Sunday, October 20, 2013

It Really is a Small World After All

Hello Everyone!

This first picture is to celebrate my excitement.  Ever since the very first day I arrived, there has been construction right outside my window.  I enjoyed waking up to loud blasting noises ..early...every...single...morning, but man am I happy to see them cleaning things up now!! They brought in a huge crane to get the other cranes and supplies off of the building.  Hopefully more peaceful mornings are in my near future!

I have started my second course, "Air Transport and Tourism Economics."  This class, like all of them, is three weeks long, but we have three professors teaching us three different subjects.  It is a little intense, but I have just started.  The material is interesting, and I hope it continues to be interesting!

Regular life in Bordeaux continues to get better and better!  On Wednesday night, I went to an event hosted by the school at a wine bar.  We had the entire cellar to ourselves, drank great wine, and talked with friends.  It was a good night.  The weekend was even better!  There was a lot of drinks and laughs.  On Friday we went out for Thai food and then went to one of my favorite bars The Cock and Bull.  I had a bit to drink that night, but as usual, I was very responsible and safe! : )  On Saturday, some of us went to the fair that is in town, "La Feria."  That was a lot of fun.  I found it interesting that most of the names on the rides or signs by all of the vendors are mostly in English.  For a moment, I forgot where I was and thought I was back in Wisconsin!  We were going to go into the haunted house but ran out of time.  So we will be going back to do that because I love haunted houses!! After, we met some friends for dinner to celebrate one of their birthdays!  We didn't even start eating until 11:00, everything is done later in France.  But, we had Indian food and it was delicious! 

Quick side note: My friend, Amy, and I have known each other a long time.  We went to high school together and are really close friends.  She is currently studying abroad in Manchester, England for the year.  We both have fall break next week and she just booked her tickets to France and is going to live with me for the break!!! I am very excited! 

Finally, I would like to share how small our world really is!  I chose to go to somewhere completely new and foreign to me.  I went 4,000 miles away from home and still became friends with someone and then discovered we had ties to each other!  My friend Alejandra is from Mexico City.  She is dating a guy named Vito.  Vito used to work at the college program at Disney in Florida.  While there, he became good friends with another worker, Darren.  Darren and I went to school together and grew up in the same very small town in rural Wisconsin!!  Of the 7 billion people in this world, the 4 of us have a connection over 3 different countries.  I just learned that yesterday, and I thought that was so awesome!!

To end, as many of you know, my grandfather passed away on October 10th.  He lived a very good and long life, and left quite the legacy!  It has been hard being so far away from my family and being alone, but I am doing good.  I would just like to take this moment to celebrate his life!  Love you, grandpa!

Thank you everyone for reading!!


"Believe you can and you're halfway there."
-Theodore Roosevelt


  1. Darren Steger? That is so fricken awesome!!

  2. Yes, that Darren! and isn't that cool!! She said "You and my boyfriend have a mutual friend!!" I couldn't believe it!


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