Monthly Recap: April

Wow, wow, wow…here we are folks – the seventh and final TAPIF monthly recap post. This month has been one of most fun-filled, action-packed months in France so far, so I’m excited to share it with you!

In the Classroom
With the two weeks of vacation in the middle of April, I’ve done minimal work in the classroom this month. Vacation, in addition to losing steam with lesson planning, means that I haven’t really been doing anything different in the classroom. The first week, I kept up with the same lessons I’d been using in March. During my last week of classes, I worked with whole class so I could say goodbye to as many students as possible. It’s really hard to say goodbye to all these students because honestly, they’re the best. I’m going to miss them a whole lot.

Destinations
Man, oh man, what a month of traveling it’s been! I started April on a high note by spending Easter afternoon at Bazoches, a castle about 35 minutes outside of Clamecy. Then, MTC and I’s vacances de printemps was intense – 16 cities in 17 days: Bordeaux, Toulouse, Carcassonne, Pézenayes, Montpellier, Aigues-Mortes, Nîmes, Marseille, Cannes, Nice, Sanremo, Menton, Céreste, Sisteron, Grenoble, and Thurins! It was a dream come true!

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What I’m Reading
Y’all…I did it! I officially read all seven Harry Potter books in French!! Woohoo! I don’t know what I’ll be reading next, but I’m looking to read tons of books this summer, in both English and French.

What I’m Listening To
Thanks to many a soirée with my colleagues, I’ve learned the drinking song “Il est des notres” and I’ve been singing it all month – both at parties and just whenever it pops into my head.

What I’m Watching
I’m still watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt and reruns of Big Bang Theory. L and I finished Jessica Jones, which was super good!! Plus it’s been a big movie month for me! I’ve watched a lot of Disney movies for the first time: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Hercules, Coco, and Rio (plus, we’re going to watch Ratatouille tonight!). I watched Pitch Perfect 2 & 3 (while both are a bit ridiculous, but the third was way better than the second).

Frenchy Firsts (and other highlights)

  • The week before vacation, L and I went out to lunch at a local restaurant in Clamecy, which is known for its’ frog legs – of course, I couldn’t go there without giving them a try! I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but they were really good! Kind of like escargot, that much butter, garlic, and parsley would make anything taste top-notch.

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  • This one is a bit different than normal – L is very into games like Warhammer and he is also super passionate about painting the figures that go with the games them. I’ve watched him paint a few times and he’s so into it, I decided to give it a shot for myself! So, this past weekend, I painted my first figure and I didn’t turn out half bad!

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  • This isn’t as much a first as it is a life event: I had my going away reception (and party afterward at a colleagues place), said goodbye to my students, surrendered my classroom keys, and spent as much time as I could with all the people in Clamecy who I’ve come to love. It’s been an equally lovely and rough past few days, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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Thanks for reading to the end and check back soon for more!

Until next time,

Michaela

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