Cool things that have recently been happening here and there in France:
I went to a huge soccer (football) match! Lille vs. Marseilles. There was a player from the Lille team who recently traded to Marseilles and the crowd hated him. Poor guy got booed like crazy. The entire stadium was filled with the red of the Lille team, except for a caged off area to the right of where we were sitting filled with the significantly lesser population of blue shirted Marseilles fans. They sang and cheered and chanted throughout the entire game... but it wasn't enough. It looked like it would be a match without goals, until Lille scored in the last 5 minutes and the crowd went WILD! It was awesome! Cold! But awesome!
|spot the tourist|
|panoramic view from my spot|
I joined an all girl soccer (football) team! Early winter evenings, cold weather and long days at school have been sort of not been permitting me from doing any of the running I normally would to keep active during the week, and it began to drive me a little crazy. I decided to find myself a sports team I could participate in, and soccer was my first choice. It's a sport I've always regretted stopping, so why not use the opportunity of the "sorry I'm so bad, I'm foreign." excuse and get out and join a team. Gabby wanted to get in on some sport activity with me, so the two of us found an all girls team (after some google back road searching) not far from where we live that didn't have a problem with two not so great foreigners joining the team. Only been once so far, but it was really fun, exercise is great! Plus we met a really cool English speaking Swedish girl who's spending the year here as a nanny.
One day during a break at school my friends and I hijacked the blackboard. Look at the adorable note they wrote me!
|"Siobhan is the best Canadian of the world"|
Marion snapped a pic of my between-classes nap.
Bus rides to gym class, these kids like to laugh a lot. <3
|Hugo, Marion, Jean|
|Excuse my crazy twitchy looking eyes|
|Captured a quick photo of the sun going down on my street on my last walk back to this house from school.|
Today I got to really hang out and spend time with my second host family for the first time. There's Valentine the mom, Mathieu the dad, Augustin-18, Louise-17, Edward-14, and Suzanne-11. I hope I got all the spellings on those right... Mathieu's family had a big reunion at his sister's house in the country today that I was invited to be a part of. There was a huge amount of aunts, uncles, and cousins there to celebrate Christmas and exchange presents. They're such a lovely group of people that it felt really cool to see them all there together during these holidays. I was happy to just be an observer, then Valentine surprised me with a beautiful scarf and gloves that she'd knit for me herself!! It was so unexpected but so incredibly thoughtful. It's moments like those that make me feel at home away from home.
Christmas is almost here, and then I'm off to go skiing in the French Alps. I am PUMPED. Yay Holidays!!! I love December.