My first full day in Rennes (Friday the 6th) and a woman approached us in the bank after hearing English speakers asking for a tutor for her two children! Wow, was not expecting that!
We had an obligatory meeting that morning which went straight over my head; I understood a maximum of 5% of it. Oops. Luckily, with Liza, Ann-Sophie and now Bekah (who is from Cardiff so we had a good natter about Wales!) I had help understanding the jist of the meeting and all the forms. Yes, more forms. The French are obsessed with paperwork I think! We got a free bag and after were offered loads of food and drink, and it wasn’t half made sandwiches, custard creams and some squash like you would expect in Britain; we had a huge variety of food, so posh I couldn’t name it if I tried, along with fresh juice and some sort of bread cake thing that I wish I took a photo of because I have no idea what it was. Later, the five of us went out to Saint Anne to a pizzeria that night which was scrummy. The French sure know how to cook!
The weather was beautiful and I ran into Chloe so had a chance to thank her for all of her help and translation the other day. My thanks were in English though unfortunately as I still don’t have the confidence to speak in French. But, tomorrow I am going to man up and attempt to have at least 50% of my speaking in French! So what if I get it wrong, I will learn something I’m sure.
I’m currently sitting in my room adding to the scrapbook that Liz and Emma got me as a leaving present. It’s coming along well, I picked up various leaflets today to glue into it. No plans for tomorrow so far, Monday through Friday will be more organising: my bank account, a phone sim, a library/campus/town tour and probably yet more French paperwork!