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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 relaxing. I also showed them the video that I had put together with all of the pictures and videos that we had taken. I edited them on iMovie and decided to make a "trailer" as well - it was pretty hilarious.














We had to go back to Vienne about 45 minutes before school started, because there was no bus that left later, which was fine, because I had to get a few things at the store anyway. Asuka and Paul are extremely slow walkers, so we got to school just as the bell rang, even though it should have been like a 10 minute walk :D There was a lot of chaos going on when we got to school, so Asuka and I decided to go get our school certificates instead of being in the middle of all of that.

A few other classes were taking the bac in our classroom, so our class found an open room on the 3rd floor to celebrate in. We started by giving our homeroom/French teacher a bouquet of flowers and a speech was delivered, thanking her for the great year. We then had to go around and say a few words about the year (or semester in my case). I'm pretty sure that everyone lied and sugarcoated it (including me) except for Paul, who is probably the only one who doesn't care about other people's opinions, and he really went into detail, which I appreciated, but I think everyone else found uncomfortable.

Then finally, after all of that build-up, we finally got to taste everyone's baked goods! Since I don't have an oven, I made no-bake chocolate peanut bars, which were basically Reece's peanut butter cups. They were extremely simple, but everyone seemed to enjoy them. Another girl in my class also likes to bake, and she made candied nuts - they were probably the best things there. A few people made cookies and someone made a quiche, which was the bomb.

After the eating part, the class gave Asuka and I gifts, as we were exchange students. I got a super cute shirt with cats on it which I am wearing right now - it is super adorable! Then Paul gave Asuka and I cards with personalized drawings. I almost started crying, because he is so talented and his drawing is basically me.


















Finally, we had to say good-bye. I didn't get really close to many of my classmates, but they were all a part of my semester and I will miss them, our class environment and most of our teachers. I just want to thank them one last time for accepting me into their class and for always being nice to me and making me laugh and experience a real French school. I am so glad that I changed schools at the beginning of this year and met the people that I did. I will always remember the 1L at Saint-Charles!




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About me

Hi! My name is Amelia - I am from Southern California, but I have been living in Austria for 6 years, so I speak English and German fluently. I am going to school in Vienne, France for 6 months while living with a host family. I have been learning French at school for 4 years so I hope that my French is good enough, but I guess we'll find out once I start living there! I flew from Vienna, Austria to Lyon, France (which is about 30 min away fromVienne) onFriday the 13th of January.
As I mentioned before I will be living with a host family. They have 3 children, two sons (one of which doesn't live at home anymore) and a daughter. They also have a small dog named Loupy and a cat named Vermicelle, which is great because I love animals! I am in 10th grade and will be attending the "deuxième classe" in Vienne at a Lycée. 

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Let me set the scene: a bored Amelia in DS, a sheet of unused paper, a pen, and 3 hours of nothing to do...

If you don't know, Ds is "devoir surveillé" or "surveilled work". My class has it every Monday, usually for 3 hours. It's in a different subject every week. So what happens it, we get questions to answer and then we answer them. Seems simple right? RIGHT. That is why I don't understand why we are locked in a room for 3 hours when most of us are done after the first hour or so. And we don't get to leave early, no, we have to stay in here for the rest of the lesson with nothing to do! We cannot talk, we cannot read, we cannot do homework. I mean, I would much rather do homework or study than be locked in a room for 3 hours! It doesn't make any sense!

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