Giboulée!

 

I have always thought that Oxford, MS. had the craziest, most unpredictable weather in the world. However after being in Angers for almost 2 1/2 months, I am second guessing myself. Since I moved to France, I have experienced very few days in which it didn’t rain or where there was no overcast. Our proximity to the ocean makes Angers a prime example of something the French call giboulée weather. Giboulée roughly translates to on and off sudden downpours throughout the day with little to no certainty of the forecast from hour to hour. Looking at my weather channel app in the morning for what the day might bring was a mistake I made only once. That being said, I have to gear up for every possibility  the day might bring before I leave my foyer: umbrella, scarf, jacket, sweater, gloves, poncho, etc. I, however, am an American student living in Angers. The French that live here, on the other hand, don’t seem to prepare at all. During the countless times that giboulée has occurred since I have seen many French students and professionals alike walking in the pouring rain with no umbrella or jacket without a care in the world. They just carry on with their day getting soak and wet by the unpredictability of giboulée. I think it’s kind of incredible

the way that the French embrace their weather. They don’t let it ruin their day or be cause for annoyance, they just keep going.

This weekend was the first time that we had a full, beautiful day with no rain, only sunshine. So I, like most others, took full advantage of the opportunity. I walked through centre-ville perusing various shops and exploring new avenues and back alleys. I got the best kind of lost and found a small Irish pub where I stopped to get a cappuccino. I relaxed outside drinking my coffee and taking it all in. After my coffee I walked past centre-ville towards a local park. I took a stroll around the park which was in full bloom. The afternoon was fantastic! I hope giboulée doesn’t make a sudden come-back.

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