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Aug 30, 2011 - The Road to Pau

Tuesday 30th August 2011 Weather:-A beautiful 27 degrees The object of today’s travels was to drive over ‘The Pyrenees’---235km driven in 4 ½ hours and that should tell you something about the driving conditions. We have of late watched the ‘Tour de France’ riders charge up these mountain sides and swish back down to the valleys again so we thought that it would be a picturesque trip. “It was a nice little drive” was Herman’s comment at the end of it but I must admit that we had some hairy moments;-like turning a corner and seeing cows...

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Dec 16, 2010 - Final Goodbyes and Au Revoirs

I have decided that goodbyes are much harder when you don't know when or even if you will see someone again. To start off the night, my housefamily took me out to dinner. They had me order everything that is from Southern France as my last bearnaise meal. It was delicious! It was a sad evening though. This was the last night with the family and the last time I got to see my roommate since she was leaving early the next morning on vacation. I think that was one of the hardest goodbyes. After tears on both ends, we exchanged emails and I...

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Dec 14, 2010 - Final Days of Class

Our last few days of class were quite relaxed. We watched movies, played games like Scattergories (or a version of it anyways) and Taboo, and learned about Christmas from our student teachers. It was a great way to relax at the end of the semester and a lot of fun. For our last day, the teachers bought some Bûche de Noël - a traditional French Christmas dessert. We wanted to try all of the flavors, and eventually we all resorted to just digging in with our forks - I swear our teachers were just cringing inside haha. We also had a drawing...

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Dec 11, 2010 - La Lune avec les Dents

For our last weekend together, a group of us decided to go out for dinner and to see the light show at the Chateau (called La Lune avec les Dents). The restuarant wasn't open so we went to the show first. It reminded me a lot of zoo lights in the sense that you wander around the grounds just to see all of the different displays - these are much more impressive though. Images and films of the past royals are projected everywhere. Some are so clear they look real! It was really cool. There was a big show in the courtyard too, but it only runs...

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Dec 8, 2010 - Chocolaterie and the Tea Party

For our last class outing, we went to the Verdier chocolate factory. The company was founded in Pau and they specialize in handmade chocolates. First we were given a tour of the factory and were told a little bit of the back story to it. They also explained to us how the chocolates are made. It was a small factory so the tour wasn't very long, but it was still interesting. Verdier makes all kinds of chocolate but they are the only ones to make Raisin Doré - chocolate covered white wine raisins from Jurançon vineyards. They crush the...

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Dec 7, 2010 - Repas de Noël

As one of our last activities together, the school organised a Christmas dinner for all of the IEFE students. We each paid 10 Euros and chose what we wanted to eat. There was also a gift exchange (with a 2 euro limit) among everyone. First, as everyone arrived, we were handed our menus and told to get seated. They welcomed us to the dinner and invited us to have an 'aperatif'. It was serve yourself, but there were about 40 or 50 people and only one punch bowl and one ladle - not good planning on their part. A group of people from another...

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Dec 3, 2010 - Cave de Jurançon

For our next outing with school, our teacher decided to take us to the winery in Jurançon. We were late getting there since that was the first day it snowed (and the people of Pau aren't fully equipped to deal with the snow) so unfortunately we had to rush through part of the tour. Anyways, a man who worked there took us on a tour of the winery and for a tasting afterwards of 3 of their wines. It was really fun. After, my friend Adriana and I went to our friend Yara's for lunch. We had a great afternoon there, sharing music and stories. We...

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Nov 25, 2010 - Au Marché

To educate us a little more on Basque French culture, our teacher sent us on a bit of a scavenger hunt. We were organized into groups and were sent to the market in the center of town to take pictures of local food. We had a list of foods she knew we wouldn't know so we would have to interact with the people working and shopping there. We had to take pictures and notes to share with our class the next day. She also assigned a particular store to each group where we would go and ask specific questions. I was paired with Shirley (American)...

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Nov 18, 2010 - Yacht Club Party (et les autres fêtes à Pau)

The two weeks around the weekend I went to London were pretty busy. Before I left, I helped my roommate make dinner for some french friends I met through her. We made a Japanese meal which was alot of fun! While we waited for everyone to show up, we went a little crazy decorating with the seaweed wraps that were meant for sushi rolls. Afterwards we went out dancing for the night. We ended up stopping by another party on the way that was sponsered by something called monster. Sato and I had no idea what that was. They were handing out robot...

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Oct 22, 2010 - Update # 2

After the trip to St Jean de Luz things have been pretty quiet. School is still going well and I am still learning quite a bit. I have started to experience a little bit of the nightlife here. First I had a potluck dinner at my friend Shirley's with some of her friends she met through USAC (an american exchange program). It was really nice :) We went out later that night and to my surprise I found out that dance clubs don't open until about midnight. We went out dancing and didn't leave until about 4 in the morning but there was still no...

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Oct 12, 2010 - Update

School so far has been going great. The level is increasing and I am learning alot. I am still unsure about my one teacher, and I have heard our class is apparently famous among them all because we have her haha. That being said, she really explins things well and make sure we have everything down solid. I have started buying lunches at school half of the week because there is simply no time to go home in between. Their cafeteria food is what I would consider fancy meals! We get a full meal complete with dessert for about 3 euros. It's...

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Oct 9, 2010 - Le Chateau de Pau

Since it was closed when I was in Pau with my parents, I decided to head back to the Chateau. I checked the hours to make sure I wouldn't miss it again and I planned to go on the weekend. I knew it wasn't peak season and the hours would be different, but what I didn't realize is that they only let in groups of people. When I got there, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that entrance is free for students with a student card. They asked me if I spoke really well, and I told them no. They asked what language I spoke and handed me a hot...

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