Hello! Or should I say, bonjour? 😉

As promised in my last post, here’s what I have been doing when I’m not in school! For starters, my school has a two week vacation, this week and the next. My first week is in Marseille, while the second will be in Dijon. So far, it has been great!

Dijon (so far!)

As you may have guessed, the show was called "De Passage"

If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know that I went to a show last week, at Théâtre Dijon Bourgogne. It was very different from anything I’d ever seen, but so cool! Done all through shadows, it depicts a powerful story taking place over the course of a year, with a narrator taking us back in time.

One of the things I found to be very different and unusual was that they had us use headphones! This was so that you could better hear/understand the narrator, but also because the show relied on sound effects and the microphones (since the actors were all behind the shadow screens). Overall, it was well done and I really enjoyed the Q and A they did with our theatre group afterwards! 🙂

Here's one of the directional markers!

I’ve also spent some time just wandering the streets of Dijon, and it’s an amazing city. Europe has a history and culture that’s very different from that of North America, and it’s truly beautiful. The Church of Notre-Dame of Dijon is one of the most well-known landmarks, and a teacher of mine mentioned the owl to me a few weeks ago.

This owl is carved into the northern corner, and it’s said that if you rub it with your left hand while making a wish, that wish will come true. While I haven’t gotten a chance to see it for myself yet, I have seen the markers that take you on a scavenger hunt towards it. I plan on completing it next week!

Marseille

We took a train to get here, and I somehow managed to get some really nice photos, even moving at 300km/h, through glass, and with my cell phone. Technology never fails to impress me.

View from the train! Taken outside of Avignon 🙂

Once arriving here, the first thing I noticed was that it’s really sunny. Fortunately I have transition lenses, which turned on really quickly 😛 The second thing I noticed was the wind. For those that don’t know, Marseille is in the south of France, right on the coast. And the third thing, was how much warmer it was. Especially compared to Canada (I heard records are being broken!)

So far the trip has been great. C, my exchange partner, and her father were eager to point things out to me, and I’m learning a lot. We went to the cathedral, which is up high on a hill and has one of the most amazing views I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a lot of gorgeous views these past two weeks. Check out my last post to see pictures of those!).

The view from the north side...

... And the view from the south!

I’ve also been trying new foods, experiencing new culture, and learning more of the language. It’s amazing, and I’m so blessed to have been able to do this. Thank you to my host family for allowing me to truly immerse myself in this new place, my teachers for helping me arrange this, and of course to my family and friends for supporting me through it all. I really appreciate it <3

My lovely exchange partner <3

Anyways, my next post will probably relate to my adventures in Dijon. I better decide on a wish for the owl! What would you wish for? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Xoxo, Cristina

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