So I found this post in our Draft Folder today, finding that I never posted this- so here we go one month to late 😉
So yesterday the 5th October was the end of my first month in France. I’ll try to put my experiences and feelings in words, even do it’s impossible describing what I’ve done so far:
Friends & Family:
It wasn’t as weird as I thought it would be, living in a new family. I didn’t only enter a new Family with different traditions, expectations and habits, but I also met a Family with a whole new Culture, so getting used to their times and behavior was the “hardest”. I shouldn’t be using the word hard actually because it wasn’t hard at all! I was just a little tired at the beginning (and hungry because they have different eating habits then we do in Germany, but I’ll talk about that a noter time ;P ). I have one older sister(17) a little one (13) and Hildegarde(15) is my my age. Both my Parents here are art teachers in Colleges. I really like my Family and I get along with all of them.
By now I have lots of friends in school, because we have big classes, mixed ones and you also meet new people here by getting introduced. I wouldn’t say I have sort of a Clique in my own class, with a group of people I like to be with, but I have single people I especially like and like to hang out with. I mostly have friends in the classes above, I met them true their correspondents who are my age. I also found out pretty fast that french school kids, don’t usually meet on school days, just on week-ends, because they don’t have any time after finishing all their work.
School is very exhausting because I can only follow class when I concentrate 100% on what my teachers are saying in french – not that this wouldn’t always be the cace ;), but I still have to translate most of it into german sentences, word by word. But I don’t have to much problems in math for example, because most of the vocabulary is similar and numbers stay numbers in any country. But the french expect a lot from you. Your only the new german student for the first few days, but after they passed you don’t have an excuse for not doing your homework.
ok so by the way, this was all I had saved last month, so from here on this is how I remember it:
I can’t remember being Homesick at all, since I was way to busy learning new things and people. I remember having short moments, where I preferred the way it was done at home (especially when it comes to food 🙂 ) but I got used to them as well so that didn’t make me very sad either. All together this was a very happy and exciting month!
In this first month I,
– got to know my new city by going shopping or meeting there;
– was on my first french party, because my corespondent had a “coming back” party at our house, so that was a great and easy opportunity right at the beginning of my stay, to get to know new people;
– went on a rock concert with two friends of mine.
– had some sleep overs and was pretty busy making friends.
– also started visiting teakwondo classes and taking riding lessons just as I did in Munich, to have some activity in school days other than school.
Again, I’m sorry this post is one month to late 🙂 See you soon! Pauline