A few final
A couple of us went to the
We also saw the Arc de Triomphe and
After our busy but fun stay in
He and I get along really well, so I think we’re both pleased with how this living arrangement has worked out thus far. He’s a middle school teacher, so we obviously have a shared interest in education, but we also both read a lot, enjoy the arts, and fortunately for both of us, pretty much eat the exact same types of food (and it turns out that he cooks quite well!). We have had a lot of great conversations, ranging from literature to French film to politics. I will, without a doubt, learn a lot from him. Also, he is currently the president of an organization which promotes development efforts in struggling countries. At the moment, he is in the process of planning to send a group to
I met up with the rest of the students for our courses at the University (and exams) on Friday, and then we went out for a lovely dinner with our contact from the Fulbright program and various others involved in education in
I spent an excellent weekend with the two of them. On Saturday, we went shopping at the biggest outdoor market in
Spending a whole weekend speaking French (literally, I didn’t speak one full sentence in English since Friday evening) was mentally exhausting, but certainly an important step in my time here. I’m finding myself at a point where all language seems a little bit awkward—English words are escaping me because I’m devoting so much of my concentration to making sense in French. It’s certainly uncomfortable, but I know it’s natural and important. I can only get more comfortable from here (I hope!).