Sunday, May 12, 2013

Normandy Exchange: Reflections on Normandy

Catherine Fonveille ‘13

Bayeux is a dream, especially for a French-speaking art history student/lover like myself !  My host family has balanced giving me a taste of family life with showing me the beautiful sights in Normandy.  After classes one day, it was amazing to see the Bayeux tapestry.  Leila (’13) and I reveled in every scene, talking about what we already knew (from our Art History class at SSSAS) and what we were learning.  The best part of the trip, though, is how comfortable I’m beginning to feel speaking French.  This experience has been priceless !

Leila Malikyar ‘13

This exchange has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my life !  Not only have I formed wonderful relationships with the French students, my French has also improved greatly.  The students’ welcoming and warm nature have allowed me to feel confident in my speaking abilities, even if I still have to practice.  In addition, I have seen and admired some of the most gorgeous art and architecture in Europe.  Apart from the hospitality and history though, I’ve experienced French laser tag, billiards, and high school.  It has all been so fascinating !

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