I spent this past weekend at my friend Valen's house. She is the other exchange student in my class, a real lifesaver during the first weeks of school here; she has become my best friend. She's from Venezuela but we both speak enough French to talk exclusively in French to each other.
However, the dynamic of an exchange-student-friendship is very different from an American-French friendship. It's the French culture and expressions that Valen and I don't share, which does leave me missing my best French girlfriends in Tournon.
However, Valen and I share the mutual feeling of being an exchange student in a very rural area. We understand each other and are always here for each other, which is more than anything I could ask to have these last few months in France.
This was also the weekend of the Rolling Saone, a music festival in the town where we go to school. Since I live pretty far away and the nights go pretty late, her host family invited me to spend the weekend with them, and we had so much fun!
|Me and Valen getting ready in the bathroom, posing with her host mom!|
|At the festival!|
We met up with our other friends from school at the scene. We all had a blast. Singing, dancing and talking until early in the morning. Most people put up a tent at a campground near by and spend the nights there. However, our host moms preferred we go home to sleep for many legitimate reasons. It was a two day festival so we got up the next morning and did the whole thing again!
I thought I'd share some of the music from the festival: the first video is Julian Perretta singing "Wonder Why" followed by Gerald de Palmas singing "J'etais sur la route" ! It was a pretty eclectic line up.
During the day Valen showed me around her town.
Sitting in a park near her house
Her host grandparents live in the same town so we stopped by their house to say hi and I met their rabbits and chickens! Then at night, we drove to the farm run by another one of her host family's relatives and we fed the cows!