Week 1: Met Maria Belgae
We started our week with breakfast with myself, Avril, Christina and Nina. We then had our first lecture with Paavo Wiro. Our class is combined with students from USA and Canada so we have met some wonderful people. Homework and groups assigned case study to present Tuesday morning. After lunch we spent the afternoon with our French teacher, Phillip Oguet learning French language and culture.
On Tuesday the last of the Australian students arrived, now a total 5, American students 5 and one Canadian student makes up our summer school class. Wednesday morning we had a lecture with Serena Rovai before spending the afternoon free for exploring!
On Thursday we had our first company visit to Jeanne M in Fouras, a skin care company, where we met the owner whom has made her company into a luxury brand and will be manufacturing every month as she has signed with distributors recently. Previously manufacturing once per year! We had a second site visit on Friday to Matlama in La Rochelle, where we met the owner and creator of bags, primarily using materials with water base. Pool covers, sails, oyster pots! Unusual for sure. Saturday Walking tour with guide to showcase La Rochelle, even visiting German bunker museum. Evening, 4th July we enjoyed the American and Canadian hospitality celebrating Independence Day.
Week 2: All work, no play
We have had an amazingly busy week with lots of reports, field trips, lecturers, etc, etc
Our French is definitely improving, with all students engaged in French language and culture classes, and living in France we are forced to adapt ourselves to using our French skills all of the time.
We have been blessed with another amazing week of warm weather, not as hot or humid as our first week or, we are acclimatising.
Tomorrow, Saturday our class heads to Paris for the weekend, we have visits for and homework for our school work to present and completed for submission on Monday morning 9.00 analysing the weekends attractions, as I said no rest, all work.
"The program as a whole was fantastic. The entire teaching team had so much expertise and have consistently been renowned worldwide Maastricht as a whole was a fantastic place to be based. A great town. The weekend trips were definitely a highlight. Being able to pack our bags on a Thursday night ready for a great weekend was probably the best part of the experience, this is not including visiting the ICJ because that topped it ALL!!"