Final Countdown: Corsica

In one of my french classes a few semesters ago at Ole Miss, the class was broken down into pairs and asked to pick one of the thirteen regions in France and create a fifteen minute presentation about it. My partner and I picked the island off the south coast of France called Corsica. We…

Bitter Sweet…

It’s strange to think that five months ago today I flew into the Paris De Gaulle airport. Looking back on it now, I was so inexperienced. I didn’t know left from right. I struggled for a solid month. The simplest tasks were a challenge. Things as rudimentary as going to the store or ordering food…

French Classes…

Only one full week left of classes before I have final exams. My classes are composed of a language class, an oral comprehension class, a phonetics class, and a socio-cultural studies class. I have to say that at first I was nervous about having so many French classes. At first, it was very overwhelming. Imagine…

Allez le SCO! Allez le SCO! Allez le SCO!

A couple of weeks ago I bought a ticket to an Angers soccer game. I have never been one for soccer. I have always thought of it as a long, boring sport that only gets exciting once or twice throughout the match. In high school, I played basketball and tennis so soccer was never my cup…

Vienna, Venice, or Verona?

I left France two weeks ago to travel Europe. My plans were simple in my mind. First take a train to Paris, then fly to Vienna, drive to Hallstatt, drive to Prague, drive back to Vienna, fly to London, fly to Dublin, catch a train to Galway, catch another train to Killarney, catch one last…

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…

Things I Thought I’d Never Miss…

           After being in France for a month and a half, there are some interesting things that I have started to miss. The number one thing that I miss is the English language. Learning French for me is like trying to ride a bike backwards through a minefield. I am learning a lot but my…

4 Destinations in 24 hours!

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to go to four different destinations within a 3-hour drive from Angers: Anjou troglodytique, Fontevraud, Saint Malo, and Mont-Saint Michel. They started on Friday after my last class around 12:30pm and lasted until about 8:30pm on Sunday night. Friday afternoon we drove an hour and a half to…

My Authentic Crêperie Experience!

Last night I decided to go for a stroll around Angers before I went to bed. The streets were mostly abandoned save the elderly couples, dog walkers, and tourists, like myself, that aren’t used to the world shutting down on Sundays. The lights of a few creperies and kebab shops were bright against the dark…

Classes + Excursions

Today marks a full week that I have been in Angers, France although it seems like a month. I flew into Paris De Gaulle and took a train from there to Angers. I have been living in a foyer called Foyer Ormieres. It has been going well. I have my own room with a sink….