France, The Rotary, and Me! is Olivia’s blog.
Olivia is in France for a year and, ad she says… “I am SO excited, and do you know why? Because I am living in France for the ENTIRE year! I arrived here in Tulle, France on the 26th of August, and I will return sometime in July of 2011. I have three families that I will be living with, each for three months. I am attending a lycee or a high school here for my junior year classes. I hope that you will check this blog for updates on my life in France.”
Being a very new blog there are only four posts but…
There are rather long and detailed posts!
The first post… Get it? Got it? Good sort of explodes onto the page!
The obvious enthusiasm spills over and you can almost tell that Olivia is writing at 100 miles an hour!
Nothing wrong with that, though. It’s nice to see such infectious pleasure in moving to France!
I do suspect, though, that when Olivia says… “Thus, it took three planes, one car, one tow truck, and one taxi for me to finally get to my family” it’s because she’s just plain worn them out?
If the first post is an explosion of Olivia’s first impressions on moving to France, the second post, Working 9 to 5 , Literally is all about school and how it is different to school in America.
Olivia doesn’t say which she prefers but she does tell us (in her enthusiastic manner) that she like the vacations and loves the Cantine!
And why shouldn’t she?
After all, holidays and food – isn’t that what life’s all about?
The third post.. A Melting Pot, A Pot of Soup, A Pot of Candy, But not a Pot of Coffee is about a trip to Mont St. Michel!
Which was basically 250 students from over thirty different countries all together at once, staying up and dancing until 3 a.m!
I may have skimmed over some of the details; Olivia does mention that the Latin Americans are better at the dancing bits!
The post is also about having two weeks off, visiting Albi, eating rabbit – of which Olivia says… “One of the strangest and most delicious things I have ever tasted”, going trick or treating (on Halloween) and then sleeping because she was tired!
Tired! I’m exhausted just reading this blog!
I can manage one more post and then I think I’ll need a lie down!
The fourth, and most recent, post… I Feel Anew for my New News details Olivia trading in her old host family for a new one.
And the new host family certainly ensured that Olivia didn’t get the blues being 5,000 miles from home over the Christmas period.
Oh, no! She was showered with presents on Christmas day and then, and I’ll use her words because she says it better than I could….
“we ate literally a five-star meal. I ate lobster for an appetizer on Christmas Eve, followed by soup, turkey, potatoes, the best salad I have ever eaten, green beans, homemade cheese, black walnut ice cream…sorry I was dreaming about the meal!”
And I feel full up just reading that (which is actually quite a new experience for me!)
In the new year there is singing in a French jazz choir and jam sessions.. and the gym!
And theater too!
Olivia finishes off the post with these words…
“I am living my French life to the fullest, and want to live every other aspect of my life with the same intensity. I want to feel anew with each new day.”
And yes, that positive attitude really dies shine through!
So, summing up…
Well, this is an excellent start to a blogging career; the author’s energy carries you along and the infectious joy, that is apparent in this blog, makes that journey a pure pleasure!
I highly recommend a visit to France, The Rotary, and Me!
It may be a tiring experience but…
It’ll be enjoyably tiring…
Like some of the best tiring things in life!
And, if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll just have a little lie down!
All the best
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