Amy Randall


Amy Randall

I am in Thionville, France. It is a city of about 45,000 inhabitants (ooo big word!) and is located in the Moselle region (northeast France) which is near Luxembourg and Germany! I have had three host families. I have seen so many wonderous people, places and things so far. If one couldn't guess, I am very happy to be given this opportunity. If all goes well, I will be back in the States in the middle of July! I want to thank my mother, who I hope will check this every day even if I don't post it every day. I love you all and I hope you can feel the joy of France through me! That sounds lame, but it probably would sound better with background music... 😱

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Trier April 15th 2010

In March, school started again, and the next vacation shall be in April. In March we met again as a Rotary district and I did some advertising for being an exchange student. I participated in the INSANE festival of Père cent and was pretty much occupied every weekend, as usual. Père Cent is a "festival" for the terminals (seniors) and it is traditionally 100 days before the BAC. The BAC, as I may have mentioned before, is like the ACT/SAT on steroids. It is everything they have EVER learned, and it is a whole weeks worth of testing. At the end of JUNE of all times. In the states, we finish school the first week of June, everyone, no exceptions, seniors included. Most juniors and seniors here dont get out until the first week in July! ... read more
On the streets
Me and Mélo

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona February 1st 2010

Bonjour tout le monde!!! Hello everyone!!! This is my blog for both January AND Febuary! Enjoy! January was a hectic month. One of my best friends went back to Australia, we started school again, Rotary had another reunion AND I changed families. School here reminds me why I hate(d) high school. Here, they work as hard as we do in the Universities, but they get 2 weeks of vacation every 6-7 weeks. A nice plus To start the month: Laura went to the hospital. At the New Years party, she was pushed by another exchange student and he fell on top of her. She scraped her knees really badly and sprained her left knee, but waited another two days before she complained about it. Her host family waited with her in the ER for 5 hours. ... read more
Nicholas D. Worsnop
The walk home
St. Dié des Vosges

Europe » France » Lorraine » Thionville January 1st 2010

Well, this is going to (or attempt to) encompass everything in the month of Décembre. I am not sure I will succeed, but I will try! OKAY The first Monday in Déc. I had a Rotary meeting and it was pretty cool. At every meeting the give information about something, and this meeting had a presentation about the island of St. Martin. It wasnt as long as the first meeting, but it was informative. I exchanged flags with the president of my club Mme Marie-Noël Mariatte. That was the first flag exchange I have done while in France, and I highly doubt I will do another, but one never really knows. The dinner afterwards was excellent as well. :) In my region, there are many traditions that come from Germany. One such tradition is called the ... read more
Marchée de Noël - Thionville
la Bière

Europe » France » Lorraine » Thionville November 21st 2009

All Saints Day was an experience and a half. We went to my host aunt's house and had a huuuuuge lunch/brunch there. It was not only the feast of All Saints, but the birthday of my host aunt. My host uncle had me try 3 different kinds of wine and say which one was my favorite. I preferred the red wine :). We ate so much food, but no, there was no cake or loud singing. We did give presents, however, and my present was a box of Jelly Bellies, which is my all-time favorite candy. I also realized that they only sell it in the US. My host aunt was very happy :) I went to an IKEA factory with my bestest exchange friend Laura and we passed a wonderful day there. She wanted to ... read more

Europe » France » Lorraine » Thionville November 4th 2009

I think I shall start with Strasbourg. Strasbourg is the city furthest to the east in France. Directly east of it is Germany. There is a lot of German influence in Strasbourg because of this reason. Some of the oldest houses in France can be found here, and many of them are traditionally German. I did not go with my host family, but rather, some friends of the family. They were very nice, and we spent the day touring the city with their son Pierre, who goes to the university there. The most beautiful thing I saw was the Cathedral de Strasbourg. It is an immense cathedral that is one of the highest points in the city, and has been for over 1000 years! If anyone might recall, Prez Obama was in Strasbourg. Oh yeah, thats ... read more
Downtown Strasbourg
Dinner Before Departure
Le Gare SNCF

Europe » France » Lorraine » Thionville October 5th 2009

On the 2nd of October, my host family took me to Metz, the capital of my region for la nuit blanche or "white night". In French, a "white night" means that you don't sleep at all, or you had a bad night's sleep. This however, was very different. Every year about this time, Metz holds this festival. It is called la nuit blanche because it lasts from 6:30pm on Oct. 2, to 9:00am the next morning! There are exhibits, bands, art shows, music and dancing in the streets. All to celebrate the beauty of art both old and new. There were some pretty strange things there, but it was all very well organized. There were certain areas for everything, and each area had a giant spotlight shooting into the sky to let everyone know that there ... read more
The Oldest House
The Church of Langres

Europe » France » Lorraine » Thionville September 26th 2009

The festival of Schueberfouer is held once a year in the city of Luxembourg in the country of Luxembourg. This huge celebration is basically a giant carnival. I went on the last day with my host parents. There were lots of rides and games and food! I had some pretty initresting eats while I walked with my host parents. We didnt go on any rides, but we did walk around the area for quite a while. I learned that the Schueberfouer is a festival so that everyone who lives in Luxembourg can get together for one day of the year in the same city. I dont really understand it because it is such a small country, but that's the general idea! For future reference, it is pronounced: Shoo-ber-fwhere. The same day as the Shuberfouer, but a ... read more
Three Americans!

Europe » France » Lorraine » Thionville August 27th 2009

Well I got here!! The flight was rather insignificant, although extremely long, and I didnt sleep. I arrived in the airport and my host family was there waving an american flag. Great fun! :) The president of the rotary told me that I would be having our first meeting on the 13th. My parents brought me to my new house and they were impressed that I understood any French at all! That first day, my host parents let me unpack and get myself organized before we took une petite tour of the city. We went to a lookout area that had a wonderful view of the city of Florange, which is the actual name of the city in which I now inhabit. I was VERY tired the first day and so when we got back to ... read more
Oh, Look at the Time...

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 9th 2009

My trip to the Colorado Rockies began on Thursday, August 6th. We got into Denver about 11:30 pm. It was rediculous. My mom picked the rental car. A Kia Spectra. Now she wants to buy the car. :S The first day (Friday) I got up "early". My spirit was quickly dampened because I realized that Mountain Time is one hour behind what I have been living in. So, Central Time, I woke up about 8:00. On Friday, we took a tram up to the top of one of the mountains. We being my mother and I. We stayed with my grandparents at their time share house. It was amazingly awesome. Mom bought lunch. Grandpa bought dinner. Amy climbed the mountain in the back yard. My mother and I went shopping for most of the day on ... read more
Mount Olympus
For Ian

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Rice Lake August 3rd 2009

Right now I'm still sitting in my hometown, but not for long! I have my visa and all the documents I need to get ready for the next 11 months abroad!! I am nervous to leave all of my friends, but they'll be here when I get back, so no worries!! Soon, I hope to have a huge party with everyone, so I can say goodbye one last time before they all leave for college. They are leaving before I am!! I will miss Wisconsin and all its gloriousness, no matter what people say about living in a small town! I love the season changes and WINTER the most. I am very glad that I could have this opportunity, and I feel very blessed that I have friends and family that are willing to stand beside ... read more

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