Hello everyone. I apologize for the relative lack of updates while I’m here in La Rochelle. I’m basically limited to a few times during the day for internet access. Now then, for some updates.
I’m really not worrying very much about the class aspect of the trip anymore. It’s all happened so much better than anything I could have hoped for. While I knew that French was a passion of mine before the trip started, I now know that it’s also a talent, and a powerful one at that.
We’ve basically been lounging on the beach a lot and doing homework for the past two and a half weeks. We did, however, go to Chenonceau and Amboise on Saturday. These castles in the Loire river valley are amazing to see. I did a scavenger hurt on Ile de Re with my French professor’s young son last Monday. He helped us find the things we were looking for, and it was great interacting with a French child.
Let me be honest, this trip is the coolest thing that I’ve ever done in my entire life. The people that are here with me are absolutely amazing, and we’re like a family. My French host family is wonderful as well. I cannot imagine how it’s going to feel coming home after all the spectacular things that have happened in the last month, and I still have a whole week and a half of memories yet to make. These sentiments are a far cry from how I felt at the beginning of the trip.
To top off all the great things that have happened, I’m also dating one of my friends from Minnesota. She’s great. 🙂