I finally have internet and the time to write! I am here, in France, in beautiful Bordeaux!
I am sitting in the DEFLE, the building where international students take their classes. A lot has happened in the past two weeks or so. With my family, I have walked the streets of Paris, climbed the Eiffel Tower, explored a fraction of the Louvre, and eaten at many delicious restaurants. Since I have arrived in Bordeaux, a lot of my time has been dedicated to touring the city. With my program, we went to the Dune du Pyla, the highest sand dune in all of Europe! It was fascinating. On the one side of the dune was a canopy of trees, and on the other, the Atlantic Ocean. We climbed up the mountain of sand and then took a nap at the top. Instead of taking the stairs down, we all raced down the side of the dune, loosing control of our speed and our laughter. It was such a euphoric feeling!
Yesterday, we took our second excursion to the Chateau de Raymond LaFond, a famous winery. We got a tour of the property (all in French, of course), and tasted the expensive desert wine. C'etais delicieux!
The city of Bordeaux is absolutely beautiful. It is such a different feeling to live in a town with such a history-the churches, buildings, monuments all blow my mind!
It feels great to finally be here. Of course, I already miss everyone at home and think about you all constantly, but am ready to begin my adventure!