I'm starting to think people are changing the clocks in my sleep and I'm missing multiple days at a time – this trip is going so fast! I know people always say the most exciting things go the fastest but it's honestly so true. The days at school seem to pass as normal (potentially even slower) but suddenly before you know it, the week is over and it's time to plan the weekend again! It's potentially because my brain has reached bursting point from the non-stop French and now I'm just delirious, but who knows.
Although this week’s classes haven't been much different to the past two weeks, for some reason they've felt extremely different. I think being constantly surrounded by French – quite literally from the moment you get up in the morning to the moment you go to sleep – has really helped me to finally click into gear and all the years of practice I have behind me have finally begun to pay off. Largely I've learnt to trust myself and my French abilities and to just have a crack at speaking even if I'm not 100% sure on how to say what I want. After all, I'm here to learn French and there's no way I'll improve without trying! Above everything else though, the most important things I have learnt while being here is:
- To never pass up on the €0.35 hot chocolate from the vending machine at CAVILAM, and
- Monoprix definitely have the best pain au chocolat in Vichy (trust me, I've tried every one I've found).
The search for the perfect pain au chocolat led me to Lyon this weekend; and although I didn't actually have any, I did manage to find myself a three-course lunch in one of Lyon’s beautiful laneways. In addition to living up to its gastronomy fame, Lyon was also one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited! A quick little two hour train on Saturday morning placed us in the heart of the town by midday just in time to drop off our bags at our hostel and find some food. The winding alleys felt like they were something out of a movie I never wanted to end. There was even a little bit of London in Lyon with the main square of town having its own little Lyon Eye.
For the evening entertainment for the Aussies, a Lyon v Lille soccer game was waiting. The astmosphere at the stadium was incredible and despite not following the French soccer league, I couldn't help but get caught up in the excitement. If I ever get the chance to see another game in France I will definitely jump at the opportunity.
And so now it's the beginning of the last week! I don't know how this has come around so fast but it's all been so amazing (even the sub-zero days) that I don't think I would change any of it. With one week left, let's hope it's full of exciting last moments! And so, until next week…
A tout à l’heure!