Yesterday after French Thanksgiving dinner, I moved to my second host family. As a going away present from my first family I got a Christmas countdown calendar with chocolate. As a welcome present from my second family I got... a Christmas countdown calendar with chocolate! Now I get two pieces for each day in December haha. My new family is recomposed so my host mom (Sophie) has 2 sons (Antoine 17 and Emille 14) and a daughter (Angèle 12). My host dad (Laurent) has a daughter (Maëlle 20) and a son (Sam 17).
Here's some pictures from Thanksgiving:
My commute to school is now much easier. I leave at 7:45 instead of 7:20. Instead of walking to the bus, my host mom drives me with my host siblings to the tram (this cuts the bus out completely in the morning). Not having to wait at the bus stop is amazing news considering how cold it's getting. After school is exactly the same as it was. I take the tram to the middle of town where I wait at the same stop for bus 4 as opposed to bus 11. I'm glad the after school is the same because it gives me the option to stay in Caen or go directly home.
My family also told me on our drive through my school route that there is a bike path that leads directly from our town to the middle of Caen and specifically the pool. It's just a 20 minute bike ride so we can go pretty much whenever. I'm looking forward to the Christmas market in Rouen in two weeks! The one in Caen is already being set up and features a beautiful ferris wheel in front of the Abbey.
My new house!
Day 2 (kind of 3)
I didn't get lost so this is an amazing start. I did have to run to the bus after school though because I saw bus 4, realized that it said the other destination and not my town, calmed down, then a few seconds later saw bus 4 with my town and had to sprint. Using public transport can be great exercise lemme tell ya. So far having a large family is really nice. Lots of laughing over dinner and explanations to me of French play on words. The family had a fun time cleaning after dinner too. We cleaned a pot for about 10 minutes because the water had to boil to get some food off and letting it almost boil over but stopping it by picking it up was extremely amusing.