Dancing, swimming, and having a blast !

Hello again friends and families !  I can’t believe how quickly the program is flying by.  The students are really busy preparing for the farewell show and planning for Paris, but we’re still having lots of fun in the meantime.  Monday night this week we organized a dance party for the students at school, which was a big hit!  We asked them to bring snacks and drinks, and we prepared the room and put together a playlist.  All of the students danced, sang, and had a really great time.

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The first arrivals.
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Practicing the bises while waiting on the others.

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They had all these dances I had never seen before!

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It was hard to get good photos with the lighting and the dancing, but I just had to include this one. Emily did the worm!

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Some host siblings joined in the fun too!
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Alexis had some pretty awesome moves.

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They’re learning the dance to Alexandrie Alexandra for the farewell show.

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Serious faces!

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George getting his hair braided.

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Another strange dance I was not familiar with: Les Sardines.
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A host family taught the group a line dance.

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On Tuesday we didn’t have class because the Tour de France was beginning in Saumur and everything was shut down.  I went out to see it and ran into a few students!  Most of them did go out with their families, and they described it as “fast, but cool.”  We were really lucky this year to get to see it.

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The sponsors for the Tour de France get to have cars that come by before the cyclists.
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The students found it very funny that one car was throwing sausages into the crowd.
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A lady in a fry suit!
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A madeleine-mobile!
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They bought crêpes and shirts while waiting.
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We got a great spot on the wall to watch!
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Here they come!

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At this point in the program we also get some dinner invitations from host families.  We really enjoy getting to know the families better, and getting a glimpse into the students’ personal experiences.  I only wish we could spend time with all of the families!  On Tuesday after the Tour de France we had the pleasure of seeing Nadia’s family’s beautiful home, enjoying some music by Nadia and her host father, and trying pigs’ feet for dinner!

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On Wednesday we had our annual reception at the town hall.  The Mayor’s attaché hosted us and said a few words.  She also asked some of the students about their experiences, and they responded beautifully!  They all sang the Marseillaise and then had drinks and snacks. A few host families also joined us.  It’s quite an honor, and we were all very grateful for the invitation.

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Group photo in front of the town hall.
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The Mayor from another town gave them a little tour.

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I happened to run into the same group we saw at the Tour de France after class on Thursday and got a couple pictures of Alexis and Ashlyn riding the carousel.  It’s nice to see them having fun when they’re out and about after class!  I may not have pictures of other students’ outings, but from what I’ve been told they all feel very at home in Saumur.  They say they’ve found all the best spots for ice cream, crêpes, and pastries, and they enjoy exploring and shopping.

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On Friday we had an excursion to the beach at Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie.  It was a great choice for the excursion because the beach itself is very wide, so even though there were a lot of people we had plenty of space and weren’t crowded.  The water there is clear and beautiful, and it was sunny and warm with a cool breeze coming in off the water.  The boardwalk is also full of cafés and shops. We got there at about noon, so we started with sack lunches on the beach, and then we hit the water!  We all had a lot of fun splashing around in the waves.  The students also played Frisbee and volleyball, and lots of them went to the boardwalk for crêpes, ice cream, and other treats.

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We were so grateful that the weather finally got really summery just in time for this excursion.
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Lunch on the beach.

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Testing the water.

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Soaking up the sun!

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Volleyball.

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Frisbee.
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There were lots of these tiny crabs buried in the sand.

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Collecting shells and rocks on the beach.

 

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Getting snacks on the boardwalk.

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Ice cream!

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We had one sand castle…
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… and one sand twin!  Jeremy was very proud of his twin, which he named Ludo.
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The resemblance is uncanny!

 

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Everyone was very upset when the tide came in and washed away Ludo’s head.
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Playing games during our stop on the bus ride home.
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We brought some snacks.

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It was really wonderful to have one day of nothing but relaxing and enjoying the weather before getting into our last week in Saumur.  It’s going to be a really busy week, between exams, Paris planning, the farewell show on Wednesday and Bastille day on Thursday!  We’re leaving for Paris early Saturday morning, and I know it will be an emotional moment for everyone.

In just a short time you’ll be able to hear all about the program first hand and see all of the student’s pictures, but in the meantime I thank you all for reading and I hope you have enjoyed this week’s post.  Until next time!

Liz

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3 thoughts on “Dancing, swimming, and having a blast !

  1. Thank you for keeping us updated on all your activities. Everyone seems to be having a great time.
    Alexis’s Grandmother

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