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Oct 5, 2010 - Classes Begin!

The start of classes went pretty smoothly. As of right now, I am still unsure what to think about my teachers. The one is really funny and constantly makes class fun, but we have her for less than half the week. The other one teaches concepts really well, but she can be a little...intense I think is the word. We still can't tell if she likes us or not. I was worried at first because I thought I was sorted into the wrong group. We were learning the same things that I had learnt before, but eventually the work started to get a little harder....

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Sep 25, 2010 - Learning some culture

For the next few days, as I got settled in, I went along with Françoise on her errands. The first day, she took me to the French marketplace. There were specialty booths everywhere of different types of cheese, wine, honey, yoghurt, eggs, and, of course, fruit and veggies. She had me try goat cheese and lamb cheese. She even bought this cheese that is scooped onto a piece of wax paper and eaten as a dessert. It looked questionable, but was delicious! Especially when you add cold coffee and a little sugar to it...mmmm When we returned back...

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Sep 24, 2010 - Back to Pau

I was really nervous about returning to Pau on my own. I was scared that I wouldn't understand the accent of my house family, and I wasn't sure what to expect at all. My house mom, Françoise, picked me up at the airport and actually greeted me in English. She really tried to make me feel at ease. When we reached the doors of the airport she stopped and told me to take a deep breath because as soon as I was out of the airport, we were just going to speak in French. On the way home, we stopped at a bakery where we each chose two small...

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Sep 18, 2010 - Wine Country

The next day we had to drive into town to pick up some groceries. That's the first time I have ever seen laundry machines outside of a grocery store. Basically people can leave their laundry, do some shopping, and take it out when they are done (as long as it's not stolen!). After dropping them off, we decided to visit some wineries nearby. Anne and Andre recommended two: Cave de Jurançon and Lapeyre. We started with Jurançon because it was closer and within walking distance. As soon as we started to go, Titti caught up with us and decided...

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Sep 17, 2010 - Pau (Jurançon) - Clos Mirabel

I took the train from Aix-en-Provence to Carcassonne to meet up with my parents. From there, they rented a car and we drove to Pau which was about a 3 hour drive. We got to town fine once we found the highway, but in town we got very lost. We had forgotten to print off the directions to the bed and breakfast we were staying at so we were driving blind. The streets were so confusing, as were the lights. In France, people stop right at the light, not before it like back home. There are so many one way streets and signs pointing in all...

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Jul 25, 2005 - France, Spain, and back to France in three hours

We knew this was going to be quite a weekend and we were not at all disappointed. On Friday we left Albi and took the train to Pau thru Toulouse. Toulouse was unexciting. The second leg of the trip west from Toulouse was gorgeous, just skirting the Pyrenees. The town of Lourdes was particularly beautiful, with old cathedrals nestled in tight valleys. At the Pau train station we were joined by Tamara, her friend Oliver (who Raime was in France with in 1996 on a school trip and hadn't seen or heard of since!!), and his friends Marie and...

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Apr 2, 2005 - Leaving LONDON

The mission: To get our bikes from 5 Gap road, Wimbledon to Stansted Airport and onto one of those Ryan Air jets. Result: Mission accomplished. No hassles for our bikes. Paid $17.50 each and our bikes were taken away with the least of hassles. At check-in however, my luggage weighed 22kg and Andrew's weighed 18kg - this made us 10kg over the limit. So rather than pay $45 (pounds) we grabbed, rather hastily, the tent and one of our bags as carry-on. But the security in departures weren't so happy to see the tent or my first aid kit. My first...

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