I wish I could post more information relating to my pageant, and for those waiting for that… Soon! There’s not much I can do right now, other than plan future things. In the meantime, I thought I would share with you the latest of my adventures in the beautiful Dijon, France.
First of all, the school system here is very different from Canada. For starters, there are no semesters meaning you have all your classes year round. You also have all your classes with the same combinations of people. There isn’t a lot of course selection, other than which second language you want to take. It’s similar to elementary school here I guess.
Anyways, the reason for my mentioning that is because it means I have all my classes with my exchange partner. However, I don’t go to all of hers (they’re a bit too advanced – it’s already ahead of the Canadian school system, and it’s in my third language). So I have free time while my partner goes to Spanish, science, and TTL – which is weekly testing.
This free time is usually around lunch, when the sun in shining and I couldn’t bear to be inside. It doesn’t happen every day, but I’ve taken to exploring the area around my home and school. To make it very clear, I do this with permission from my host family and they know where I plan to go at all times. I DO NOT recommend wandering on your own without someone knowing where you are.
If you ever are in a similar position as this, whether or not in France, I highly recommend taking time for yourself to explore somewhere new. On Monday I went to a shopping area, where I bought postcards for myself and friends, checked out a few hobby and souvenir shops, and went to a bookstore. Next I went to a cafe, pulled out my new mystery novel, and started it while enjoying tea and a pastry on the patio. Super relaxing!
From there I walked to a nearby park (pictured to the left) and sat enjoying the beautiful weather. The Weather Network told me it was only 13 degrees, however it certainly seemed nicer.
Having the opportunity to appreciate the city as more than a busy tourist is definitely one of my favourite parts of doing an exchange. I’ve gotten to see and do things that are normally considered hidden treasures for the locals to enjoy.
The point of this post my friends, is to remind you that a carefree couple of hours every once in a while is a wonderful idea. As one of my favourite authors once wrote:
“It’s opener, out there, in the wide, open air.”
– Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
Should you ever find yourself with time to kill, go and do something new or different. It’s easy to just sit on the couch and watch Netflix, but you’ll treasure these memories a whole lot more. I know I sure will!
The carefree traveler 🙂