Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Time is flying by


Haven't written in awhile again...oops. But I have so much to say now! Last weekend, the 3rd of December is where I'll begin. The Rotary club of Laval has decided to organize weekends for Naz, Manon and I. Each Rotarian is supposed to take us somewhere for a weekend or a day. So our first trio was with Madame Feng whose son, Benoit, was in Taiwan last year. We stayed the night at her house, where each of us got our own room. Then the next day, saturday, we went and visited three castles in one day. She took us to a French restaurant and also later in the day to a tea cafe place where they not only have tea and coffee but a whole room full of delicious looking pastries and desserts beyond belief.  We all went home after doing a little bit of shopping and ate and then went to sleep. Oh, and on the first night that we were there (friday night) there was also a dinner with some Rotarians, and we ate some escargots. =D The next day we were handed off to another Rotarian who took us to a really old-but-cool sale thing. Kind of like goodwill/a yardsale. It was called a vente. I found a cute cute backpack, one that I've always been looking for, and the lady who brought us there bought it for me! (I was going to pay her back [3 euro] but she told me it was a gift) She also took us to a cafe next to the cinema which was really nice, and we all drank hot cocoa and ate chocolates. Then afterwards we went on a huge boat (with an enclosure)  to see the illuminations of laval up close. So beautiful!

I got sick after that weekend. My voice was completely gone, which steadily grew worse. My throat started getting sore which became painful, which then got worse when I began coughing. I was feeling pretty bad so I didn't go to school on Monday, but instead went to the doctor, which I told my host mom I didn't need to, that I knew that I just needed rest and stuff, but I think a doctors note was needed from the school or something. The doctor just gave me some pills and also said I didn't have to go to school the Tuesday as well. Which I was completely okay with. I also learned that I've gained 1 kilo since being here, which is roughly around 2 pounds or more. So I hope I can keep this slow growth rate and not gain the average 11 kilos.

Only this week and then Christmas break. WOOO!
I have more good news. It's also sad/bad, but also favorable. My second host family is having some problems as so they cannot host me as it is right now. So there is another family in Laval who said they would be happy to host me. The mom called friday night to tell me all of this. She said that they live in the middle of town and so I'll be able to walk to school, they have two kids with the ages of three and two, and there is also a Canadian living there who is like a nanny. I'm pretty happy about this because it means that I'll livei n the city for the rest of the year.



In the big Castle
The lights of Laval



Now for this weekend that just passed. The weekend of the 10th and 11th.
Les Machines
This was the weekend of Nantes. Rotary districts 1650 (mine) and 1510 all bussed (or trained) to the big city of Nantes where we had a super fun weekend. Friday, the 9th Naz and I went to Manon's host familys house to stay the night because her host dad was to drive us to Rennes where we would meet up with our district to bus to Nantes. We visited some huge machines, (you can google it: "Les Machines") ate a delicious snack at a gorgeous hotel, (there were crepes, cakes, nutella, orange juice, hot chocolate, clementines and coffee :), ) went to the christmas market and then returned to the religious center where they were accomodating the 65 of us plus the adults. We then had a gift exchange, and learned a song that we will sing at a huge conference in April. It will be near the Alps with ALL of the Rotary exchange students in France.  There was lots of drama and misbehaving that night as well. Some people might get sent home already, but I don't know details.
The next morning we went to an ice rink and ice-skated! It was super fun, it reminded me of our Yakima ice


rink. :) There were so many awesome people there this weekend! We have a really cool district. I love everybody. Also now, I'm considering going to Taiwan.  I will learn Spanish in Yakima, maybe return to Spain to perfect it, my french will be taken care of this year, and then I just need chinese and I could talk to more than half the world or something like that. ;)
The best part was on the bus ride home, (bus rides are always the best) I was talking with our chairman and his wife, and they asked me to do a short speech in front of 500 people in February! Sounds like fun!
I'm going to try to put together a video this break of the Nantes trip. For now here are some pictures! :

Christmas Market in Nantes





I love them all! We had such a blast








Love, Faith


And here is just a picture of my new class :)

There is also a little video of me and some other exchage students dancing in front of the giant machine elephant that walks. It's for a big project that someone is making. :) Here's my youtube link. You can find all of my videos there.

http://www.youtube.com/user/whiterose764













Sunday, November 27, 2011

I went to Belgium!


This post was in Draft form and never published. Haha :)


Hey everyone!! I just want to let you all know that I was in BELGIUM for 5 days. Europe is so cool. I saw Devyn Husband and Henri Leclef, two of my besties through Rotary. It was so cool to see them on the other side of the world!! I was able to visit Brussels, Mechelen, Brugge, and another town. Brugge is definately the most beautiful. It's like a fairy tale!
I ate escargot, frikadels, belgain fries, chocolate, waffles, swordfish, deer, pheasant philet, and speculoos cookies. I had such a blast!

I was going to post this a long time ago, but it looks like I started it and then forgot about it. Here is a picture when we were in Mechelen, and I'm afraid that's all I have for you because I'm tooooo lazy to type everything. ;)

I was there from the 17th of November to the 22nd, and yes I got to skip some school! =D

Love, Faith

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Did you know that they have dora the explorer here but for english instead of spanish? :P

Hello hello!
At St. Malo with Aja Corliss 
(This section below was written on 10/09/11)

It was my birthday last thursday so I could tell you all about that, but it's rather a bore. But I need to talk about something so here we go! Phewf, it kind of feels like the weekends are being mixed together and I don't really know how long I've been here anymore. My french skills are coming along and I can hold conversations alright, but mostly when the conversation is directed at me, otherwise it's sometimes too much work to listen to what everybody else is talking about. ;) 
So, my birthday.  It was a perfectly calm and peacefull day. A little sad because it made me a little home sick. (the first time). I walked into math class and on the board in big letters was "Thursday October 6th" (Jeudi 6 Octobre) and on the wall was a giant map of the world where I could plainly see how far away I was from my home.  It's strange how much more patriotic I've become. ((10/09/11)


Ok well I gave up that last day, so I'm going to try writing again now. Today is the 2nd of November. :)

I'll finish my birthday recount.  After school (6pm) I went to my room and chilled for about an hour or so. I never do homework. :P But I'm planning on changing that habit soon. My host parents said they had a surprise dinner for me, and so they took me to a place called La Pataterie, which is a potato place. It had a nice country style and I got a s plush potato to take home with me. My host family gave me some nice and useful gifts, which was very kind and then we went home.  The next day I received a package from my family which also had lots of nice gifts and awesome letters.

Next is the update that I wrote in my journal written on October 17:

Let's see if I can recall the events of the last seven days. Monday, school. Tuesday, school. Wednesday after school Manon came to my house for lunch where we ate curry. :) Then my host mom took us to Mayenne to shop.  I had to get a bank account, cell phone and some shoes, which I accomplished in getting all three.  Manon also needed to get some shoes and a cell phone.  You wouldn't believe how good the shopping sis here. Everybody dresses so nice here because it's so easy to find nice things. I bought the cheapest phone there was, it looks like a small black fridge, but it is nice enough. :) The plan is what really mattered. I have unlimited texting while calls cost 26 cents a minute. In total each month I only have to pay 8 euros. Also on that trip Manon and I decided to make a medly of songs and add our own lyrics to them for Rotary.  We'll see if we accomplish that at some point in the future. :)  So thursday, there was nothing other than news that my traveling plans didn't work out and that they had been changed to going to the coast for a day to see Aja Corliss, my bestie from Northbend, Washington who is in the north of France.  Friday I scheduled an appointment with Mr. Brouiller to be moved to premier or terminal. Saturday my host mom and I picked up Naz and Manon and we went to a cheese factory. I love Camembert cheese. :)  
cheese
After this they came to my house and ate a snack and Manon organized my clothes into outfits for me, because I have absolutely no desire? to do that. (I have the word in french but I can't think of the right word in english at the moment.) After this I went to Manon's house. Gabby came and we ate dinner and talked for awhile until Gabby had to leave.  I also forgot to mention that I worked out for the first time in a long time that morning and so I was so sore for the rest of the weekend.  I wish I could go running! (I just bought some new running shoes)  Sunday was the best.  Manon's host dad is so cool! He told me that I could stay past noon without a problem, which normally my host mom would have come to get me at like 11 in the morning because Sunday's are family days normally.  But it was alright and I stayed for the day. :) He even took us on a boat down the river! It was the best Sunday. It was beautiful weather and the river was beautiful as well. We went through the barrage also which was like the locks in Seattle but we operated it ourselves! There was a park upriver and we hopped out for about 10 minutes and just layed in the grass, while waited for her host dad to come back.  After getting back on the boat and going some ways down the river I finally took my shoes off and put them in the water. I sat at the head of the boat like "Helen" with Manon's host dog next to me and sang Just Around the Riverbend from Pocahontas.

I love boats :)
Then at 6 my host family came and took me to the cinema with them where we watched the film "The Artist" where there was a lot of English involved and not much speaking in general. It was a great movie. So that was my week and weekend, now I should continue my writings in french. - Faith :  Written in History class at school.


The next update that I wrote in my journal was from the 21st of October:

Some good news! I'm going to be changing classes after the vacance! I am going to choose Terminal ES1, which is the Economy based group.  I have lots of friend already in that class and I think it will be really funny and nice.  :) The class that I was in (seconde) was really nice and I loved all of my classmates but I'm glad to be moving and meeting new people. I can't wait! Mr. Bouiller gave me the choice of what I wanted in classes and so I have less hours of school now. Yay! Haha, I am so lazy. ;) I chose Terminal because they have a Ball at the end of the year, and I really want to go to one classy French dance.  :) I have other reasons, but that was the main one. ;) -Faith

So today is Wednesday the Second of November and the last day of the first school vacation. Tomorrow I meet my new class at school and I'm a little bit nervous!! I already have friends there, and my french is a lot better, but I am still a bit scared. :)  Things will turn out great though, I know.

I'm going to try and quickly recap these last two weeks of vacation.  I can't really remember the beginning. ;) But I'm pretty sure that it was just chilling at the house or going into town.  I know that one of the days my host mom and host sister and I went to visit a castle and see the beginning of a hunt. They had the bloodhounds, or beagles or whatever they were and everything. It was really quite interesting.
Another day I went to visit my second host family who are really really super nice. They live in the country in a nice cozy house with a big fire place and kitchen, and my host sister to be showed me my room which is so nice and girly. (It will be a good change.) But before that my host mom and I were in another cute village and as we were walking down the street I saw peanut butter in a store window and went inside and bought it. So now I know where to buy peanut butter in France!! It was a sketchy little shop, but peanut butter is peanut butter. :) That day I also tried Mcdonalds here in France for the first time. It's really not very different.
Another day I was invited by my friend Alena from Australia to go to Le Mans which is a bigger city and good for shopping.  Naz and Alena's host mom and sister were also there for the trip.  The Cathedral there was amazingly beautiful! And there were cobblestone streets and amazing views all over the place.
Cathedral
Amazing view 
I love being invited to go places. It is so nice!!

The next day that I'm going to talk about was probably the best day of this vacation.
My host mom drove me to the coast to visit a friend from America. We were early and so my host mom took me to a really beautiful village by the sea where we went on a path on a cliff side. It was so beautiful in the morning!








Somebody wrote this on the beach and I thought it was funny.
XD

The Great wall of China (St. Malo)









Copying the statue in the distance








 We went to Aja's host grandparents house for lunch, where Aja and her host mom were staying for a couple days for vacation.  We had sea food which was so fitting for the occasion of being at the sea. :)  After this Aja and I crossed the street and went down a small alley way until we were on this paved walkway just in front of the ocean.  We went down some stairs and onto the sand.  It was a blast running around barefoot, writing things in the sand and taking a bunch of photos. After this our host moms came and we went for a walk on what Aja and I called the Great Wall of China, but really it was just a rampart of St. Malo. It was so beautiful! As it got later the ocean kept creeping up towards the edge. We walked along the entire side of the rampart until we got to the commercial area of the city. From the rampart Aja and I spyed an ice cream shop and then wanted to get some ice cream the whole time we were walking around the shops.  Finally at the end we found that ice cream shop and ate some delicious ice cream. :) It was well worth the search.  By the time we finished going through the shops and finally buying and eating our icecream we walked back to the house. It was dark by then and time for my host mom and I to leave.  It was really a great day. I wish that I could have stayed longer.

The next Friday I went back to Le mans with my host mom, Manon, and my host sister and her friend. After shopping and spending too much money we went to a swimming pool! It was so GOOD to go swimming again. I wish I could go all the time. :) It was really an awesome day.




Then on Saturday I was invited by some friends from school to their house where I ate something new. It was called Fondue de Bourgouine, or something like that. There was this pot of hot oil in the middle of the table and everyone has little pieces of beef on their plate that they skewer with a metal thing and put it in the pot to cook. We had french fries and green beans and bread along with that. It was really good! Then they showed me around the house, and I showed them videos of my mom's dog business on the computer. After awhile the sister Marine had horse back riding lessons and so I was able to go with them and see a Stable there! It was so awesome! I helped with preparing the horse before riding, brushing the horse and cleaning it's hoofs and putting on the saddle.  Later I left and went home to pack my suitcase because I was invited by a family of Rotary named The Rivals. They have two sons, Thomas and Nicolas who are 9 and 7. I arrived there on Saturday night and ate dinner with them. They had their best friends there who were visiting from Nantes as well. They had two girls, Clara and Ariane. I forgot to mention that they had a big WELCOME sign and two flags, american and french, that the kids had drawn hanging on the staircase in the entry way of the house for when I arrived. They were so nice! The kids were so cute! And it was so good for me to talk and learn with the kids.
Bizzare museum 

Holding up the statue in the distance

Clara copying the fish in the pond

Delicious pizza at an Italian restaurant 

:)

The forest
  

Each day that I was there we went on some sort of outing.  We went to an outdoor museum one day and saw tons of weird statues that were so interesting! The artist who created them was either crazy or just had a huge imagination. That night we went to an Italian pizza restaurant. It was so good!!  The next day we went for a walk in the forest. It is all so beautiful here! And it feels like it never rains when I'm outside. I feel really lucky! We also went to a zoo one of those days that I was there. I have never been to a zoo so it was so cool!! I fed a peanut to a monkey!! I saw so many cool things. It was a great time. I spent three days with that them. They have a really nice family and I was invited back for a week of Christmas vacation as well.

So today was my day of catching up on the little things that I needed to get done, and I'm glad to say that I did finish quite a bit of them. Time to sleep. School tomorrow. I love you all and am so glad that you are reading this. :) Sorry I'm a bit slow in updating. There should be some videos sometime soon! I got an editing app on my ipod. :) Anyways, chow.
-Faith Stoneman

p.s. Please disregard the spelling errors and poor english. ;)






















Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Another great week,,.or two? :)





Another amazing weekend!!! It's already wednesday but I need to tell you about it before I forget everthing that happened. 

To begin I will make the format simple:

Friday:
I found out i could hike in high heels last friday. Apparently the week before in my Physics/chemistry class we were told to wear good hiking shoes and warm clothes but I was either half asleep or just didn't comprehend what was being said. So we had a field trip to the outskirts of Laval where there's a little forest and we did some hiking and looking at dirt and leaves.  It wasn't so bad because of the heels, only that it was morning and the dew on the grass was freezing cold! ;) But I made it alive without losing any toes to frostbite, and I even broadened my array of friends, because of the random people who kept asking if I was doing alright. It was easy to joke around then and make people laugh. Someone once told me that nobody can dislike somebody that can make them laugh.
After school I headed home, and after a couple hours my host mom brought me back into town to spend the night at Manon's house because we had an early day the next day and I live in Bonchamp, not Laval.  So we went out and the mini carnival is still there and so we rode the bumper cars and it was actually quite fun! A little painful, but quite worth it. After that we went to look at the movie theater, then, quite impulsively, we bought some indecently expensive tickets and went to watch a horror movie.  It wasn't so bad, other than everybody died in terrible ways. But the good thing was that I could understand it. I caught some jokes here and there, but really, in a horror movie, you don't really need too many words. :P 
The next morning...

Saturday: 
Naz came by in the morning while Manon and I were making our insanely American breakfast. (It was good to eat something more than wheat in the morning.) We were then all taken to a vineyard and we helped cut the grapes of the vines and put them in buckets and then sort them on these grand tables all the while tasting one grape to see if it was sour and then chucking it at someone or the trees if it was.
That was extremely fun. :)
Next, we finished and all left to a big barbeque. It wasn't the same of course, there weren't any buns or hamburgers. It was this Ricoti chicken stuff and some kind of hot dog, but it was more, how to say, real?  The bread that we ate them with was like a baguette but more flat.  Also, there was a lot of Camembert cheese which is my favorite, and also a lot of wine. 
Cheese and Wine really isn't a stereotype ;)
So we finished there and left to explore an old catholic church *while searching for a bathroom* and then went back to Laval, singing all the way to the radio. :) 

I was taken to the president of my other  host clubs house where I would stay the night because I had another early morning for sunday.  The president is actually the only women member in the club.  And she is so nice!  Her apartment is also beautiful. Its on the top story and has a balcony that has an amazing view of Laval's castle and an old church, as well as the Mayenne river.  I had my own room.  She gave me all the time I wanted to take a shower, and even let me use this really fancy hair dryer/curler. :) Then she took me shopping and showed me all of the really chic et raffiné shops around town.  We looked for some fancy shoes but the whole trip I only ended up getting a free perfume sample from Sephora, which is now my favorite. :)  Afterwards we left to go to a Handball match where her niece was playing. It is quite a different sport, you'll have to look it up.  There was also a basketball game right next door so I was able to go watch that as well. French people in my city really get worked up over basketball while they're in the stands. Shouting and all. 
I was invited by Madame President's niece to go running with her and maybe even to some handball practices so I could learn how to play. 
It was really late when we returned home, so I went straight to bed. After having some orange juice for dinner of course. :)

Sunday:
I forgot to say that I was on a can too! :)
The next day we picked up Manon (I forgot to say that I invited her the day before to come, even though she's not in that club with me) and headed off to Laval.  There was a big event that my host club was setting up.  There were two races in Mayenne that day. A bike race, and a running race.  We helped set up, and left to go see the beginnings of both of the races.  For the running race, it so happened that there was a young man from Chicago who was running, and so while he ran by the man with the microphone handed it to me and I got to cheer for him in English.  That was a blast. :)

We helped at our little stand for awhile. It was a game with a lot of cans with the pictures of the rotary members on them, and people threw tennis balls at them to try to knock them all off the table. There weren't any prizes and it cost 1 euro for three balls, but still a lot of people played. I was amazing, and felt a little bad watching the kids leave without any candy or anything.

After that there was a pik nik. (I forgot to mention that from the very morning they had two pigs roasting over two spits.  That was a first to see. But it was really great there. We were introduced to an American woman who lives in Mayenne now whose married to a Latino, and she invited us over for some mexican food! A taste of home. haha :)

The chef was nice too :)
After we ate the pig and some other things we piled in the car and slept all the way home. Or at least I did. 

It was an amazing weekend. :)  Then school early monday. And I'm going to write quickly because there were some cool things that happened. First there was another field trip, but for PE, which was much more fun, and then after school I had a doctors appointment. Doctor's appointments are so much nicer here! It makes me want to practice here, when I'm old. I found out my weight and height in kilometers and kilos, and it turns out that when we converted it back to pounds, I have actually lost quite a bit of weight. Which is really strange..  Then right away after practice we went to the basketball courts and I was able to practice with the team I had talked about before! They are all so nice!  I practiced with them again today, and then will again on friday. It is SO good to have an activity! I love it. :)  I'm still searching for a Christian church too. But since God has answered that prayer, I think this one is next. :))

Also yesterday, Tuesday, a lot of teachers were on strike, so I didn't have to start school until 10am, and then I only had two classes the whole day because all of the teachers were gone. :) 

Well that's all for now folks! Starting to miss old Yak Town, but I'm fairing alright here. (I just finished reading this really strange/interesting book so I think I'm typing differently.)  ;)

Hugs!

Love,
Faith

P.S.  I really miss hugs.




























Saturday, September 17, 2011




Coucou!

How are you? Well, Here I'm doing great. Another week of school down and I am now fully submerged into my class.  I belong to two different groups of girls and even with the guys (since they are all one group). 
Also new news! There is another exchange student in my class. He's from Ireland and his name is Emmett. He doesn't talk much, and when he speaks french it's a little bit funny, and also when he speaks English. ;) But nahh, I'm just glad that I'm not the only exchange student in this gigantic school!

In other news, I have decided that I am going to be really good with french in a months more time because I'm a bit tired of not understanding things.  :) I think I can do it.! :)

So that was pretty much my whole week, going to school and then coming home and some of the days playing basketball outside with Constantin.  But friday my friend Naz invited me to a concert! I was so glad. The concert was really cool! The first group was a really strange group of four old men who resemble Einstein or Beethoven with their hair the way it was, but whose music was nice to listen too, just a bit funny to watch. ;)  The next group was a band called Archimède who i really liked! They sound exactly like an American band whose name I've forgotten, but in french. It was cool. :)  After the concert Naz spent the night at my house and then today we went a visited a castle! This weekend castles all over France are apparently open to be toured by the commonly type. The castle we visited was called Castle of Plessis-Bourre. It was so beautiful! I want to live in a Castle! We actually talked to the lady who lived in the castle.



 After we visited the castle and drove to look at another we went home and ate dinner, and then went to a basketball game where Constantin plays.  The game was really rough and it was a tie at the end so they played another 10 minutes and they still ended up with a tie. Then they played another 10 minutes and finally our team Laval won. :) I love basketball. It is almost the same as in the US.




 It was an awesome day today. :) I love weekends. And well, I better get some sleep. I don't know what i'm doing tomorrow.

Love, Faith



























































Sunday, September 11, 2011

School and other things

Naz :)
Hey again!

Sorry that it's taken about another week for me to update. I didn't want to write anything with the way things were.  Monday I started school and it was seriously tough. Not the classes or the teachers because they were all super nice, but the inability to understand and speak my mind drove me to tears.  Each day that week I came home completely exhausted and collapsed on my bed and let myself cry after holding it in all day long.  Friday, however, was so much better.  I started the day with the poor outlook of another miserable eight hour wait, but after the first period I started to feel better, and soon I was back to my old self again and was able to talk more and have a good time. I've been invited to go shopping Monday after school, and on Wednesday again to someones house and then shopping or something. I love it! I just wish my host family gave me a bit more freedom, because I don't have much.


The street of my school
and my third host family:)


Last night I had the best time with the other exchange students and their host siblings and friends at one of their houses. Then I had a sleep over at Naz's house (she's from turkey) afterwards.  Oh and before that we went to a Turkish restaurant where Naz talked to the people there! It was really cool, and Kebobs are really good. :)

Today I went to the local gymnasium and watched girls my age play basketball! My host mom and I talked to the coach who said I could play with them! I met one of the girls on the team too, she was so nice! And they won their game also, they're really good. :) I'm so glad to be doing something extracurricular!
There are some details that need to be worked out for me to do this.  But I will get what I want with this.  Phewf, it's so hard to get what I want(need ;)) over here. Everything is difficult. But I think things are getting better.  :)

So I love France. I can't stop saying how beautiful it is.


Love, Faith


























Sunday, September 4, 2011

First Rotary District Conference

This is the group of Inbounds in front of the Pool(s)
Dis donc! I'm here again letting you know about how things are going here in France.  I hope wherever you are, you are doing great and I'm glad that your reading my blog. :)

Today I woke up early and ate a croissant with nutella for breakfast. mmmm.  Then my host mom and I left for Rennes, where we met up with all of the Rotary Youth Exchange Peoples of District 1650.  We gathered and talked and then us "Inbounds" left for the swimming pool.  I wish I had a better picture of it, because it was quite different. The boys weren't allowed to swim because they had swim shorts which were considered "unclean" to swim in the pool with.   And another cool thing was, right outside the swimming pool there was a type of miniature zoo, or something.  But there was a pond with ducks, and then a little forest beyond that with a different type of deer.  They were quite beautiful. :) 

Kind of distant


Alors, when we returned we listened to some rules, introduced ourselves and then ate lunch, which was canard (duck) avec steak frites (french fries.)  Which by the way was my first time eating french fries in France. ;)  After eating we went outside and took some group photo's and said our good bye's.
I love my district.

Upon returning home, it was time for my oldest host sister Domitille to leave to Nantes for University. So I hopped in the car with her so that I could speak as much English as possible before my language would be restricted to French forever. ;)  It was sad, I really like Domitille.  She will be back to visit in a couple weeks though.  Tomorrow Aster leaves for boarding school too, and so it will only be my brother Constantin who will still live at home. 

Tomorrow school starts!  I found out today that all of the other exchange students that are in my city will be in one school and that I am the only one who will have to fend for myself in a totally different school. Theirs is supposed to be really easy and mine is supposed to be really strict and tough. Oh joy. ;)  But I am excited to go and try something new, and I think that it is for the better that I'm by myself. That way I can make all new friends and speak more french.  And I have God with me, so everything cool. ;)
I met my third host family at the rotary event today as well. They seem really really nice and cool, and they live right across from my school, so I can go there when school get's out when I want to. :)  Everything is turning out great! I'm so glad. 

Oh and I was given the key to the house today! With a cute tiger key chain.  And I was put through a tutorial of how to open and lock the front door since it's a little bit broken.

It has already been 10 days here and I already feel like I belong.

Well, until next time! :)

Love, Faith













Saturday, September 3, 2011



Bonjour encore!

Yet again another beautiful day in France. I went running today with my host sisters riding on their bikes next to me.  We had to cross this crazy french highway and had to wait forever to be able to.  It kind of is true about the crazy driving here.  I see a lot of motorcycles, the crotch rocket kind, and I really want one more than ever!  There are barely any police (that I see) and they race so fast.

So later we went to a community center type of event where there were a bunch of people with booths, and a bunch of parents running around signing up their kids for activities.  I found a brochure about basketball in my town and hopefully I will be able to play. Then after that we drove to a nearby town where I met my "host grandparents." They were really nice and very short, ha ha. :)  They have a gorgeous house and a really big lawn with a ton of trees. There is a garden house and also they have three or so different types of apple trees.  We talked for awhile, and then grandpa brought out game for us to play. It was bocce-ball! My grandparents at home have this game and so I knew already how to play.  It was so cool! Here at the grandparents house they even had their own private court to play on.
 The teams were the young against the older.  We lost. ;(  Hahaha.  So afterwards we ate some crepes for a snack and then left for home.  The break has been really nice, but I am ready for things to start happening.  Tomorrow there is going to be the Rotary event which should be fun! And then school the day after! Woo! Pray for me!

Love, Faith







































Friday, September 2, 2011

Aster and I
Allo again!

Woo!  I'm day number two with updating. :) I think I'll try for everyday so I only have to write a little bit. ;)  Well today was a very calm day. Straight away when I woke up I had to hurry to get dressed as we went to the grocery store which we walked to. We bought some ingredients to make some chocolate chip cookies and puppy chow.  So later I made the puppy chow. They liked it a lot I think. :)  I thought of some things that I should have brought with me:  Marshmellows and graham crackers and more peanut butter. Maybe one of you reading this can send me them? You know who you are.  Oh and maybe Chex Mix too? I used corn flakes since they don't have anything like chex mix.  And it still turned out yummy. :)  Well another great day in France.  And only two more days till School starts! Wooo, wish me luck!

Love, Faith

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Life in France so Far

I tried making a video, i was going to try and edit it more to take out the useless stuff, but it was taking too long so i'm okay with this. :) This is the beginning of the trip, the airplanes and such. :)

Well I arrived here in France last week, it has already been a week!!!  For the first couple of days i didn't have internet so I wasn't able to create any posts for my blog, and for the other times I was just lazy.  But I have been journaling so I will go back and look at what I wrote for those days for you.  Maybe more videos will be coming also, if i can figure out how to make them cool. ;)

-Okay let's start at my arrival.  I did not have jet lag at all. I traveled with about 20 people all the way here and all the way to my city so I never felt lost or scared at all.  It was nice, but for me, secretly I might have liked it to be a bit more adventurous. ;)  So from Paris the lot of us of District 1650 hopped on a charter bus and went to our cities.  My stop was first so I was able to say goodbye to everybody. I will see them all again on Sunday. We're going swimming in Rennes. :) WOO! My favorite.  Anyways, my family picked me up from where the bus stopped and we drove home and my host sister showed me around the house.  Then we had a little appetizer dinner outside where they had gathered some different foods which they thought I wouldn't know, I was familiar with all, they just had different brand names. :)  Then for dinner we had something to do with cheese, vegtables and bread. Domitille my host sister made everything including the chocolate mousse dessert which was called Charlotte. :) After dinner we played a board game called "Knack-Knick" which was almost exactly like the game "Sorry" that we played all the time at my grandparents house. Alors, overall the first day was great. :)                p.s.  I didn't know I could speak french, but apparently I can a little bit. :)

A head in the ground

Some birdies

An overlook of my city Laval

-The next day, August 25, 2011, my host mom and sister took me to Jardin Public de la Perrine, which was a beautiful park that had animals and carousels and lot's of trees. and there was even a random fake head in the ground. .. ;)

- The next day I went to check out my school with my host mom. It totally looks everything like it would in the movies. And it's supposedly strict. :0  I start school on monday so we will see how it goes.

- The other days that have passed we haven't done much, mostly go shopping or tour around Laval.

-Today which is the first of September, I went with my host sister to a friends house who will be going to my school and they kind of live near so we walked there. They were two sisters and they were really nice. :) Maybe i will ride the bus with them to school.  We ate some crepes with Nutella inside of them, it was sooo good. :) And for dinner tonight we also had something delicious, it was called a Tart, but it was more like a pizza. :) Haha it had green, red and yellow peppers and lots of cheese. And for dessert we ate something called Fromage blanc, which translated is white cheese, and it had the consistency of yogurt, but we put jam in it and mixed it up and it was also really good. :)  I also played basketball with my host brother after dinner, who taught me a really cool spinning trick for shooting better. I hope that I can join a team here!

Well once again, it is late. And perhaps I will write again soon. :)  Hope you enjoy the little bit that I can give you at the moment. :)

Love, Faith