Per usual, much has happened since my last post. Monday was France’s national holiday, as I mentioned, and even though we weren’t with the students, I know many of them watched the fireworks over the Loire River, so here are some pictures of what we, the professors, saw from our spot near the bridge.
This week after classes, we also held a “concours de desserts” (a dessert competition) where the students had the opportunity to bake a dessert and bring it in for everyone to taste. We had the White group on Tuesday, the Blue group on Wednesday, and the Red group on Thursday. The professors were the first to taste the delicious concoctions so we could decide on awards for the students. Sometimes our job is so hard. 🙂 We will pass out the awards for each group on Monday.
On Wednesday, we celebrated Katie and Bente’s birthdays during the dessert competition. Marie-Odile Barbier – Bente’s host mother – also surprised the girls by bringing in raspberry ice cream cake!! It was delicious and the birthday girls were so surprised!
Our excursion this week took place on Friday. We traveled to the coast to spend some time at Saint-Martin de Ré – a coastal town with lots of shopping. Then we spent about an hour on the beach at Ile de Ré before it started raining. We weren’t sure what to do with ourselves after that since we had planned on spending the rest of the afternoon at the beach. However, our wonderful driver Thierry suggested a small town nearby that was hosting a board/card game festival. It stopped raining by the time we got there and the students had a great time eating fair-like food, playing ping-pong at the tables set up, and jumping on the trampolines! Don’t worry, they were safely harnessed in and we watched small children jumping beforehand, so we knew it was okay. 🙂 Our students were so wonderful at going with the flow as we figured out a rain plan that day. They are absolutely the best and can have fun no matter what. I appreciate the opportunity to hang out with them every day.
Shortly after these last pictures were taken at the game festival, my camera battery died, so I couldn’t get pictures of the rest of the trampoliners or the food or the ping-pong. I’m so sorry! And I didn’t get a very good picture of the group this time either. But don’t worry, there’s plenty more coming up this week. Between our bowling excursion on Wednesday and the Farewell show on Friday, I will have plenty to share with you all soon. Have a great weekend!