I have been very busy these last few days trying to settle into French life. On Thursday I was able to venture out for the first time completely on my own (that was a little scary). I went to the main tram station and got my yearly tram pass, went to the bank to open an account, and ordered a new cell phone. Every place that I went to get these things done didn't have many people who spoke English. So let's just say it was quite the project, but everyone was so nice and patient!
I took the tram to school to make sure I would know how to get there and so I could time it. I did a lot of tram riding that day to get a good picture of how the city was laid out, and now I can navigate Bordeaux pretty well already! Then I went back to my apartment to make a plan to go find groceries. Well surprisingly, I live right next to the mall! I still can't get over how convenient and awesome that is!
On Friday, I had almost ten hours of orientation. I got a good look at the school and met a lot of the international students. After we were done, my friend Luan and I went to get something to eat and explored a lot of the city. Seriously, it is so cool! We then met up with the Swedish students and a few French. We went to The Cock and Bull to watch the big football match between Bordeaux and Paris. I was able to order my first legal beers as a 20 year old! We had a lot of fun there! Also, it takes forever to say hello and goodbye to people because of all the kissing on the cheeks! : )
Today I went back to the mall to go to the store Auchan again. It is a lot like a very nice Walmart. It was my second time shopping there, but I am still nervous about it. Not being able to communicate at all scares me yet, so I just do a lot of nodding and assuming. The check out is the worst part because they usually ask you questions. Today I bought a hair straightener/curling iron and the cashier asked me a question. I assumed it was about a warranty for it, so I just shook my head no. I was right about the question! I am starting to be able to pick up very few words here and there and at least guess at things!
Let's see what tonight brings in this exciting place!! : )
"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."