As many of you know, I’ve been staying in France or more specifically Aurillac. Though this town is composed of about 30,000 people, there are many decades of history. I’ve been lucky enough to learn and gather as much as possible over my many months here and I’m happy to share it with you guys today.
Summer’s just around the corner and there’s so much on my list of things to do! Just recently one of my friends said she wanted to hike the Appalachian Mountains. Looking into it we found out that it was almost a 6 month hike to finish the whole thing. And that was just #1 not in our age range, because our parents never would’ve let us do that yet and #2 not in our time frame, which I assume most people don’t have 6 months where they have time to go backpacking. (though some people may). So this summer I decided to have a fun get together with some friends and plan a backpacking trip.
Before getting into things I wanna let people know that I am NOT a travel expert or experienced at all so, everything written in this travel guide are some tips and tricks, places to see, and other things!
For spring break I spent one week in the South of France with two of my close friends. We ended up getting a great host family for the week and seeing a lot of Marseille. We entered the city by bus and headed to la gare de Marseille-Saint-Charles. We got a quick tour of the city from the car and got a quick feel for the city. On Monday, we headed to the calanques and saw the breathtaking views, you can check that out in my other post.
If you ever just happen to stumble into Marseille there a few things worth noting. Yes, you can check out the Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Vieux Port, Palais Longchamp, and all those other things you get when you search Marseille into Google but, one of that things that I highly recommend is Le Parc National des Calanques.
So last month I posted something on Facebook asking people to write me some questions they had for me regarding my exchange, life in France, how applied, or just really random things. I also am partnering with my good friend from Maryland who is on exchange with me. So, some of the questions my be from her Facebook as well. (if you wanna check her out, the link to her blog is down below.) And here’s what I got!
Last year I was watching Switched at Birth and there is one scene that really stuck out to me. There was this girl, who was deaf, in the hospital and she was trying to tell the nurses she was allergic to a certain type of medicine. She struggled to tell the nurses and doctors that she couldn’t have this medicine otherwise she could die. There were no translators and no one knew sign language. This is when it hit me… I have to learn this language!
Oh how time flys. Before leaving everyone said it was going to be fast and honestly I didn’t start to see how fast it was going till my friend Gina stayed with me in December. She’s here for 5 months so, at the end of January she leaves to go back home. Realizing that she was leaving was a punch in the face because I realized that if her exchange went by that fast then mine wouldn’t be any slower. There’s so much I’ve learned, besides the language, since being here for five months and there’s so much happening in the next five months that I am so excited to announce!
You want to understand more and gather more vocabulary in the language you’re learning? But you don’t know how. Well, what I recommend is picking up a book in that language and buckling down because it may take awhile but, I have some tips that will not only help you understand more of the book but also further your language.
*I recommend having maybe a 1 year to 2 years of a language before starting a book, like a novel. (not a children’s book)
I’ve gotten so many people asking me how my french is coming along. And to tell the truth, if you want just a simple answer, I don’t know. But since people have been asking I thought I would just answer it right in this blog. So, if my simple answer didn’t please you and you want more info continue reading.
I never knew this coming to France but, people here eat a lot of food especially on Christmas. Todays blog will be a little quick because, I mean it’s Christmas and it’s busy. Anyway hope you enjoy.