Here's an account of my latest endeavors
Pegasus bridge: an important turning point for the liberation of Caen.
The craziness for the Repas started Saturday morning. I began cutting cabbage at 10 and was done with the ground beef by 2. I think that I could make the dressing for coleslaw in under 30 seconds!
At 2, I left with my host family to go to Caen for a dictée. I suppose the translation would be dictation? It was held in the management school where a man read off a few paragraphs while everyone copied. If I remember correctly: error in conjugation was -2 points, spelling was -1, and accentuation was -.5. The first place winner had just -2! Considering the speed of the reading and difficulty level of the words, I was floored by that.
Then I went to Arianna's house for the night because her family would drive me the next morning. We made some churros, ate fondu, danced, and sang karaoke... fun night! We even turned the karaoke into "The Voice" with spinning chairs. Arianna's host brother also practically dragged me outside when I told him that I played soccer so we played for about half an hour.
The next morning we got up at 8 to drive to Villainville. "The evilest of towns" according to Arianna's host father. The students got to eat pizza while preparing the food. This was the point when I realized that sloppy joes are definitely not meant for bite-size pieces. I also was given a microwave that needed to be switched on and off every minute in order to continue going. With the help of a very generous rotarian, I was able to finish in time!
We served the 200-some people, saw a dance performance by a student and her host brother, all introduced ourselves and our food, then it was time for dessert! A rebound from the USA brought cupcakes that we formed into a flag.
The French outbounds also told us where they're going to go, and out of the 6 going to the US, 3 are going to Ohio!! Of course, I taught them: OH! IO!
One of the short terms to Ohio also happens to be the daughter of my history teacher. There was also a long term that said he already knows that he's going to D6690!
On the way back we stopped at the iconic Falaise d'Etretat!