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Goats, crêpes and good-byes

Tuesday the 13th of June
Since the beginning of my semester here, it was planned that I would leave on the 13th of June - today. I had asked my organisation to allow me to leave later, because Norah had a theater performance on the 15th of June that she had been rehearsing the entire year for and I thought that it would be a shame if I were to miss it. The organisation, unfortunately, said no. Dead end. Turns out that no one would be here on Tuesday morning to take me to the airport, which sounds pretty bad, but allowed me to stay until next Monday - which means that I got to see Norah's performance! (It was amazing, but that's not what this is about).

I had an extremely busy day today. Asuka, Paul and I went to Asuka's house one last time before we left, and boy did we go out with a bang! I love where she lives - on a organic farm in basically the middle of nowhere. It's so surreal to be sitting in a field in France, surrounded by goats, an adorable sheep, chickens an…

Muddy Angel run and gladiators!

Saturday the 10th of June
Aline got home pretty late last night and isn't working today, because she is partaking in a "Muddy Angels run" in Lyon! This is a 5km run with a few obstacles to overcome that she is doing with her rugby team. It's a women only mud run and all of the proceeds go to the movement against breast cancer. It is an amazing event, and there were so many strong, powerful and motivated women there, and I just felt so empowered by being there, surrounded by them - even though I didn't run.

When we got to Lyon, I met all of her old rugby-mates (she doesn't play anymore) and their children and husbands. Laurent is actually the coach of the women's rugby team in Vienne and trains them every Friday and Monday! Rugby isn't that popular in the USA or in Austria, so I didn't really know what is was before Laurent showed me a match on TV and wow - rugby is a brutal sport! He described it as football without protection. Needless to say, th…

Last day of school

Thursday the 8th of June
*sigh* Today was a sad day. It was the last time that I would see most of my classmates which is unfortunate, as I was growing to like more and more of them. We had 2 hours of school this morning which I found to be utterly unnecessary and in my mind was not a sufficient reason to get out of bed, but I somehow found myself watching a movie at 8 in French class. Not that the movie was bad or anything, on the contrary actually, but I would have much rather been sleeping. I know, I know... #relatableteen

Anyway, since we got out at 10 and had a little good-bye party with the class at 1:45, Paul, Asuka and I went back to my house for 3 hours. I didn't really have anything planned, and no one was home, so we just ate ice cream, gave each other back rubs, and listened to music, which sounds really weird, but Paul and I both have back problems and boy did he know how to give a mean massage. He knew like where all the trigger points were and it was extremely relax…

Mother's day!

I didn't have school this whole week (except 'till 11 on Monday), because the 11th graders were taking the "bac blanc" (like a practice bac) Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday (the bac is the French equivalent of the Matura - the Matura is the Austrian equivalent of the A-levels - the A-levels are the British exams that you take to graduate high school - there isn't really an equivalent in the US). And since I'm not taking the bac, I didn't go to school! I don't have school on Wednesday anyway, and Thursday was a Catholic holiday and our school took Friday off too!

Sunday the 28th of May
Aline got home late last night, as she works on Saturday, and drove from Saint-Martin-de-Crau up to Vienne for the weekend. We got up at 8 (early for me, since I had been sleeping in the whole week) to go to a lake for the day! It was a 1:30h drive, which I didn't mind at all, because the route was beautiful - I was stuck in the back with Norah and Rémi though, a…

Motorcycle ride to Lyon!

Saturday the 20th of May 2017
I had a great day today! I had been feeling pretty depressed and like I hadn't used my time in France efficiently enough (I'm starting to think about the process of leaving - less than a month) the night before, so I wrote a super long journal entry at like 11pm, because it was raining and I was listening to a sad Spotify playlist. After writing that, I decided to be productive and go out and do something this weekend! I have also been watching this guy "Charisma on Command" on YouTube, and he teaches you how to stop procrastinating and be productive among other things, and all of these things together, caused me to have a great weekend!

First off, Norah, Laurent and I went to the market! I love going to the market - it was a little overcast so there weren't as many people there - which I prefer. After a few minutes at the market, I decided to leave Norah and Laurent and go to the bookstore and try to find a French grammar book that …

Fête des moutons!

Friday the 12th of May Friday fun day! I got out of school at 11 today – I would have usually gotten out at 2:40, but since Norah and I were taking the train to go to Saint-Martin-de-Crau at around 3, Laurent said that I should eat with them at the house so I would have some time to get ready. After eating, I packed my backpack for the weekend trip and laid in my bed with Vermicelle for a bit, before driving to the train station with Norah and Laurent.
There are 2 ways to get to the train station from our house – one of them is a little shorter, so we usually take that route, but since there is a lot of construction work going on in Vienne right now, it takes forever to get to the city center. We started out on that road, but soon realized that it would take forever to get there, so we turned around and took the second road.
When we were halfway there, we were blocked by the fire department, as they were putting out a fire in an apartment building. We waited a little to see if they woul…