button you’ve just ordered online and it should be delivered in a few weeks. I say should, but this is not quite the reality.

The post office is apparently drowning in the number of parcels they are receiving and therefore the delivery is not always guaranteed within a few weeks. I recently decided to test online shopping in Reunion Island and it is something, which I won’t do again for a while. 

People often ask if there is anything I miss about not living in England and in the past there was nothing…until now. I used to regularly shop online in the UK out of convenience and more often than not I received the item the next day. In the UK you are able to order online and have next day delivery often for free. With some companies you can now shop until midnight and still have next day delivery! I realise now that I miss next day delivery!

I am not expecting next day delivery to the middle of the Indian Ocean but usually there is no delivery possible. For many reasons, many products cannot be delivered to Reunion Island, which is a real shame. I miss being able to have a huge range of products at competitive prices. We often have to wait weeks or even months for the new products to be available to purchase on the island.

My phone case recently broke and I decided to try and order online. I made my purchase and paid and waited, and waited. After a staggering 8 weeks the parcel finally arrived, I had actually forgot that I ordered it! The product looked nothing like the photo and didn’t even fit my phone. Rather than send the product back, I decided to cut my losses and learn my lesson.

I tried online shopping in Reunion Island and it wasn’t for me. I like the thrill of ordering and receiving the product in a short amount of time. From now on, I think I will stick to the “shopping malls” in Reunion Island to buy my products. 

Vocabulary

push of a button = l’appui d’un bouton

to order online = commander en ligne

should = devrait

to deliver = livrer

not quite = pas forcément

 

to drown = se noyer

a few = quelques

for a while = pendant un moment

out of convenience = par commodité

more often than not = la plupart du temps

 

next day delivery = livraison le lendemain

to realise = se rendre compte

usually = d’habitude

a real shame = un vrai dommage

phone case = une coque

 

staggering = stupéfiant

to look like = ressembler

rather than = plutôt que de

to cut my losses = limiter les dégâts

thrill = un frisson

 

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137 - Next Day Delivery Please!

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Online shopping is becoming more and more popular in Reunion Island. With a number of apps and websites, you can sit on the sofa and at the push of a button you’ve just ordered online and it should be delivered in a few weeks. I say should, but this is not quite the reality.

The post office is apparently drowning in the number of parcels they are receiving and therefore the delivery is not always guaranteed within a few weeks. I recently decided to test online shopping in Reunion Island and it is something, which I won’t do again for a while. 

People often ask if there is anything I miss about not living in England and in the past there was nothing…until now. I used to regularly shop online in the UK out of convenience and more often than not I received the item the next day. In the UK you are able to order online and have next day delivery often for free. With some companies you can now shop until midnight and still have next day delivery! I realise now that I miss next day delivery!

I am not expecting next day delivery to the middle of the Indian Ocean but usually there is no delivery possible. For many reasons, many products cannot be delivered to Reunion Island, which is a real shame. I miss being able to have a huge range of products at competitive prices. We often have to wait weeks or even months for the new products to be available to purchase on the island.

My phone case recently broke and I decided to try and order online. I made my purchase and paid and waited, and waited. After a staggering 8 weeks the parcel finally arrived, I had actually forgot that I ordered it! The product looked nothing like the photo and didn’t even fit my phone. Rather than send the product back, I decided to cut my losses and learn my lesson.

I tried online shopping in Reunion Island and it wasn’t for me. I like the thrill of ordering and receiving the product in a short amount of time. From now on, I think I will stick to the “shopping malls” in Reunion Island to buy my products. 

Vocabulary

push of a button = l’appui d’un bouton

to order online = commander en ligne

should = devrait

to deliver = livrer

not quite = pas forcément

 

to drown = se noyer

a few = quelques

for a while = pendant un moment

out of convenience = par commodité

more often than not = la plupart du temps

 

next day delivery = livraison le lendemain

to realise = se rendre compte

usually = d’habitude

a real shame = un vrai dommage

phone case = une coque

 

staggering = stupéfiant

to look like = ressembler

rather than = plutôt que de

to cut my losses = limiter les dégâts

thrill = un frisson

 

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136 - Ice-Skating in Reunion - Vocabulary

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I’m going to share a secret with you, in my dreams I am a champion ice-skater.

Whenever I watch ice-skating on TV, I can hear and feel the blades cutting into the ice.   Intuitively, I can recognise the precise moment when the skater inclines his foot and changes from the outside to the inside edge of the blade.  As a child I skated regularly. Later in life there were few opportunities to skate and my boots were often out of sight, but never out of mind.

Before moving to Reunion, in July 2000, my husband diplomatically brought up the subject of my skates. “Sheila, what is the point of taking your skates to Reunion?  Tropical islands don’t have ice-rinks.”

Well, of course he was right. For nearly three years they lay at the back of the garage gathering dust, until one day, out of the blue, I noticed a poster in town. Wow! A former French Olympic Champion was coming to skate on a specially constructed outdoor rink in St Denis where I live!

Back home, I dug out my old, shabby skates and polished them, much to the amusement of my family. I was now a woman with a mission. I was going to skate in the tropics.

Several months later, I drove down to the venue. I hadn’t managed to get an invitation to skate even though I was a client of the main sponsor. Not surprisingly, the security guard at the gate wouldn’t let me in. Stubborn as ever, I decided to hang around outside.

There I was, standing at the entrance, skates flung over my shoulder, when a large car pulled up at the entrance. The driver was involved in the logistics for the ice-show. Staring at my skates in sheer disbelief, he stuck his head through the car window and listened to my story. With a ‘tranche papaye’ smile, as they say in creole, he told me to come back the following day. I was on cloud nine and rushed home to tell everyone the news.

I remember vividly the strange sensation of skating outdoors in light summer clothes, trying forgotten figures and a simple jump, only to fall on my bum and get soaking wet! With dripping clothes and a bruised ego, I got up determined to make the most of every second. In no time at all I was bone dry again and smiling.

Reunion Island had come out tops once more with this amazing one-off skating experience. 

Perhaps it wasn’t such a bad idea to bring my skates to Reunion after all.

Vocabulary

 

ice-skating = patinage sur glace

blades = lames

out of sight but never out of mind = loin des yeux mais jamais loin du cœur

to bring up the subject of = aborder un sujet

what is the point? = quel est l’intérêt?

 

dust = poussière

out of the blue = en sortant de nul part

outdoor rink = patinoire à l’extérieur

to dig out = ressortir, déterrer

shabby = usé, miteux

 

stubborn = têtu

to hang around = trainer

flung = jeté

to pull up = s’arrêter

I was on cloud nine = j’étais aux anges

 

to rush = se précipiter

bum = fesses

bone dry = complétement sec

to come out tops = arrive en tête

one-off = un cas unique

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136 - Ice-Skating in Reunion - Slow

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I’m going to share a secret with you, in my dreams I am a champion ice-skater.

Whenever I watch ice-skating on TV, I can hear and feel the blades cutting into the ice.   Intuitively, I can recognise the precise moment when the skater inclines his foot and changes from the outside to the inside edge of the blade.  As a child I skated regularly. Later in life there were few opportunities to skate and my boots were often out of sight, but never out of mind.

Before moving to Reunion, in July 2000, my husband diplomatically brought up the subject of my skates. “Sheila, what is the point of taking your skates to Reunion?  Tropical islands don’t have ice-rinks.”

Well, of course he was right. For nearly three years they lay at the back of the garage gathering dust, until one day, out of the blue, I noticed a poster in town. Wow! A former French Olympic Champion was coming to skate on a specially constructed outdoor rink in St Denis where I live!

Back home, I dug out my old, shabby skates and polished them, much to the amusement of my family. I was now a woman with a mission. I was going to skate in the tropics.

Several months later, I drove down to the venue. I hadn’t managed to get an invitation to skate even though I was a client of the main sponsor. Not surprisingly, the security guard at the gate wouldn’t let me in. Stubborn as ever, I decided to hang around outside.

There I was, standing at the entrance, skates flung over my shoulder, when a large car pulled up at the entrance. The driver was involved in the logistics for the ice-show. Staring at my skates in sheer disbelief, he stuck his head through the car window and listened to my story. With a ‘tranche papaye’ smile, as they say in creole, he told me to come back the following day. I was on cloud nine and rushed home to tell everyone the news.

I remember vividly the strange sensation of skating outdoors in light summer clothes, trying forgotten figures and a simple jump, only to fall on my bum and get soaking wet! With dripping clothes and a bruised ego, I got up determined to make the most of every second. In no time at all I was bone dry again and smiling.

Reunion Island had come out tops once more with this amazing one-off skating experience. 

Perhaps it wasn’t such a bad idea to bring my skates to Reunion after all.

Vocabulary

 

ice-skating = patinage sur glace

blades = lames

out of sight but never out of mind = loin des yeux mais jamais loin du cœur

to bring up the subject of = aborder un sujet

what is the point? = quel est l’intérêt?

 

dust = poussière

out of the blue = en sortant de nul part

outdoor rink = patinoire à l’extérieur

to dig out = ressortir, déterrer

shabby = usé, miteux

 

stubborn = têtu

to hang around = trainer

flung = jeté

to pull up = s’arrêter

I was on cloud nine = j’étais aux anges

 

to rush = se précipiter

bum = fesses

bone dry = complétement sec

to come out tops = arrive en tête

one-off = un cas unique

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136 - Ice-Skating in Reunion

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I’m going to share a secret with you, in my dreams I am a champion ice-skater.

Whenever I watch ice-skating on TV, I can hear and feel the blades cutting into the ice.   Intuitively, I can recognise the precise moment when the skater inclines his foot and changes from the outside to the inside edge of the blade.  As a child I skated regularly. Later in life there were few opportunities to skate and my boots were often out of sight, but never out of mind.

Before moving to Reunion, in July 2000, my husband diplomatically brought up the subject of my skates. “Sheila, what is the point of taking your skates to Reunion?  Tropical islands don’t have ice-rinks.”

Well, of course he was right. For nearly three years they lay at the back of the garage gathering dust, until one day, out of the blue, I noticed a poster in town. Wow! A former French Olympic Champion was coming to skate on a specially constructed outdoor rink in St Denis where I live!

Back home, I dug out my old, shabby skates and polished them, much to the amusement of my family. I was now a woman with a mission. I was going to skate in the tropics.

Several months later, I drove down to the venue. I hadn’t managed to get an invitation to skate even though I was a client of the main sponsor. Not surprisingly, the security guard at the gate wouldn’t let me in. Stubborn as ever, I decided to hang around outside.

There I was, standing at the entrance, skates flung over my shoulder, when a large car pulled up at the entrance. The driver was involved in the logistics for the ice-show. Staring at my skates in sheer disbelief, he stuck his head through the car window and listened to my story. With a ‘tranche papaye’ smile, as they say in creole, he told me to come back the following day. I was on cloud nine and rushed home to tell everyone the news.

I remember vividly the strange sensation of skating outdoors in light summer clothes, trying forgotten figures and a simple jump, only to fall on my bum and get soaking wet! With dripping clothes and a bruised ego, I got up determined to make the most of every second. In no time at all I was bone dry again and smiling.

Reunion Island had come out tops once more with this amazing one-off skating experience. 

Perhaps it wasn’t such a bad idea to bring my skates to Reunion after all.

Vocabulary

 

ice-skating = patinage sur glace

blades = lames

out of sight but never out of mind = loin des yeux mais jamais loin du cœur

to bring up the subject of = aborder un sujet

what is the point? = quel est l’intérêt?

 

dust = poussière

out of the blue = en sortant de nul part

outdoor rink = patinoire à l’extérieur

to dig out = ressortir, déterrer

shabby = usé, miteux

 

stubborn = têtu

to hang around = trainer

flung = jeté

to pull up = s’arrêter

I was on cloud nine = j’étais aux anges

 

to rush = se précipiter

bum = fesses

bone dry = complétement sec

to come out tops = arrive en tête

one-off = un cas unique

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