France Landing

I will be using this blog to document my time working as an English language assistant in 3 high schools in Montpellier, France during the current academic year 2014-2015.

Soooo I arrived in Paris, France on September 15 and stayed with family friends in Saint-Denis for a couple days. I truly felt at home and was given the privilege of cooking for the family.

Maffe-ish dish...tomato stew with a hint of peanut butter :D
Maffe-ish dish…tomato stew with a hint of peanut butter ๐Ÿ˜€

NEW CITY
On September 17 I took the train down to Montpellier, and spent my first couple days with a wonderful Airbnb host, a spunky grandma.

A bit of nature near the house
A bit of nature near the house

We got along very well, and she kindly invited me to a Gypsy Kings night called Mas Saint Franรงois. She had a long career as a flamenco dancer, and homegirl still knows how to move!

A flyer for the event
A flyer for the event

 

Chilling with some dancers and musicians
Chilling with some dancers and musicians

 

One of the guitarists who happens to own the place
One of the guitarists who happens to own the place

NEW PLACE
Trying to find permanent housing was a bit frustrating, but thankfully God blessed me with a new French friend, Marie, who helped me visit several places and move into my apartment on September 23. I have 4 roomiesโ€”1 French lady, 1 Azerbaijani lady, and 2 cats ๐Ÿ™‚

My apartment
My apartment building

NEW SPACE
Over the past 3 weeks in my new city, Iโ€™ve found a pretty nice church (shout out to Chriska!!!), made a couple friends, and explored the town.

Forgot to take a picture of Eglise Evangelique de Pompignane...so here's a Sunday selfie from Sept 28 :P
Forgot to take a picture of Eglise Evangelique de Pompignane…so here’s a Sunday selfie from Sept 28 ๐Ÿ˜›

 

Yep, we did this...no shame
Yep, Marie and I (along with Sofiane who’s not pictured) did this…no shame

 

Random Buddhist temple
Random Buddhist temple

 

I'm sure this statue has a name...creation?
I’m sure this statue has a name…*squints* I think that plaque says creation…

 

Not sure what Jesus is doing hanging there...
Not sure what Jesus is doing hanging there…

 

Arc de Triomphe...in Montpellier ;)
Arc de Triomphe…in Montpellier ๐Ÿ˜‰

OH MY GOSHโ€ฆFOOD!!!
So yโ€™all know one of my loves is food right?! (if you didnโ€™t you know now lol). Here are some โ€œdelicaciesโ€ they have here in Montpellier.

I SCREAM for Amorino ICE CREAM
I SCREAM for Amorino ICE CREAM

 

Marie and I got some bomb fried plantain from Ndรฉ Restaurant Africain...and that tomato garnish though!!!
Marie and I got some bomb fried plantain from Ndรฉ Restaurant Africain…and that tomato garnish though!!!

 

Tacos...but not the Mexican kind...
Tacos…but not the Mexican kind…

 

Savory waffle sandwich...I guess a spinoff of chicken & waffles...I guess
Savory waffle sandwich…I guess a spinoff of chicken & waffles…I guess

 

My friend Marie's nuggets and potato wedges with curry sauce
Marie’s nuggets and potato wedges with curry sauce

 

Marie's croque McDo...the "fast food" version of croque monsieur
Marie’s croque McDo…the “fast food” version of croque monsieur

The weather has been WONDERFUL here…sunkissed all day e’ry day!!! Except for last Monday, when I had to walk home in a terrible rain storm because the trams got jammed and buses stopped running. By the time I got home there was a code red weather warning. Roads and malls were flooded. Quite a few people had to sleepover at their school or job, because there was no way to get home. But thank God people were able to find shelter from the storm.

Pic I borrowed from my roomie since I was def not taking pix that day :D
Pic I borrowed from my roomie since I was def not taking pix that day ๐Ÿ˜€

My first full week in the classroom started this past Monday, October 6, so Iโ€™ll put up a post about that shortlyโ€ฆish. Maybe. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. Chichi! Love your post! So great to get a descriptive, yet short & photo full snap shot of your first few weeks in France. So happy you’re making so many new friends and exploring the city already. Can’t wait to read about your next adventures!!

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