A week in the life of Jay Arthur Rank Jr.
Trip Start Jan 25, 2010
18Trip End Jun 09, 2010
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Let's see-- what happened this week exactly? Well, classes of course. They are going smoothly so far. I enjoy most of my classes, the exception being grammar. Not because of the professor, just because it is boring. I mean, people say you either love grammar or you hate grammar, but I disagree. I have a platonic relationship with grammar. We are friends, but I don't like to see him that much. The class seems to go by somewhat quickly, its just boring. Exercise after exercise of the passé composé or something along those lines. It gets old quickly. This week, we had to play some game and come up with an alibi for a news story where an exchange student was killed in Angers
Anyway, enough about that. Other than that classes went well this week. My art class was cancelled for 2/3 of the classes because she was sick. We are still learning about the Revolution in history and I finally started my practical phonetics course. Hopefully it will help me. I'm already improving on my "french R" I feel, so that is good. Its a necessity to be able to execute it and I still am horrible at it. Overall though, I'm learning a lot, especially with comprehension.
On Tuesday, Mardi Café was cancelled. I'm not sure if I have explained Mardi Café on here so I will do so now. Every Tuesday a bunch of people in CIDEF all go out to one bar so that they can mingle and supposedly meet people from other countries
For the going away party, we, along with a bunch of Bastien's friends, went to a creperie down the road from Le Soft. It was a lot of fun and the food was really good. I ordered a galette for dinner, which had sausage, cheese and egg in it. Then for dessert, I ordered a chocolate and pineapple crepe which, may I add, was DELICIOUS. Pineapple is easily my favorite fruit and I have had an obsession with it lately. If I were a woman, I'd guess I was pregnant, just because I have been craving pineapple and peanut butter like it's nobody's business. It's the weirdest thing really. After the fete, we walked down the street to Le Soft to have a few last drinks with Bastien and friends. We will still see some of our other favorite french people like Mathieu, Bambi, Anne-Céline, Léa, etc. but I sure will miss Bastien.
Wednesday, the weather was beautiful-- for like a minute. I walked outside and I thought to myself, "I don't even need a coat, its SOO nice out". Luckily, I brought one anyway. I met up with Ashley to go to town to get some lunch, as neither of us have classes until the afternoon on Wednesday
The Cathedral was beautiful on the inside, and on the outside. It was empty, it being 2 PM on a Wednesday afternoon. Like I stated in my previous blog on St. Malo, I become overwhelmed in these massive churches. They are beautiful and awe-ing. I decided that I'm going to try and visit the cathedrals in each town that I visit to look at the difference. The stained glass windows are enough of a reason to walk in the church. If I have learned anything in France since coming here (which I have actually learned quite a bit), one of the things would be a new appreciation for architecture. Europe is beautiful, especially the older buildings. One thing our country really lacks is the sense of medieval history. Our country was not founded until almost the 1800s. By that time, the French were revolting again and they were about to enter their first Empire. Sure, we have the natives that lived in the Americas before the Europeans got there, and that is really interesting as well. However, there are no remnants of castles that were around 700 years ago. You won't find anything authentic roman ruins and you can't mark the progression of architecture throughout the US like you can in France. I love the United States, but I am loving Europe as well. It really is a beautiful place.
Throughout the rest of the week we just did the normal stuff that an exchange student would do in a foreign country
Thursday, James, Chanell, Ashley and I went to eat at a place called Le Tuscany or something along those lines and I highly recommend it. The food was really good, the service was good and the people were nice
Friday, we went bowling. Woohoo, bowling in France! But no, seriously, it was a fun time. It was literally a bar, with six lanes of bowling open. It was called Le Colisée (http://www.bowlinglecolisee.fr/). For 6.90 euro, you got two games of bowling and shoe rentals, so it was not bad at all. It was a lot of fun. Not that the week was stressful or anything, but it was a good way to kick back and relax and do something different. I got like 8 strikes I think between the two games so I didn't do too shabby. Ashley broke her previous record, yayy!! And Chanell broke 50! I want to return to the bowling alley soon with more people. With bowling, usually the more people, the more fun the night becomes.
Afterward, we went out to eat at this Vietnamese Restaurant and I got this curry chicken with friend rice and "nems", or spring rolls filled with chicken
Overall, great week. Also, to top it all off we got to see castles this weekend. I'll write another blog very soon about all of the castles that we got to see.