Je suis sur un bateau!...et autre choses...
A couple weekends ago, CILEC ((my French language program)) organized a small trip to a nearby river for a boat ride.
arrived at the meeting spot, just in front of Hotel de Ville, joining a
large crowd of students. I wasn't sure how we were all supposed to get
to the river; there was a lot of us and we were in the middle of the
One bus turned a corner, parking by us. I
scanned the group, then mentally scanned the size of the bus. It was
just a normal city bus, certainly not big enough for the huge group of
us that had signed up to go to the river.
By a feat of
impossible physics we managed to fit five times the legal number of
people onto the small bus. I was stuck in the aisle with scant to hold
on to-- not a problem, thanks to the natural crush of people surrounding
me. The bus driver seemed to make a game of how fast he could take a
roundabout-- I unfortunately become very close to my neighbors.
Twenty five minutes of doing my best sardine impression later, we arrived at the river.
A little river snaked it's way through the hills; we shared the water with an assortment of wind surfers and kayaks.
ride was slightly underwhelming-- we had seen some pictures of a
gorgeous small castle, which was no where to be seen. Just as I thought
the trip was over we made a sharp turn where I had thought the river
The castle was really small, and sadly privately owned, but it was still pretty.
The boat ride wasn't that long, but it was short pretty ride on a river surprisingly close to St. Etienne.
don't have any particularly good excuse as to why it took me this long
to write a blog post. I finally had enough stuff I wanted to blog about
pile up that I decided to write this blog, so I could write other blogs
about my more recent adventures.
In other news, I went
bowling with some friends a couple weeks ago. Bowling here is pretty
popular-- we had to wait for a lane to open up, so we played some pool;
not very popular. We got a lot of stares but it was hard to tell if it
was because a) no one plays pool or b) we were a semi loud group of
foreigners who really sucked at pool.
I went to
Aix-En-Provence last weekend-- it was gorgeous and I can't wait to show
you the pictures. Stay tuned to hear all about it!
Thanks for reading!