|Yann the man, a cool looking truck, and some Braderie items being sold|
|Marie-Jose trying on a majorly vintage helmet at one vendor station|
|I forgot to take a photo, so Google helped me out on this one...|
After lunch, I left my host family and met up with some exchange friends and we walked around taking everything in. It's so insane the amounts of people that are everywhere in the city. Not just one part, or one street is busy, everywhere is full of people and vendors. The cool thing is the majority seems to be French too, it's like one big French party! My friends and I went to a little terrace in "La Grande Place" to refresh and get some drinks. There was this goofy guy in a yellow shirt and red bowtie who had like 4 straw hats that said "Yes We Peli'can" on them on his head and he walked around trying to get people to sing along with the mini band they had there. I wanted a hat so badly and apparently the only way to get one was to sing. So I sang my heart out, to some French song I didn't even know, reading French lyrics I didn't understand how to read, and I still didn't get a hat! Like I didn't know I was that bad...
Luckily Ty (from the US) has a kind heart and ended up giving me his :)
|Way too pumped on getting a hat.|
It was SO COOL at night! Everywhere you went the streets were crowded with people having a fabulous time. It was ten times crazier than it had been during the day, and it honestly felt like everywhere you went you were in a giant party. We walked around looking and laughing at everything that was going on, and then my host parents ran into friends of theirs they hadn't seen in a while so we went to their house for a visit! They had a peaceful and beautiful backyard, similar to the my host family's, and we sat there for a little while then moved inside. We were there till half past one in the morning and I was soooooooo exhausted. I felt so bad I kept falling asleep right in front of them! The life of an exchange student is always interesting. We were finally home at around 2am and I practically fell into bed.
And then this morning I went for a 9km run with Yann! Yann is crazy good at running, like crazy good. I mean I thought my running was okay because I can run 5km no problem. Yann's idea of a fun run is a marathon. He even runs ultra marathons (like we are talking 100km...insanity.) Anyway, it was so cool to be able to run with him, and he was able to show me a good running route so hopefully I can keep the croissants from making me obese if I get a running routine established.
Today was another visit to La Braderie and I actually bought something other than food. Yay! I spent most of the day hanging with friends and meeting new people once again; it never stops being cool here!!!!