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dimanche 31 juillet PLs Ru and Becca have already blogged about our warm welcome in Port Vendres and some of our activities in Collioure. But one thing you absolutely must know about Port Vendres is that the gîte (translation: hostel? bed and breakfast? French holiday cottage?) called Chez Swan where... Continue reading
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vendredi 29 juillet Before skipping town for a lovely weekend in the seaside town of Port Vendres, Niveau 3 students were tasked with a particularly challenging Into the Community activity. Yes, I relish finding tricky ways to make them put those French skills to work! Jasper and Zoharia chatting with... Continue reading
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jeudi 28 juillet Twolousers’ second edition of the atelier de cuisine (aka cooking workshop) took place on Thursday for Niveaux 3–4. We started by shopping for ingredients at a marché in a neighborhood of Toulouse called la Reynerie. Students were quick to notice that this outdoor market doesn’t look like... Continue reading
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samedi 23 juillet On Saturday, Twolousers ventured off to Carcassonne, an amazingly well-preserved medieval fortified city that used to be a frontier outpost back before France was France. So think of it like a border patrol station to protect against all those invading Espagnols! Becca wishing Donald a good day... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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vendredi 22 juillet Students gathered in two groups on Friday afternoon to share what they’ve noticed about differences (and similarities) between France and the US with our Resident Director Isabelle. They had a lot to say! La très magnifique Isabelle leads a group in discussion One group began by talking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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vendredi 22 juillet Niveau 3 students had a quick tour of the Musée des Augustins today and made their best gargouille faces before leaving for lunch! Twolousers show off their gargoyle impersonations… say "Ahhh!" Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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jeudi 21 juillet We went to see a short documentary film called La société, c’est moi on Thursday afternoon. La société, c'est moi It included many interview clips with people from Toulouse talking about situations involving diversity and discrimination. While we are pretty used to discussing these topics in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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jeudi 21 juillet First, a very special shout out to Noé, who celebrated his 16th birthday here in Toulouse today. Joyeux anniversaire, monsieur ! We surprised him at the end of class with an enthusiastic round of Happy Birthday en français, a card from Program Leaders and CIEE Resident Staff,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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mardi 19 juillet Yesterday, Alexandra had a successful trip to the pharmacie to get some allergy medicine. She practiced beforehand, then explained her problem to the pharmacienne in excellent French, and got some pills to help her sneezing. Don’t worry, folks, she’s doing A-OK here in Toulouse! Alexandra even remarked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
jeudi 14 juillet Today, Sylvie, Jean-Louis, Morgan, and I went to the fireworks show in Blagnac, a suburb in Toulouse, France for La Fête Nationale Française. It was soooo ooooh AMAZING! Magnifique! The fireworks and the music resonating within you and the overall patriotic atmosphere of the event was overwhelming... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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mercredi 13 juillet Session 2’s orientation of Toulouse continued today with a walking tour of le centre ville. Our guide Eric, a teacher of archeology and history, LOVED showing us around Toulouse! Everyone was blown away by his enthusiasm and energy. We quickly discovered that this was not a promenade... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
Better late than never… Check out this mash-up of some of the many and varied types of music we heard throughout Toulouse during la Fête de la musique at the end of June: And here are some students working with chef Romain Laval on their skills for macaronner, the special... Continue reading
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On our tour, we learned that the famous bricks from which Toulouse earned its nickname as la Ville Rose were actually not the building material of choice in the Roman and Gothic architectural periods. White stone was more fashionable and much more expensive (the cost of transporting the stones to... Continue reading
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Last week was the beginning of the month-long summer sales in France, and students took advantage of their French skills to buy un sac noir, une jupe rayée, or un chemisier bleu. They practiced their comprehension of numbers when paying for their purchases. Many were also looking for gifts to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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We had another interesting trip back in history today, this time to the Roman origins of Toulouse or Tolosa as we found out it was called around 200 BC. In fact, that is still the city's name on all official documents! The ancient Roman artifacts that were discovered in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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This week we've been doing afternoon activities in small groups so that we can see more restrictive places and participate more actively in the visits. One of the places we visited is le Mirail, a neighborhood that was originally created in the early 1960s by a team of architects to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Going swimming at a pool in France is so different from the United States. Mostly, we noticed that the rules are really strict! Boys have to wear tight shorts not loose trunks, and everyone has to wear a swim cap. We all felt a little silly in our swim caps,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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From Roman times, through the 12th century, all the way up into the Renaissance, we traveled back in time this afternoon on our art tour of the Musée des Augustins. In what we learned was the second oldest art museum in France (after the Louvre), we found amazing sculptures, paintings,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
Walking home we enjoyed seeing some great street performers tonight. Listen for a few seconds to the sounds of France in the summer! We can't wait for la Fête de la Musique this Sunday when all the streets of Toulouse will be filled with music! Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Today we hopped on a bus at Place du Salin and drove to the Airbus facility. Our adorable tour guide, Emilie, engaged us with her strong accent toulousain as she showed us various views of planes under construction and rattled off history and statistics. For example, did you know that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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The rain this afternoon (well, all day really) prevented us from playing outdoor games and sports with some of our French peers. While we were looking forward to learning pétanque and playing soccer, we managed to have fun anyway with board and card games indoors. We had a few French... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Catherine had a big moment today that I was so glad to witness and celebrate: her first phone call totally en français !! She successfully spoke to her host mom and understood how to get home on the métro from our orientation. And it's just our first full day here.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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We are starting to discover the neighborhood around our language school during our orientation. Today we went on a short walking tour and went through a covered market. We saw lots of fresh meat and fish, fruit and vegetables. Miam miam ! After, we ate a picnic lunch outdoors under... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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The Boston crew just got into Toulouse and a few of us have already left with our host families. We're looking a little tired from the trip, but we're so excited to be in France! Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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We're only a few minutes away from boarding and already bonding over a jeu de cartes en français ! We can't wait to get to Toulouse! Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE