So here I am, finally living the dream that I have had for the past few years. All I have to say is that France is way better and more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. I went to see Paris with AFS and the Eiffel Tower is just plain amazing. The architecture in Paris is another sight in and of itself; I am not an expert on architecture, but I could tell it was one of a kind and breath-taking.
In France they have different tracks in the high school for the juniors and seniors, you may pick from L(language), ES(economics) and S(sciences). I am in the ES track because of my history of sciences and my strong interest in not taking any more of them. So there are a group of 25 or so students in each class, and they are all together of the main courses in that track. The only courses that you choose are the languages, and certain specials or electives, I picked math for that.
There is currently a teacher strike going on here, so there were numerous teachers who were absent, and therefore did not hold their class. My latin teacher was not in, so I did not start classes until 11o'clock. I also have many gaps in my schedule where I would have taken more languages but they let me take only Latin and English. We also got one full hour for lunch in either the cantine or if you have permission to leave, then you leave. There are only two days as of right now that I will have to eat at the cantine, because I have class both the period before and the period after lunch. To clear up some confusions, I leave school Wednesday at noon, and have no classes on Saturdays. On all of the other days, I get out at 17h50, which seems very late, but even now is not that bad.
Some very subtle, and not-so-subtle differences I have noticed here I find very interesting. The first one that people think of are the toilets, and yes they are different. The flusher is a button either on top of or next to the toilet, and the water flushes from the front, not the back or sides. Another thing about the toilets is that the toilet itself is almost always seperare from the actual bathroom. The food is the next big difference, at the cantine at both the hostel and the school, there are a few choices that you get. There is a starter; like a small salad or tomatoes with basil and mozzerella, or different combinations of veggies with a dressing. Next is the entree itself which is usually some kind of meat or fish with either veggies or potatoes or something of that sort. You then have either cheese or dessert, and sometimes both. Yogurts are also available at almost every meal. Breakfast is simple, but you mainly get to choose what you want, either cereal with milk, or bread with jam or coffee or tea. There are really so many options that you just eat what you are in the mood for.
The keyboards are also different and it has taken me forever to write this post because I keep having to look down at my hands.
The landscape is absolutely amazing here, I have taken a while to try to find the perfect words that work for it. I have found none, but have no fear because I have come very close and with some pictures and a quick visit you will understand my loss for words. The following pictures are of the astonishingly, heart-breakingly, drop-to-the-ground-and-kiss it-ly beautiful view of the Alps from the balcony of my house.