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The Cathedral in Metz
Now that I am in school, I may cut the length of these posts for a while. Monday, June 1, was our first day of classes. It started with a quick orientation of the program and background on the Lorraine region of France, of which Metz is the capital. Other topics that have been covered so far include French history and civilization, European geography, and the European Union. The school we are attending is called the ICN School of Business with a campus here in Metz and another one in Nancy, about 40 minutes south of here.

As for the school, the buildings look pretty shabby but the campus is nice with a large lake in the middle. School’s here are very different from the US.
The front of the Cathedral
There are no sports teams whatsoever and tuition is varies between $500 and $5,000 for a year, which is considerably cheaper than the US. I will get some pictures up of the campus when I bring my camera to school.

As for Metz, it is a quiet little town in the Lorraine region of France. It has continuously switched between the hands of Germany and France and therefore has a unique style of architecture. The streets wind all about in every which way and are lined with small shops and cafes. There are a few main squares in town as well as an old, 13th century Cathedral. The town was dead the first couple of days due to it being a holiday weekend here in France but the foot traffic has picked up considerably since.

My French is also improving a lot. Most of the students here on the trip don’t know anything past “bonjour”.
The river running through Metz and the architecture that lines it
We are divided into different levels of French, with there being one student in the advanced class, six (including myself) in the intermediate, and the other 22 in the beginner class. Out of my main group of friends here, I’m the only one that is able to communicate. I have been getting a lot of practice with eating out, buying train tickets, and finding directions.

Last night, June 2, I stayed around the residence halls and played ping pong with some of the local students. They spoke some English and we communicated just fine with a mix of English and French. I even learned a few more French curse words. It’s always fun to hang out with the locals.

For the food, it is basic French cafeteria food (however, being on a budget, it’s more like gourmet 5 star restaurant food). I’ve had everything ranging from steak to hot dogs.
More Metz
Nothing really of note yet in the food category however.

Today, June 3, I spent another day in the classroom then came back early to find a place to stay in Amsterdam for the weekend. 19 people in the class are headed to go kayaking and hiking in Switzerland while the other 11 (nine being of the female type) of us are heading to Amsterdam. We thought we weren’t going to be able to go because we couldn’t find a place where we could all stay until I hit a stroke of luck. I was able to secure two, six-bed hotel (yes HOTEL) rooms with free breakfast in the center of Amsterdam for $892. Don’t worry, that’s for two nights, with 11 people, which equals out to everyone paying $40 a night. Pretty sweet deal. I’m also going to be able to use my Eurail train ticket for the first time which will get me from Metz via Luxembourg and Brussels to Amsterdam for a whopping $0.

For tomorrow, we are heading to Strasbourg for the day to visit the European Parliament. I’m looking forward to getting out and not spending another day in the classroom!

jamesta917 says:
wowww der of course you're making tons of friends haha
those pictures are gorgeous!
Posted on: Jun 05, 2009
addictedtosno says:
just wanted to say i truly enjoy following the number of girls you're with every day :) sorry it took so long for me to catch up, sounds like everything is going great!
Posted on: Jun 03, 2009
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The Cathedral in Metz
The Cathedral in Metz
The front of the Cathedral
The front of the Cathedral
The river running through Metz and…
The river running through Metz an…
More Metz
More Metz
A building with a lot of ivy
A building with a lot of ivy
The Metz opera house
The Metz opera house
They might want to put a u in th…
They might want to put a "u" in t…
Some funky art display with a cour…
Some funky art display with a cou…
...it was pretty comfy
...it was pretty comfy
A typical street in Metz
A typical street in Metz
Metz
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