I am aware this picture is ridiculous.
This past Saturday USC/the coolest kids in the world (-2 people) took a little trip to Chinon with our professor Daniela. This has probably been my FAVORITE excursion so far. Yes Mont Saint Michel is massive and in the clouds, yes Chenonceau has great wine and is pretty. But. Chinon was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. It’s a very small town on the river and has a very old Fortress that is actually closed now for renovations all summer so we visited JUST in time. This picture was taken in one of the fortress towers where Mollie and I swore they put the prisoners. It was freaking scary man. After our visit of the amazing fortress we all went to lunch. I had duck which was WONDERFUL but every time I say I ate duck I think of the ducks that I pass by in the gardens on my way to and from school and I get kind of sad. But it tasted good so whatever.
Today in school (I rarely actually talk about that) we had an oral presentation that was filmed. We were in pairs of two and our assignment was to sell the other person as if they were an object. Due to the fact that these instructions were given in french, one pair didn’t even do the right assignment. They did a skit where one person was the seller, one the buyer and Jose was trying to sell, PAR EXAMPLE, a magic box. To the 3 people that will get that joke, DONC that’s for you :) oh and those same 3 people will get the other joke :)
Also, today for dinner I MADE SPICY CHICKEN! Which to the many of you that don’t know, is one of my favorite meals in the whole world. My host mom Cecile and I made it together, along with an amazing cherry tarte. Let’s see, I haven’t updated in a few days, what else have I eaten? Yesterday was quiche with salad, and instead of our usual cheese course she took medallions of chevre (goat cheese), put them on sliced bread, and put them in the oven. It was delicious. I can’t even describe how amazing it was to me. I have decided that if I take anything away from this experience, it’s that I’m making dinner as much as possible, a variety of things, and will splurge for cheese and have a cheese course every night. I don’t know how I ever lived without it.
Tomorrow I’ll be picking up my train ticket (WOW already) from the station. I head back to Paris on an 812h train Friday June 25th to meet up with my mommy, auntie Amy and grandma! I’m so excited for that. That’s about all I had planned for tomorrow. Nope, I want to try brioche tomorrow. That’s also in my plan.
Thursday I have my cooking class! I don’t know whose most excited, me or my host mom. I’m learning how to make tartes des legumes (vegetable tart) and molleux au chocolat (chocolate cake type thing!) She keeps saying how much she loves it and how we can make it once I know how, or I can make it, or something. Friday nothing’s going on. But Saturday. Saturday is my last excursion of my study abroad, and I am going to Versailles. I am STOKED. My host family has told me it is the most beautiful/nicest/biggest/whatever other positive -est adjective you want to put in there chateau in all of France. I’m sure it is, and I can’t wait! I’m holding off looking at pictures because I want it to be a TOTAL surprise.
Random thought: If I had unlimited funds and didn’t care about only staying a place for like a day and a half, I would want to go/would have gone to Poland to see Auschwitz. Call me morbid. Idk. World War 2 is my favorite time in history and I did a very extensive project in the 8th grade on the Holocaust. It’s always been a topic that’s captivated me. I know I would need a box of tissues with me the whole time I was there, but how amazing would that be. To be able to walk where they were. To be able to see everything. Seeing pictures is one thing. To be there is something entirely different. I never really looked into it because goodness knows I don’t speak the language because I doubt they speak french there and it’s probably really expensive because unless I’m worse at geography than I thought Poland isn’t really near France at all. Whatever. Random thought.
Has this been my longest entry? Sheesh.