Archive for the 'France' Category
Glad to be back from France. Seeing Laura at the airport last night is one of my happiest moments.
My internet connection stopped working on Saturday, so there are some pictures I still need to post. Hopefully those will be up this afternoon. There should also be some pictures posted on the ESC site today, so once I find them I’ll throw up a link.
And for those interested, the Shadowmoor pre-release will be held April 19-20 at the Olathe Holiday Inn across from the Great Mall.
So the past few days have been pretty busy with school going on. I haven’t taken many pictures, though I should have some from the cigarette factory we’re touring this afternoon. Classes have been meh, but the experience around it has been fantastic. Interacting with people from all over the world has been enlightening, and touring French companies has provided a wonderful learning experience. Today, we are in groups writing a paper on how the companies we have visited market internationally. Tomorrow we give a presentation over one of the companies, then we’re done! Most of the KU students are heading back up to Paris or to Lyon, but I’ll be giving Clermont-Ferrand the benefit of my presence for another two days before coming home on Monday morning.
Update: The cigarette trip was canceled when the bus was late. Not just France late, really late. Instead, we toured the city and checked out different kinds of cheese. We all got free samples of some wonderful, 14 month old stuff.
By the way, in France, both Coke and Pepsi are flavored differently, so don’t expect a taste of home with them. Coke has a diety flavor, while Pepsi is just odd.
Today we had our tour of the region. We took a bus into the mountains about 20 min. out of the city where there is just farmland as far as you can see. It’s like a hilly Kansas, only there isn’t anything growing in any of the fields. It reminded me of Monty Python’s mud farmers. There was no cell phone signal (not that I get signal anyway), and the people out there do not speak any English. It was windy, cold, and rainy in the mountains, so we all wished we had worn warmer clothing.
We saw a castle, which was not as much fun due to the cold, windy weather. Many pictures were still taken, and the camera survived the rain. We then went to a Romanesque church, which was very cool inside.
We formed groups, and mine will be pretty sweet. We ate at one of the few stores open on Sunday, and I had a pretty good chicken sandwich and fries (with ketchup!). A very good day.
Oh, and there may be some duplicate pictures posted today, I forgot to delete them from the camera last time I posted, and I don’t want to look through them to figure out which can be gotten rid of.
It’s my second day in France. Yesterday was not the best. The combo of being tired, hungry, and not knowing the language added up to me being very homesick. Today was much better. I got into the new hotel, found a good chicken sandwich, McDonald’s (which I didn’t eat at yet), and the busy mall. Check out the pictures on AOL at the link on the previous post.