Well, this morning I went to mass at Saint Melaine, which is right at the front of Parc Thabor, a huge sculpted park in the center of Rennes. The church is very nice, though certainly not the most gorgeous church I've been in. It's also very traditional, and at this particular mass they were welcoming a new priest so the service took twice as long as usual (in other words, two hours instead of one; and completely in French, of course). Needless to say, by the end my brain was rather tired. I understood a lot of what was going on, but I felt a bit like a mute because I couldn't say most of the prayers, even the Our Father, because I quite frankly don't know them in French. I think next week I'll bring a sheet with the mass parts written out for myself.
I got back home just in time for lunch. Then, at 4:00 we went to the cinema with the sister and mother of my host mother (all of her family lives in Rennes). The film we saw was called "Non, ma fille," and I barely got the jist of the plot line. It was a very complex movie and had a lot of French psychology in it, which is why I didn't really understand it. Although, I'm sure it would have been a good movie if I'd been able to understand more. Or even if there had been French subtitles.
After the film, we went up to my host mother's mother's apartment, which is really very close to the theater in Colombia (a section of town where the most shopping, nightlife, and the major library are located). Her apartment is very nice and has a great view of that part of the city. We had an aperatif of sorts--just nuts, banana chips, and white wine. Then, we headed home, stopping by a bakery on the way to pick up bread for the evening and tomorrow morning. Sunday, my host mom doesn't fix dinner, so we eat leftovers or make a sandwich. All the other meals she cooks, though. She also had some blackberry jam going on the stove all day.
After dinner, I went upstairs to do homework and listen with relief to some American music. After a full day of speaking, hearing, and even thinking in French, I'm totally ready for some English immersion!
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