Haley Marie Archer

Haley Marie

Haley Marie Archer

Just keeping track of everything I do and see while studying in Angers (France) for the Spring Semester of 2009. 😊

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers June 15th 2009

So I've started my last week in France before I go back to the States, and I must admit that I am not at all excited. Sure, the US is a fine country with lots of really cool places and landscapes. But I have never in my life felt so at home as I have this semester in Angers. At one point during the semester, I had set my mind on staying in France...going to school here and starting my life "over" à la française. However, considering I am leaving this country Saturday morning, I obviously had a change of plans. And frankly, I'm not exactly content with my decision. I think that either way, I will learn a wealth of information and will experience an abundance of new things. It's just that I'm truly happy ... read more
Wall surrounding the old Le Mans
Lots and lots of stairs!
Cathedral (Le Mans)

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers June 9th 2009

Hello! So the semester has ended, people have gone back to their respective countries and alas the world continues to turn. Most people went back home this past weekend… it was so sad to see my really good friends off at the train station Saturday and Sunday. Needless to say, tears were shed. The last few weeks of school were absolutely amazing. The weather was gorgeous. Flowers were in full bloom (and Angers is not at all lacking in the flower department!). And exams were just around the corner. My exams, though assez difficult, seemed to have gone well. So I’m super excited about that. And my defense of the paper I wrote during the semester went incredibly well. I was so surprised. As I was waiting to be called into the room, I seriously thought ... read more
Cimetiere de l'Est
Cimetiere de l'Est
Cimetiere de l'Est

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers May 22nd 2009

Ok, so my last two posts have had NO vocabulary words/expressions. My apologies! So this post is nothing but a few phrases in informal French. Enjoy! =) 1) le pieu - bed « Demain je reste au pieu jusqu’à midi » = Tomorrow I’m staying in bed until noon. 2) Ne pas avoir un radis - to have no more money « Je n’ai plus un radis » = I don’t have any more money. 3) Être rond(e) - to be drunk « Il est complètement rond » = He is completely drunk. 4) Une tarte - a slap « Toi, si tu continues, tu vas recevoir une tarte ! » = If you keep on, you’re going to get slapped ! 5) Cinoche - movie theater « Si on allait au cinoche ? » How ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers May 18th 2009

Hello friends! I hope you’re doing well and that you’re enjoying this late spring weather. I surely am…as I am not a fan of the dead of summer in the South. Too hot for me. So, last week I turned in my mémoire (a really important paper), which made me so incredibly happy. Though I was not a fan of the mémoire during the semester, I was so proud of it when I finished. And I think I did a really good job on it. The first week of June (exam week) we will have la soutenance, which is when we will have to defend our mémoire in front of a jury of 3 professors. Gross…I’m not looking forward to that one. But I think once it is over, I will appreciate having done it. It’s ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers May 2nd 2009

So, it’s been a while. My bad! We had a two week vacation, of which I took advantage to see my family and some friends that I hadn’t seen if far too long. And quite honestly…I took about a week and a half hiatus of all things school related. I needed a break. Badly. The first week back to school was, however, amazing. I was so glad to see my friends here in Angers and to be able to occupy my mind with school. I don’t know what it is about being a student, but I just love it. If I could get paid to be a student for the rest of my life, I honestly would. I guess I just love learning ;-) Which is a good thing, I suppose. Because I’m a long way ... read more

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Caen March 29th 2009

Hello everyone! I hope all is well and that your semester is not too hectic. I’m doing amazingly. This coming week is our last week of classes before our two weeks off, so my professors decided it’d be a good idea to give me a test in every class but one next week. Not cool. But I’m nonetheless loving every moment here :) Every Saturday afternoon in March, I’ve had an Intercultural Workshop that I chose to participate in. It was lots of fun, and the differences between certain cultures were really interesting… things I had never really thought twice about were problems for students from other countries. Vice versa. Anyway, each Saturday we worked on a couple of skits that showed these differences, and this past Wednesday we acted them out…for the public. Oh joy. ... read more
A poster in the museum
Wedding Dress
Entrance to the American Cemetery

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers March 18th 2009

So, spring is quickly approaching: flowers are blooming, the temperature is rising and spring break is a mere two weeks from grasp. Couldn't be happier! A lot has happened these past two weeks, though not all of it is really "blog worthy"... more so just the day-to-day wonderful experiences in France. So, here are the highlights: School has been going really well. I've had SOOOOO many tests the past two weeks, and I have a few tomorrow and Friday. But after that, I have a break from the exams for at least one week, so that's nice. Woa...I just thought about something... I don't think I ever told you which classes I'm taking. Well, here they are: Langue, Histoire de l'art, Grammaire, Français familier, Littérature, Mémoire and Étude Socioculturelle. Needless to say, I manage to stay ... read more
Nicolas and I
Asian Yummy Goodness!
Hello, America. Meet France!

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris March 1st 2009

I think that in just a few short days, I will have been in Angers for exactly one month. I must say that I feel as though I have just arrived. I am completely discombobulated by how quickly time passes. In a way, I wish time would just freeze so that I could stay here forever. Yet on the other hand, I have lots of dreams to go after... so I inevitably want to embrace the progression of time... Hmm... weird... Well, last weekend I did my usually market trip/promenade through town on Saturday. And Sunday I did some work, read part of a novel I'm working on, and walked around town. However, to make my rather normal weekend absolutely exceptional, I was able to talk to Sra. McClam Sunday evening. That instantaneously made me one ... read more
Sleepy lady
Paris Museum of Modern Art
Eiffel Tower

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers February 21st 2009

Well, I think this is week three that is drawing itself to a close this weekend. It's kind of sad...that's it's passing by so quickly. This week was definitely a "study week." In other words, not much playing around outside of school. That is, of course, attributable to the fact that I had a lot of homework, but more so to the fact that I wasn't feeling too well this week. Always tired (though couldn't sleep well at night) and always felt nausiated. Translation: not fun. This past Sunday I finally did my laundry. For had I not, I'm afraid I would have been...well...not very well covered near the end of the week! And it's cold here, so that was just simply not an option. Anyways, as I was doing my laundry next door to the ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers February 13th 2009

So it's been exactly one week since I've last written, and so much has happened! Last Saturday, Amber and I went to the outdoor market just down the the street. It's held every Saturday morning in the same place, and locals bring everything from funky smelling cheeses to antique livres. It's really cool. I was so mad that I didn't take my camera...the colors, textures, and shapes were incredible. Except for the meat and seafood section...gross!... Anyway, rest assured I will go back tomorrow. And yes, with my camera. On Sundays, very few places are open. Even the vast majority of tabacs are closed...which are like the center of French communities! Ok...maybe that's a bit exaggerated...but not too terribly much! However, you can find a few random cafes that are still open, along with unexpected things ... read more

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