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Published: March 25th 2009
So many things have been happening, and my time is passing so fast. It is happy and sad that is happening. It is good because I've been a little homesick, but it is bad because I've been making so many new friends and experiencing so many new things of which I wish to continue.
As you should already know, I adore my new family. CC pays for me to have breakfast and dinner with them Monday through Friday. However, my house mother insists that I have breakfast with them on Saturday and Sunday as well. :D She is such an amazing cook. When I first arrived, she told me that if I wanted to have lunch or dinner with them on Saturday and/or Sunday just to tell her. Well it is more of a, tell me when you aren't going to eat with us, because she will prepare something for me nonetheless. This past Sunday we had something that is very similar to my mother's beef stew, and it comforted me so much. There was veal, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, and this other vegetable called poireau (It translates to leek, but since I've never had leeks before I wouldn't
Maine et Loire
This the point of which the two rivers meet.
know.). Amazing! So Saturdays are rather variable, but in general all Sundays are the same. I go to mass with my family, and then we come back for lunch. After lunch we always go on a Sunday drive. I learned in my Social-Culture class that not all French drink wine with all of their meals unless they are a little more elevated in society. Well, let’s just put it this way, I think my family has a little bit of money. The "lunch" begins with an aperitif, then the vegetable/appetizer, main plate, cheese, and dessert. After that we jump in the car and my tipsy giddy house father takes us to n'importe où (wherever). The first Sunday he decided to take me to see where the Loire and the Maine meet. He then took us to this small town called Bethuard. It is actually an island, and he explained that over the years there have been crux (floods) of the island. They usually happen during the winter because the ice melts and swells the river. This is why there are few residents of the island during the winter; therefore, the best time to go. The Sunday after that we went
This shows the different flood levels over the years.
to a type of botanical garden, and this Sunday we went to see a waterwheel. The waterwheel disappeared, but we stopped at a chateaux and passed by another. The best thing about the Sunday drives is that there is always a certain degree of confusion in the car. Where is it that we are going? What are we doing there? Are we lost? Do you want to stop?... so many questions, and so few answers.
Rugby, Rugby, Rugby, Yippee!
Rugby, Rugby, Rugby, Yippee!
I'm working on planning my Easter vaction. We have two school weeks off. I have been learning absolutely so much. It also makes me happy that people compliment me on my French quite often. That could be a good or a bad thing. :DYou may not know, but its Ruby season. I went to watch a match last Saturday, and it was awesome. France won! Woot coqs! I really don't understand the game, but as much as I can glean is that it is a mix between soccer (football) and American football. It is very interesting and intense. I've been meeting so many new friends, and one of my new friends Isabelle had a birthday party
L'eglise de Beuard
Every village has its church.
on Friday. I went there, and took a friend of mine who also knows Isabelle. It was such a cute party. I don't know if it is culture here or not, but all of her friends got together and bought her a few gifts and gave them to her as one present. I, on the other hand, bought her a bracelet from one of my favorite jewelry shops. She absolutely adored it. I think that we may be going for a pic-nic this weekend. Yippee!
Organizations and School
Organizations and School
My classes have been going well. I haven't really had that much work to do, and my tests only started last week. I guess that I'm just lucky. I've had four tests so far, literature, social-culture, expression orale, and comprehension orale. There are also a few organizations that students can take part in. I chose to be part of the VVV (Veni Vidi Vici). This is an organization that links the American students from the CIDEF with the French students of the ESEO. We share our languages with each other. Depending on what your group decides you can speak English for a part of it and then French for a part of it or switch back and forth. There is also another "grouping" on campus called Mardi Cafe. Each Tuesday students meet a specified place to talk and share their experiences. There are so many different nationalities here in Angers that it is easy to see the world in one Tuesday night. I'm lucky because my classes end at lunch on Tuesday and begin at 2:30 PM on Wednesday.
I'm working on planning my Easter vacation. We have two school weeks off. I have been learning absolutely so much. It also makes me happy that people compliment me on my French quite often. That could be a good or a bad thing. :D
Encore, mes mots/expressions viennent d’une livre d’Anna Gavalda.
1. Le crissement : (nm) le bruit des pneus sur le sol quand une voiture part très vite
2. « dans une abime de réflexion » : perdu dans ses pensées
3. La caisse : (nf, arg) la voiture - la caisse de bourge est la voiture de bourgeois ou une belle auto
4. « Se marrer comme des baleines » : (fam) rire beaucoup
5. Ca craint : (arg) c’est nul
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