On Wednesday, we had our last enology class and then we had the afternoon off to prepare for our farewell meal. For the farewell meal all of us students made food from our respective countries. So a lot of the American students made things like grilled cheese, hot dogs, and rice krispie treats. My friend Allison and I decided to make potato salad which turned out pretty good! So we spent Wednesday afternoon preparing all of the food, and then that night we walked to campus and had our potluck dinner. It was a lot of fun!
Purdue Girls at the Farewell Dinner!
Me and my Illinois/Missouri buddies!
Some of the group with Djamel (our coordinator)
The first winery we visited on Thursday
The second winery we visited (the organic one)
A monument dedicated to French soliders who fought in WWI
We came across some bumper cars in the park, so naturally we rode them!
Look what we ran into in the museum's garden!
Then on Sunday, I took the train to my internship. It was tough lugging my stuff around the city, but at least I finally made it! When I got to the train station my host dad and his daughter were there to pick me up. The little girl was so excited, she ran right up to me and gave me a big hug. She's so cute! They drove me home, showed me my room, and then I helped my host mom make lunch. We made salmon, prawns, and vegetables and had raspberries, peaches, and creme brulee ice cream for dessert. It was all so good! And I'm really excited because my host mom says she loves to cook too so I think we're going to get along just fine!
And today was my first day on the job. I woke up early and went to the vineyard with my host dad. I helped plant new vines for one of their experiments. The vineyard I'm working on is an experimental vineyard so they do research on different aspects of grape growing and wine making. It was a long day, but I really enjoyed it. I worked for about 3 hours in the morning. Then we came home for lunch and had Ratatouille!!!! It was my first time having real French Ratatouille and I loved it! After lunch we headed back to the vineyard for another 4 hours. Then we came home and I played tennis with my host brother in the pool and we practiced counting in French and English! He's taking English classes right now so hopefully we'll be able to teach each other. Other than that, everything's been good. The language barrier is really difficult, but I'm sure it'll get easier with time!