As I promised, I will continue catching you up on my adventures in France! Right where I left off, here it is:
After I managed to get my luggage off the train (two giant suitcases- it's harder than you'd think!) I stepped off the platform and took a deep breath. Here we go.
I was immediately greeted my one of my host sisters who ran up to meet me. What happened next I don't exactly remember, but I do know that I was incessantly smiling for the next several hours.
My host mom and twin host sisters drove me home and gave me a brief tour of the absolutely beautiful town that I now live in. Vannes has charming cobblestone sidewalks, gorgeous old buildings, and an old castle!
We then arrived home and my new sisters showed me the house and my room and then helped me unpack. We ate dinner shortly after, yummy frittatas, fruit, and (of course) bread. A fabulous first meal with my new family!
Now, little did I know at the time, I would soon become addicted to the delicious bread and cheese cominabtion found so often in France. Honestly, if someone told me that I couldn't eat anything else for the rest of my life I probably wouldn't even be upset. It's just so good!
Then, after some talking and TV, we all went off to bed and I officially spent my first night in Vannes.
The next morning we woke up, ate breakfast, and went off to explore downtown. Vannes has a lovely downtown shopping area with a harbor and many different stores. We met up with a couple of my host sisters friends at a park near the castle (I know, right!) and had a fabulous time!
That night, I met my host dad who is, like the rest of my host family, incredibly nice.
We had almost a week before school started so over the next couple days we:
- Took their boat out on the water and they gave me a tour- it was simply amazing!
- Went swimming in their pool
- Went shopping in Rennes, a city about 1 1/2 hours away
- Went to a Chinese restaurant (well a wannabe Chinese restaurant- they also had sushi, pad thai, potato pancakes, and chicken nuggets)
Overall it was an awesome first week in Vannes! I went to sleep Tuesday night with my hair straightened and outfit for Wednesday all picked out, ready to embark on my next challenge, the high school.