I have decided to post... just because.
I am doing great here in France, where there is NO SNOW!
I wish that some of that New England snow could come our way because if we don't get snow soon, the ski season risks to be not too active. There was no more than 20cm of snow on the slopes where we went last weekend, there were places all over where you could see the ground. I'll bet that you New Englanders will not be seeing the ground for a while :)
I have just realized that my experience is already half over!!
It seems like just yesterday when I stepped onto the plane at Boston's Logan Airport saying goodbye to my Mom and Dad for 10 months on my way to New York and then France! And now I have my mid-experience AFS weekend coming up next weekend!
I am about to reveal some of my feelings from the beginning of my experience and all of the progress that I have done over the past five months in France.
First of all, it is hard for me to speak English now. I would much rather speak French and it comes much quicker to me! When I talked to my parents last weekend, they told me that I was developing an accent!!!! English class is still not hard, but I actually have to think before speaking! I sometimes even stumble over my words!
I remember the first day of school, I walked up the hill to the high school and I had the feeling that I had a flashing neon sign over my head screaming "AMERICAN AMERICAN" and that everyone was looking at me.
Now instead of being freaked out every time I walk into the school, I stop and say hi to every person I know, or they stop me to say hi!
I have my routines now, for example- every Wednesday at noon, Adélie and I walk to the house together and make Ramen and watch The Simpsons before heading off to our saxophone lessons. I feel like I am at home, you know where you are comfortable with your surroundings and can find something random like the scotch tape if someone asks you. I am feeling really great about myself and the progress that I have made within the past five months, we had parent teacher conferences the other night and all of the teachers say I made great progress with the language and that I am a very good student!
I still have a lot of work, but it is getting better and I am understanding more and more. I am off to watch Good Morning England with the family!!