I do so enjoy living in a fairy tale... ;)
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Bonjour encore! Update on the week...school keeps me quite busy (haha when does it not?). It is a little stressful right now because we are taking 2 full length courses, cramming what would be a semester's worth of work into a mere 3 weeks. Mercifully, it will be over next week. (We begin our courses at Paul Valery, the French University here, on the 4th of July.)
Wednesday we spent an enjoyable night listening to a variety of music...it was "La Fete de la Musique" here in France, a celebration created about 25(ish) years ago that takes place on the first day of summer every year. There are free concerts on every street corner, and the town publishes a map beforehand telling you where each type of music can be found. There were sooooo many people! An interesting cultural experience, to be sure.
Friday night a few friends and I went out to dinner and a movie after a week of hard work. We ate at a delicious creperie, just off La Place de la Comedie (the central plaza in Montpellier)!!! Apres ça (after that) we bought movie tickets to see "The Break Up" (or "La Rupture" as it is titled here in France). Haha for some reason we thought the movie would be in English with French subtitles, but it definitely was not...it was dubbed over in French. Happily, we all actually understood most of the movie! Not every sentece (they talked really fast sometimes), but enough to follow the events. It was quite exciting! (ps - the movie itself wasn't that great though)
Aujourd'hui (today) the entire uga group traveled to Carcassonne, about an hour west of Montpellier.
The old legend behind the origin of the name "Carcassonne" is particularly entertaining (and a little gross) --
According to tradition, there was a princess who lived in the city named Dame Carcas. One day, the city was under siege by Charlemagne, who wanted the town for himself.