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Balades ep. 2, Quiz 16: je suis en vacances

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    22 seconds, 49 words
    , '.Biip,biip,biip.. ? ' ? ,, '., ' ? ' '.
    , '.Biip,biip,biip.sursaute. ? ' ? ,, '., ' ? 'essaye 'avaisposée.
    Finalement, m'endorsaussi.Biip,biip,biip.sursaute.alarme ? 'réveil ? impossible,envacances, 'apportéréveil.Maisalors, ' ? J'essayetrouverlampepocheque j'avaisposéetabledenuit.

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    I’m on vacation

    My friends and family think I’m on a constant vacation. It might seem like that, we’ve been traveling and I’ve been working from the road on a couple of things. But yes, travel is our life, it’s not vacation per se. Not like Isabelle’s here. No treehouses, but there are the occassional pools and down time.

    But it never feels like there’s much downtime. Yesterday in class, we were asked, what do you do in your leisure time. I’m like, huh? Clean the house?

    I don’t like saying that “I’m busy”. The response that I used to hear when I worked fulltime in an office. My colleagues were busy, my clients were busy, I was busy. Just busy. I’m not busy now, but days are definitely full. Is that any different?

    It’s not that bad of course. I enjoy what I do and I get to spend time with my family, so what’s not to love.

    Have you taken a vacation? When are you off to a Francophone country again? I hope we can be back sooner than later.

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    Finalement, je m’endors aussi.

    Biip, biip, biip.

    Je sursaute. Une alarme ? C’est mon réveil ?

    Non impossible, je suis en vacances, je n’ai pas apporté mon réveil.

    Mais alors, c’est quoi ? J’essaye de trouver la lampe de poche que j’avais posée sur la petite table de nuit.

    Finally, I fall asleep too.

    Beep, beep, beep.

    I am startled. An alarm? Is it my alarm clock?

    No, it can’t be, I’m on vacation, I didn’t bring my alarm clock.

    But then, what is it? I try to find the flashlight that I had put on the small night table.

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    Je sursaute

    J’essaye

    j’avais posée

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