Yesterday was so much fun. Since it had been a long week, I decided to sleep in and then go grocery shopping. In the mall, they have these quasi-low element challenges for little kids. It's so much fun to watch! It made me miss Covenant Point pretty badly, but since when do I not?
Anyway, so after I did that, I met up with Camille, Riley, and Chloe for a picnic. We were meeting the Italians (Francesco and Frederica), and it ended up being a group of about 15 of us. What was pretty cool was that we all came from different countries, so our mutual language was French. Let me tell you, it is EXHAUSTING to speak in French all the time. I guess I should get used to it though, hey? So we ate lunch for quite some time, and I was planning on meeting Charlotte to go show shopping. When I told Francesco that I had to leave, he said "Oh, how come?" And I said I was meeting a friend to go shopping. He said "Oh, that's okay then." Gotta love those Italians.
I met up with Charlotte at a little...piazza? I don't know what the French equivalent for that is...and we started on a search for shoes. We ended up walking all the way back to the mall right down the hill from my building! Who knew shopping for shoes was so difficult? I ended up finding a very cute pair of black flats, that were too expensive, but I thought "Hey, I'm in France. I may as well." So, 40 euro later, I have cute shoes.
After shopping, Charlotte and I went back to Jean Jurges to wait for Camille before we headed to the Gorrell's house for dinner. I got to make chicken and my three cheese macaroni and cheese for them!
This morning, we had church at the Gorrell's house (in their garage). I stayed afterward for lunch, and in true French fashion, I didn't leave until about 4pm. I cannot believing how incredibly tired I get just from speaking and hearing French! My mind is on such an overload because I'm constantly translating and by the time I figure out what they're saying, it's too late for me to add to the conversation. I really hope it'll get easier.
Let me ask a question. Is it bad that I want to spend more time with people from church than my school? It's difficult to meet actual French people in my classes because they're all foreigners too. I'm not against spending time with them at all, but I'd like to hang out with French people too. So far, the majority of the French people I've met have been from church. I also really like the people at church, and I get along really well with them. My guess is that I'll be hanging out more with them than people at school, which means I'll be spending a good amount of time alone I guess. Well, I guess not really. There's a University Bible Study that my friend Ben leads (he's British, but has lived in France for almost 15 years), I'm joining a growth group with Charlotte and Sandy, there's youth group on Saturdays which is really for any age I think, and there's prayer meetings twice a week at people's houses. I really do think I'll like being here.