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Jan 26, 2011 - Another University? Ok!
Today was my first day at UTM- le Mirail. I haven't decided which name I prefer for the university, so it may be both of them for awhile. Stay with me folks :) Le Mirail is a very interesting place. It's an actual campus, much more like an American University. However, it doesn't have the greatest reputation around Toulouse. This is partly because of the neighborhood it is located in (the roughest in Toulouse) and partly because when someone is asked to describe a typical Mirail student, the first adjective they come up with is "militant"....Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry