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Bienvenue!

January 17, 2010 @ 4:46 AM | Permalink
Bonjour tout le monde!
 
I have decided that since there are approximately 30 people I would like to keep in touch with on a frequent basis, it would be easier to keep a blog detailing my travels/experiences. I will try to update as often as I can, because my host mother is generous enough to share her wireless internet with me and I can use it in my room. However, I do plan on being super busy as the semester gets started, so the blog won't won't be a constant.
 
I apologize en avance, because since I am supposed to be learning/living/existing in French, much of my thinking has switched over alors c'est plus facile de m'expliquer en francais. I will try to keep the Franglish to a minimum, but it will happen.
 
I also apologize for any spelling errors, as there is no spellcheck and I frequently won't have time to check it in a word document/go through it myself.
 
I wrote an entire blog detailling my entry/ etc. into France, but it was deleted as soon as I posted it. Perhaps this won't be as convenient as I thought? The abridged, new version is as follows:
 
My flight from Philadelphia was supposed to leave at 9pm on the 15th, but there was some problem with the hydrolics system and the flight was delayed an hour. When I got to Charles de Gaulle in Paris, I couldn't find my flight and there was no information desk, so after begging random people to help me out, I made it to my flight with about 2 minutes to spare. That flight was also delayed from a baggage problem, so I arrive about 20 minutes late to Marseille, where my host mother picked me up.
 
Quelle grande suprise, AirFrance a perdu ma valise. They delivered it this morning, but it meant I didn't have much to work with when I got here...
 
I forgot how much I love France. Everything here is very Mediteranean, especially the landscape. There are several trees I can't identify, and one bird that I keep seeing that I don't recognize.
 
My host mother habite tres pres de la centre ville d'Aix dans un apartement tres beau. We get along very well-- she works locally and obviously has had other American students before, so she is very thoughtful and understanding of my issues. I find that my language is passable, although I am consistently using the same adjectives and need to look up a lot of common words ("pillow," "laundry basket," "plug") to explain what I mean.
 
Yesterday I attempted to take money out of an ATM, but there was an issue with the card and it wasn't returned. I have another card on the way soon, hopefully, but I am in a precarious money situation as of now. My host mother was kind enough to lend me some money, so I should be alright before I go to the bank tomorrow, give them my account number, and try to take out money in person-- I need to look up some serious vocabulary for that.
 
I also visited la centre ville avec ma mere par prendre le bus. It's beautiful! There is a lot of architecture and several very old monuments, which were all really interesting. Luckily, I will be taking a class this semester on the art and architecture in Provence, so hopefully I will be learning more about them. There are also a lot of petites boutiques, which I look forward to shopping in-- one chocolaterie particularly caught my eye.
 
I went to bed at 8 pm last night, a first, and slept until 9 this morning. Goodness. Today I get to meet several other new AUCP students from the area, which I'm looking forward to. It will be nice to know people when I go to orientation tomorrow.
 
Off to go look up some vocabulaire.
 
A bientot!       Ann
 

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Posted on 1/17/2010 by

William LaPlant

William LaPlant

Charles De Gaulle truly is the devil, no? I'm glad you made it safely, even if you did meet a significant number of misfortunes. We will skype soon!

Posted on 1/17/2010 by

Katherine DiPierro

Oh, darling! I'm so glad you're in Aix, mostly in one piece and speaking/writing beautiful Franglais. But please tell me: why did you need a pillow to plug the laundry basket? Do I even want to know?

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Charles De Gaulle truly is the devil, no? I'm glad you made it safely, even if you did meet a significant number of misfortunes. We will skype soon!

William LaPlant on Bienvenue! 2010-01-17

Oh, darling! I'm so glad you're in Aix, mostly in one piece and speaking/writing beautiful Franglais. But please tell me: why did you need a pillow to plug the laundry ...

Katherine DiPierro on Bienvenue! 2010-01-17
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