Monday, September 04, 2006

Bienvenue a Strasbourg!

Sorry it took me a few days to find a cyber café and actually sit down and type.
I want to put this at the beginning, so that if you get bored over the course of this update, which you very well might, at least you’ll get the important information. You can actually send mail to my house, it’s better to send it there than to the direct of the program, although if you already sent me something to the first address (aren’t you sweet) I will still receive it. Just use this from now on:

Erin Milbeck
s/c Mme. Charron
6, rue de Charles Grad
67000 Strasbourg FRANCE

Ok, now on to the real deal. So we arrived in Paris early Friday morning, about 7:00 am maybe, very tired. We had a 4 hour layover during which I slept, and I guess other people just talked or read, but I don’t know because I was asleep. We boarded the plane to Strasbourg and arrived sometime between 2 and 2:30 pm. We met the director of the program, Mme. Zehr, who is nice but does not have the most beautiful French accent. We got our luggage and our host mothers proceeded to “adopt” us. I left the airport with Mme. Charron (Anne and Jacques) and we drove about 25 minutes to their apartment in Strasbourg. These are a few pictures of the place, my room, and the garden behind (Fiona, that one is for you. It’s riding a pig).
They are a very kind couple, probably late 50’s early 60’s, with 3 grown children. But I didn’t get to know them very well because they left the next morning for a weekend vacay to see friends. Did I have the house to myself, you ask? No, but almost. Living with the Charrons and I is another university student, but he is a friend of the family. He is here for two weeks to take his final exams for some classes. Who knows when these classes were or why the tests are at the beginning of the year, but that’s how it goes. So, this young man, whom I did not know (I didn’t even really know his name) and I were staying in a house that neither of us owned, and it was strange. Pretty lonely when I was in the house too, so it was a good thing that this weekend was taken up mostly with tours.
I have more pictures, but I think I will upload those one or two per post.
I'm not sure what else to add at this point, other than everything is beautiful. There are enormous cathedrals, a winding river, tons of cute cafes. It's a great atmosphere. And having to learn the streets by yourself can be a very self actualizing and self motivating task. Learning things for yourself that are completely necessary but that no one else will tell you is hard, and it will still take me a few more days to figure out where everything is, but I'm getting it. I'm learning. A lot.
Ok, hopefully more soon. A tout a l'heure.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mom and I created a message but it would not post. Just testing this.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bug, I am unable to use the id and password from the other day, so I will just put this through anonymous. We looked at the pictures and they look very nice. Is your room as small as it looks? I sent an e-mail to Beth Zahr on Saturday when we had not heard from you, but Jon forwarded your e-mail later that day and we knew you made it OK. You can send e-mails to the home address of if you want. Love Mom & Dad.
Hey Babe, very glad to hear from you. Also glad you are learning your way around. We love you tons.
Did you get your phone card yet? Talk to you soon. Love Mom

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aaaaaaa im so glad that you live in a cute house that is not full of murderers!
and it is nice to hear youre having as nice time, and i miss you A L O T
love, mary

7:01 PM  
Blogger deomomww said...

Guess what? Apparently I got a blog, too. Aww. I'm really excited for you, even if I am a bit jealous and missing you. But I'll be out soon enough! Have heart!

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Jon Wilcox said...

Okay, okay, that wasn't my blog. But this is. This is messed up. I won't even have anything interesting to write about until January anyway... I still miss you, by the way.

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

erin!!!!! ahh! your house is beautiful! im so jealous!!! is strasbourg a big city? i sent you stuff to your program dirctor cause i sent it like 4 days ago and didnt know your new address yet! anyway, i love you and hope you're livin' up, french-style! write me with some juicy details!!!
p.s. i still miss you!

6:51 AM  
Blogger Fiona said...

thank you er-bo!
things look amazing there. eat more ice cream. see more stone puppies.

2:07 AM  

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