Monday, October 8, 2012

AFS Weekend!

Hello world!

Well, for those of you (if there are those of you) who follow the blog regularly enough to notice, my post is a bit late this week. That's because I was away basically all weekend, so I didn't get a change to write. What was I doing this weekend, you want to know? Well, I had an AFS reunion with the other exchange students in my region about 1 hour north of the capital Poitiers; that's 2 hours north of where I live. There were maybe 25 students there (from all over the world) and 8 or so AFS staff/volunteers.

So on Saturday morning I baked this super cool yogurt cake thing that Benedicte taught me, and then we met up with the three other AFSers in Angouleme and one of the volunteers for the weekend who had offered to drive us. In the afternoon we played group games, had a snack, met with our liaisons one on one, and had a talking to about health and contraception. Yay! Then we had a big potluck dinner, with the food that everyone had brought (I ate WAY too much) and learned a medieval dance. DANCE PARTY!

Needless to say, I didn't sleep that much that night. Ah well. In the morning we had hot chocolate/tea/coffee, bread with butter and jam, and the rest of the cakes that didn't get eaten the night before. Then we did some more group activities, went for a walk, saw some sheep...

...had lunch, and had a talk on the french education system (not like we've been living it for a month already or anything). Then parents came and we socialized for an hour or so before departing for Angouleme. All in all, it was a fun weekend and I felt like I got to know other AFS students a lot better than at the initial orientations.

So it's back to school. In case you were wondering, here's a photo of the "cours"--it's sort of an inner courtyardy thing that the buildings surround. Actually, there are two of them: one that is mostly surrounded by middle school classrooms, and one that is mostly lycee.

There is a cafeteria and also le ZAP. In general, the cafeteria has more balanced but less yummy meals. On the other hand, I did get this at the ZAP the other day:

And of course, at home there's always:

chez moi :)