So, as is fairly evident – I have not inherited the blogging gene from my Mum!
I suppose I’d better introduce myself – I’m Caiti, daughter of Steph (I’m 18 and live away from home, yet it’s still extremely weird to realise my mother has a first name!) at http://www.bloginfrance.com/. I’m an 18 year old student living and studying in Bordeaux.
This blog was started to attempt to chronicle my adventures here, but… yeah, you can see how well that went!
As a quick update: I’ve been here just over 3 months now – I’ve finally gotten the hang of not being late to class! My favourite classes are definitely Informatique (Computer Science) and Algorithms & Programming. Mechanics and Statics was pretty fun until we got to kinematics screws & co. (torseurs cinématiques & torseurs d’action in French). EEA (électronique, électrotechnique & automatismes) is very interesting, and we’ve got an excellent teacher in that subject. I’m struggling a bit in Basic Analysis, possibly partly because of the teacher – he’s obviously ‘brillant’, but doesn’t seem to realise that his students aren’t quite as brilliant as he is, and some of the mathematical proofs and concepts that are obvious to him, aren’t quite as obvious to us mere mortals!
We currently have the forms to decide which course to choose next semester – I’m pretty sure I’m going to go with Sciences de la Matière (Physics & Chemistry) as I’m still not sure what I want to do when I’m ‘grown up’, rather than just Physique (although I’d be able to do a class on Astrophysics, which sounds fascinating, if I chose that course). Although I adore computers and programming, the only way I’d be able to study that would be to do the Maths&Info course – and as I don’t really enjoy maths as I used to, I won’t be choosing that (also because I used that particular form to wrap my brother’s birthday present with…) . I think I’ll be choosing the Sciences de la Matière course, as that way I’ll be able to study physics, chemistry, and computers science (as my minor – part of the International option I’m doing)
Anyway, I (was forcibly) signed up for this Christmas Blog Hop, so I suppose I’d better get back on topic with a suitably Christmassy post about Christmas in Bordeaux!
First off the outside ice rink, up ’til the 6th Janurary:
(photo from here)
As well as the gorgeous christmas lights, the other main seasonal event is the Christmas fair, at the Alleés de Tourny until December 30th. As you head in to the rows of chalets from St. Cathérine, you’re greeted, for some strange reason, by a giant purple penguin…
Behind this is a gorgeous giant merry-go-round, and behind that, the stalls.
Everything from the usual christmas fare like decorations, sweets and mulled wine, to the slightly more unusual, such as Himalayan prayer flags and pickled lampreys are on sale here.
At the other end was a giant white plastic penguin selling Christmas trees..
So that’s a taste of Christmas in Bordeaux!
Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check the other blogs in this hop!