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arriving in Mende and my first day of school


Here's a bit more of what's been going on for you.

I think I finished the last post with the train to Clermond-Ferrand? Well, Jess got off earlier than us, at Vichy, and it was so weird to see her host parents greeting her, thinking 'That's going to be us in about 20 minutes'. How weird is this (directed at exchange students from 9820) - Jess was talking about her host brother saying 'Yeah, he's on exchange now close to Melbourne, actually it's near Sale...' and I was like 'WHAATT!! What's his last name?', and guess who it was? Francis Kante!! Small world, huh?

Anyway, at the train station, Kim's and my host parents were waiting on the platform, it was really strange!! I couldn't speak one word of French, but I think I understood the words 'veux' and 'manger', from my host parents.

So as you know (hopefully, haha) it's been about one week since I got here, and on the Tuesday, I went to school - and oh my god - it was so weird haha! My first class was English (thank god), so at least it was a bit similar to what I'm used to. Everyone wanted to ask me all these questions about Australia - I had no idea that it was this unknown, I swear! "Donc...Mégane, you 'ave ever before seen Kangaroo?*" haha, bizzare**! First day was crazy - I understood absolutely nothing, and everyone kept asking me things in French haha I swear my favourite word in French is 'Oui' and otherwise, a blank stare.

My house and town in France are really old, really cute and really different to Australia. In Australia, the houses are usually one floor, with newly-rendered exteriers and massive windows. The houses in France are tall rather than wide on the ground, and their exteriers are really beautiful - I like it!

Anyway, that's it for now I think - see you all soon hopefully!

  • their accents in English are extremely cute!
  • * that's one thing I love about France - the excesive use of the word bizzare haha! (and déjà vu***)
  • ** English definition - Psycology. The illusion of having previouly experienced something actually being encountered for the first time.

French definition - litterally seen (something) already.

Posted by Meg Glass 10:39 Archived in France Tagged living_abroad

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