A couple weeks ago, our program finally changed from taking orientation classes at a small cultural center in Rennes to joining the CIREFE program at the Université de Rennes 2. Two of my friends from the program ended up in classes at the actual university where they met several Erasmus students from Belgium.
This past Thursday, Emmy invited me along when she went to have dinner with the Erasmus students. It was a lot of fun meeting them, and it really made me work hard at communicating in French. Although we sign a contract stating that we will only use French, the reality is that when we are surrounded by our other American CIEE friends, we all fall back on communicating in the language that is most comfortable for us - English (unless, of course, Stacey, or the other directors are around...). So, it was really challenging to use French with young people that aren't my host family siblings or the international students learning French at CIREFE.
We had pizza and pasta at a restaurant in Place Ste. Anne, and since the weather was nice, we even ate outside. After eating, we headed to a small bar for a couple drinks before going back to our respective "homes:" the Erasmus students are living in apartments around the city; Emmy used to live with a host family, but has moved to the university dorms; and I went back to my host family's apartment. Two of the Erasmus students actually live close to my host family, so we took the bus together.
The evening was so much fun, and I hope to hang out with them more!
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