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Last week, as it was my last week in Rochefort working at Pierre Loti Collège, some kids, mostly the younger ones showed that they were sad to see me go. I could tell that they really have enjoyed my weekly visits in their class. There were two classes specifically that did something nice for me. They were both the sixièmes, so they are 11&12 years old. In one class, some students gave me candy and somebody started a little going away card that all the ...
... The location of Rochefort was ideal because of its location. It is inland a bit, but there is still access to it by the Charente river. At the mouth of the river, there are a few different islands that also aided in protecting it. La Corderie Royal (Royal Rope Factory) was a symbol that "France was fighting back against the naval power of the English".
In about the middle of our visit, a museum employee gathered everybody up to come back ...
... to a replica they could
make) but they didn’t have the same plans that were used in the 1700’s, they had
a couple of drawings and sketches to follow and they rebuilt the hull by
following templates to a scale of 1. They also wanted to keep the ship
historically accurate as they rebuilt it, but of course had to follow modern
day regulations. The ship was also built using the traditional building
... will be going out for Chinese/Asian food next time we do something.
On top of those two “events” to look forward to, my teacher in Courcon has an old assistant coming back from Australia to visit next week and she said she’d invite me over for a visit. As well as another teacher inviting me over to her house the Wednesday evening before our vacation in February, then I will go to school with her the Thursday morning.
I hope I ...
... and it ended up arriving 40 minutes early because of an unexpected tail wind apparently. So it seemed pretty short. Bonus! I was super happy to get a ride back to Rochefort from a fellow teacher who was in Paris for the second week of the break as well. That was a double bonus and I’m very thankful. So it only cost 35 euros instead of 100 and some odd euros (the prices of the trains were abnormally high) and I had some good company.