Wow. A lot has happened since my first post. I guess the best way to go about updating on my life is to make a brief timeline.
September 20- The day I had been waiting for for months. I left for France.
September 21- Arrived in Paris, took a train to Strasbourg. My roommate Sarah picked me up and we (along with all my luggage) took the tram to our apartment. She showed me around the apartment and our room and I freaked out. Why did I EVER think moving to France was a good idea?? Wanted to go home. Badly. Eventually met our other roommate Chrissy and went out and met some other assistants. Liked everyone a lot and had fun but was still miserable. Also jetlagged.
September 24-27- Both of my roommates went out of town for the weekend. I anticipated a miserable weekend at home, internet-less and friendless. Instead, I spent a lot of time with other assistants and was never home. Started to feel much better about moving to France.
September 30- took a day trip to the Black Forest in Germany with some other assistants. Had fun. Ate cake.
October 1- first day of work at my lycee. It was fine...first of MANY sessions of "Ask the English assistant whatever you want". As expected (since it's a technical/professional school), almost all of the students are boys, which kind of changes the classroom dynamics. Overall, they seem like really good kids and I'm looking forward to working with them.
October 1-3- went to Stuttgart, Germany to celebrate the Volksfest, which is basically like Stuttgart's version of Oktoberfest. It was a LOT of fun. In addition to drinking 3 liters of beer and dancing and singing on tables, we visited an Army base and hung out with Chrissy's parents and aunt and uncle, who are awesome.
So that's pretty much my life right now! In the three weeks I've been in France, I've fallen in love with a beautiful city, become friends with some awesome people, and started a new job.
I'll try to update more often...once a week hopefully. Tchao!