France vs America

Well yesterday made the first day of summer vacation or the kids. We enjoyed our day at home playing together. Last night Nanou, the kids grandma, came with their cousin to babysit the kids until Thursday. Since I still have school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until August, we needed someone to watch them. This morning I went I class, which took longer than normal to get there because of all the road construction going on between Mezeray and Le Mans. After class I decided to go check out some shops I haven’t been to yet, so I spent my afternoon shopping. I am hoping for a nice warm day soon(preferably on the weekend( so I can go to the beach for a day. We are all looking forward to a great summer here! We are even planning in going to Spain. 🙂
Okay, so many people have asked about the differences between America and France. Of course there are very many differences, but at the same time it’s hard to actually name them. I can say that France has amazing bread, and bakeries, and cheeses, and everything here is all about being natural. So in class today I had to write the differences between France and America…good luck to everyone who will need a translator. 🙂

Les différences entre la France et la Etats-unis.

En France les voitures sont très petites. La rue c’est très petit aussi. Dans la rue entre Mezeray et Le Mans il y a beaucoup de ronds points. C’est horrible ! Le parking, c’est difficile, il n’y a pas beaucoup de places gratuites. Le parking payant c’est normal. Pour moi, c’est difficile de faire un créneau. Avant que j’arrive, ce n’était pas possible. J’ai aussi conduit à Paris, et c’est horrible !
En France la maison n’a pas l’air conditionne. Ce n’est pas nécessaire. C’est très normal pour les maisons d’avoir la barrière, ou le mur autour.
En France les personnes ne sont pas toujours gentilles. C’est nécessaire de parler français.

I want to end this post with part of a bible verse that has really stuck with me:
Matthew 28:20b
‘…and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.’

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aujourd’hui, c’est mon cinquième mois en France

Well, today makes five months that I have been living in France! I am so glad that my sister and grandma were able to visit me a couple weeks ago. We had a great time visiting Paris and seeing the sights, going to disneyland Paris, and coming back to my house so they were able to meet my host family. We saw so many wonderful sights, and I’m glad they were able to experience the different culture. I very much prefer where I live, in Le Mans, than Paris. There were so many people and tourists, I don’t think I could stay there very long.
As much as I loved having Stacie and my grandma visit, I was ready to get back to my routine after those ten days. This week is the kids last week of school. Then they will be out until the beginning of September. I am sure we will have lots of fun while on vacation. This weekend we are going camping at Alexandre’s parents beach house, because they are having like a family reunion down there. I am just hoping it doesn’t rain so we don’t get wet in the tent!
You know you live in France when you need a sweater in the morning, a raincoat at noon, and shorts in the afternoons!! The weather is absolutely crazy! At least it’s better than the stifling hot weather of NC. 🙂

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