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June 3rd, 2009 – by: reger1520
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.
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”.
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.
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!
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