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Jan 21, 2011 - Jumping into many ponds

Dear Readers, First, a note of apology. I read back through my entries sometimes, and when I do I wonder why anyone would make it all the way through one. My stream-of-conscious writing really does lead to some run-on sentences. I will work on making it a little easier to read. And shorter...I do tend to ramble. Ok, before you get excited, I have not actually jumped into any bodies of water in Toulouse. It's far too cold to try stunts like that. The title is a reference to the metaphor I have heard maybe ten times in ten days, that I need...

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Jan 17, 2011 - Classes begin!

Today I had my very first real French class, and my first taste of the inner workings of a French university. And oh what workings they are... The day was nerve-wracking, I was scared I wouldn't be able to keep up, that I wouldn't be able to talk to anyone in class, and that I would get lost on the way or something like that. I also had Dickinson class in the morning, which is now routine and passe, at least when put up next to class at IEP (Institut des Etudes Politiques) the political science university where I am taking some of my...

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Jan 15, 2011 - One Week completed Successfully!

I am now out of firsts in Toulouse! Ok no, that is the biggest lie I've told in awhile, there are SO many firsts still to be had here. But the point is this is no longer "my first Friday" excetera excetera (is that a real word?). I have passed my first week with flying colors! Or so it seems to me, anyway :) The first Friday went quite well, although it unfortunately did not include getting my bank card. I'm not worried because I had the good fortune to bring some Euros with me when I came, but a lot of people are running severely low on...

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Jan 13, 2011 - Erica, do you know how to get there? Um...yes?

In the past two days I have done so much walking around Toulouse! I am finding that both Sasha and I are right, you can walk just about anywhere in Toulouse, and it will take you an hour to do so. Tuesday was the first day I found my own way to the Dickinson center (where I am currently taking classes/having orientation, which amount to the same thing) which meant a Metro ride and then a long walk, more because I couldn't find the bus then because I wanted to walk in the rain. Still, I got myself there, On Time, and was very proud of...

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Jan 10, 2011 - Ready, Set, Orientate!

Today was the first day of our (apparently) two and a half week long orientation. It was crammed full of stuff, not the least of which was a lot of walking around Toulouse proper. So, at the moment I have this feeling that Toulouse is HUGE, but I don't think that is actually the case. My friend Sasha is under the impression that you can walk most anywhere...and I believe this to be true...if you are willing to walk for an hour. And then I remember I used to walk at least 40 minutes from El Centro to my house in Guadalajara, and realize I...

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Jan 9, 2011 - Arrival in Toulouse!

Bonjour! Well, I made it safe and sound to Toulouse, without any major upsets. Pretty much all of my flights ran a little delayed, but that is what you get when you travel in January. My flight to Chicago was the most delayed, and then we spent 25 minutes circling the tarmac. I was sitting pretty with four hours to catch my flight, but those people who had a forty five minute connection were unhappy. I'm now forming a bad impression of those people who create that short of layovers for themselves, so I am sorry to say I did not feel bad for...

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Jan 6, 2011 - New York - Greg's version

Dec 27 We awoke in quiet darkness, ahead of the alarm. After dressing, we all slipped pyjamas into the bags and started loading them in the back of the car. Al Barr arrived to help us trek four of the bags that wouldn't fit in the Peugeot 807. a last look at Lagahe in the early dawn and we were on the road to Toulouse airport. Dropped the bags off, returned the dented Peugeot to the designated point. Check-in went well as we loaded nine fully laden bags onto the conveyor belt. Unfortunately, they could not be checked all the way through to...

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Dec 19, 2010 - A week in The Gers

France is divided into twenty-six administrative regions. We are staying in the Midi-Pyrenees. Within the Midi-Pyrenees there are eight departments. The Gers is the name of the department that includes Mauvezin, which is the largest ville near Chateau Lagahe (where we are staying). Mauvezin has an official population of 1700 people. It is a "market town" and hosts a produce market each Monday morning. People from the town and the surrounding countryside come to buy local fruit, veg, cheese and meats. A market town is considered to be one of...

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Dec 13, 2010 - A quick day trip to Medieval Walled City of Carrcassone then a couple of days of watching the football

6th of December Today we rested up for Carrcassone the next day so we played some table tennis and didn't do much work. Mum had agreed to doing hula hoop lesson's (that won't go well) later in the week with Jenny. We went to bed early. 7th of December We woke ready for a day at The Castle of Carrcassone. We got all rugged up because it was freezing and started off on our 1.5 hr trip. We got to the town gobsmacked by the shear size of the castle glaring down on the town from atop it's tall hill. We went up through the entrance via the draw...

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Dec 12, 2010 - A few days of chilling then back to Sauveterre for another Weekend of fun

1st of December After an enormous weekend in Paris we settled down and played some ping pong while doing some school work in between. It was freezing cold and mum needed the fire going night and day!! There is a thermometer in the courtyard of the house and some days it took ages before it got over 0 celcius and it really felt like it was going to snow!! 3rd of December Today we did some work before going to Sauveterre in the afternoon for 1 more weekend before they break up for Christmas Holidays. We first played a game of football and 5...

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Nov 21, 2010 - The last day of Horse riding week then off to school for the weekend for Nick and Harry

12th - 14th of November/ Weekend of School for Nick and Harry Today we went to horse riding in the morning we did some more cantering but we were supposed to go on a hike but didn't because of the weather. After horse riding Harry and I had to pack a suitcase because we were going to a boarding school called Chateau de Sauveterre that afternoon just for the weekend. The school is about 40 minutes drive from our house here in France. We arrived at the school, met the headmaster or "directeur" as they are called in France and we were both...

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Nov 11, 2010 - Isle Jourdin Markets/ Horse Riding cancelled trip to Sarrant

L'Isle Jourdain Markets Following on from my last update... the Saturday in horse riding week we went to the village of L'Isle Jourdain to check out the weekly Market. There were so many people there and we wandered around and we bought roasted garlic whole chicken for lunch and other fresh foods and ingredients for dinner. Horse Riding off- car trip to Sarrant! The Monday of horse riding week was called off due to rain so we took a car trip to a small village called Sarrant. This medieval town is surrounded by the walls that originally...

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