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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…