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EAC W'14 Week One
After a long red eye flight we made it to the London airport at 6am. We were just one more flight to Aix-en Provence. We arrived in Marseille at 10am to Dave and Jen standing outside the baggage claim.
photo: Jonathan Goodnow
All of us were exhausted but all were so excited to be in Europe that it didn’t matter how tired we were.
Once we pulled up to the house I was shocked that I could call this place my home for the next two months.
It overlooks a mountain range and we have 30 very excluded acres.
The first day we explored the town a little and got some French desserts for after dinner. We spent the weekend getting adjusted to the six hour time difference because we started class on Monday.
For this first time I found myself looking forward to a day of classes.
We spend the first part of everyday learning French, and then we have art history.
We take a small break then take the bus into town to have our literature class in a French cafe.
Sam Barrett and I had a memorable first lunch in Aix. We went to a restaurant that looked good. After struggling to explain to the waitress that we would like to eat inside, I knew this was going to be difficult. We managed to order two hamburgers. After eating we thought we would order dessert and decided to order some French crepes. Apparently fruit crepes and French fries sound very similar in French because to our surprise she brought out a big plate of more fries on top of the fries that we got with our entrée.
Look what Jonathan and Sam cooked up for us at dinner though.
This became Coq au Vin.
On Tuesday we went on our first excursion and that was to a huge dam that provides water to all of Aix.
We painted the scene and were able to pack up and leave before the rain came.
And our next excursion was to a aqueduct that is still in use today.
The days seem to be flying by and it’s hard to believe that it’s already Sunday and we have been here for over a week.
It’s definitely going to be hard to leave Aix-en Provence in 8 weeks.
Everyone is excited for our first long excursion to Paris next Monday. We will take the high speed train into Paris that leaves right from Aix.
In Marseille... Until next time, Connor Hollenbaugh
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