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Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers October 18th 2008

Went to the Cointreau factory today with Ita, Lydia, Maury, Dan, Lee, Annie, Vanessa, and Hannah! I had been wanting to go back to it since we have been here so I finally just booked a reservation and told everyone that we were going! It was a great success! The tour is really detailed and the factory is nice and smells like orange everywhere! The best part was at the end when we got to do the tastings. Its in a nice modern room and we tried the shot warm, cold, and with lime. I preferred it with ice and lime. THEN we got to make cointreaupolitians! And ohh did we make them. We went through our two bottles between the 9 of us and then decided it would be a smart idea to take the ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers October 17th 2008

My sister’s birthday! She is 20 today…WHOA. So old. I had two classes today. I LOVE my 1030 class, there is only 5 of them and we get to talk so much! I am really going to get to know them and they all get so many more chances to talk. We did a “Becoming American” exercise where I asked them to imagine being an American. Their answers are so funny…they choose such typical American names, say they will eat at McDonalds, and of courses they are all rich and live in Los Angeles or New York! My afternoon class was not good at first. It was all girls, 8 of them. Eight 18 year old girls and me. Not a good combination. For some reason, my girl students are very standoffish at first and enjoy ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers October 16th 2008

I only ended up having 2 classes today, even though normally I will have 5 hours of classes on Thursdays. One of my classes does not start until after vacation though. I haven’t minded not working all my hours yet…..but soon I will be haha. Classes went good. I had a new group of students, about 17 of them, who are my age. I was afraid at first, very afraid. There is a program that is like university except the students take some of their classes at the high school. So voila, I am teaching students who are around my age, and a few that are older. They were GREAT though. Mature, and listened the entire time. They are advanced at English, so it made completing exercises with them really enjoyable and interesting. I am starting ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers October 13th 2008

Ryan and my anniversary today! 4 years. I miss him more than ever today, of course. Only 2 months and 9 days until I see him again So this work week I will actually work more than like 4 hours like I did last week. Let me try to explain for how the schedule is set up. I work a total of 12 hours per week, but I have around 16/17 classes that I teach, I am still not really sure! The reason it is so many is because many of the classes come only once every two weeks. It makes lesson planning easy for me so far though. For every class I have taught so far, I just give a presentation about myself and a little about America, and then have them ask whatever questions ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers October 9th 2008

Last night I went over to Maury’s apartment in centre ville which is right in between the bars called L’abbaye and James Joyce. It’s a perfect location! We were drinking some wine and then Annie and Hannah came over and joined us. We then met up with Lydia and Marty, and some new girls we met last night, Katherine, and Laura who was from Seattle. Our goal for the night was to try out some different bars since we always find ourselves back at Falstaff, which we love so much. We went to the Inish Moore which is down the road from Falstaff. I used to go to that bar often when I was in Angers last year. Nobody was really there but we still had a good time. I got a cider and we played ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers October 8th 2008

These past couple weeks have been amazing. Today is exactly two weeks in France. A lot has happened since then. I feel like I have known my friends here forever and already don’t know what I would do without them! I started teaching on Monday. I had two classes Monday, where the professor was present and the students all asked me questions about myself. The students in these classes were about 16 and 17 years old, like Junior in high school. I was really intimidated and nervous before I began, but the students are really interested and actually very nice and respectful, at least for now. Let’s hope it stays like this. But anyways, in the two different classes I just talked about myself a lot while they asked me questions about my life, such as ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers October 5th 2008

Okay, its been about a week and a half in france. A lot has happened in the past week! I actually have some friends now, lots of them, from everywhere. Assistants from Australia, United States, England, Ireland, Jamaica, and Spain! And of course lots of French people. However the first couple of days I knew nobody except my roommate, Eva, and since we both can’t speak French perfectly, there is a limited amount of things that we can say to each other. Im really glad she doesn’t speak English though, living with two other people and always speaking French has already improved my language a lot. ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers September 27th 2008

fun facts about my stay in france and things i enjoy saying - 10. the number of mcDonalds passed en route to our hotel in paris - 12. the number of wines sampled at the degastation in Saumur - 1. 1 angry russian - 24. in the last 24 hours hours i have graduated university, moved to yet another new country, and said goodbye to some really great friends. - 3. the number of 'satisfaction overloads' experienced on the first day of the paris trip - 4. the number of Dali museums visited in Belgium and France - 1. 1 sacred grotto and bishop encounter - 30. i have lived off a diet of tomatoes and bread for 30 days. - 7. the number of countries left to visit before noel - 1month. my new cousin ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers September 24th 2008

I’m writing this while in France ! Finally got here after a long day of traveling. I left at 1:30 from Boston Logan Airport. Had an hour long flight to Philadelphia, then a three hour layover in Philly. For the first half of it, I watched Sex & the City movie on my laptop, and then when it was about an hour before the flight I kept meeting other assistants who are doing the same program as me, that were on my flight! I was talking to five other girls, all whom were from different parts of the country, and doing the program in all different parts of France. Such a small world! But, it gets better. My boarding number was called before the others so I went to get in line and saw a girl ... read more

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire » Angers September 7th 2008

Sadly because of our delayed travel the day before, we missed exploring Angers and its Apocalypse tapestries. But that's ok, much beauty and culture and old things await us! We had a pleasant cycle through countryside on small roads with little traffic with road markings for cycles even in the smallest of towns. Since it was Sunday only some bakeries seemed to be open. Pain aux raisins, or croissant aux amandes? Both silly! We got into the habit of second breakfasts. Why eat a cardboard energy bar when you can enjoy a buttery pain au chocolat? Outside of Couture we found a privately owned troglodyte, or cave dwelling, and then vowed to find a museum in a cave so we could go inside one. We found an expensive restaurant deep inside the Cave de Moines, and ... read more
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