Week 8&9 Italy and France

We had two weeks of Vacances (holiday/school break) so my mom came to visit me for the first week and then I went on a tour of France with my school program here for the second week. So, I’ve posted my adventures with my mom and my tour of France, I hope you enjoy (:

We started the week off in Paris and visited the Eiffel Tower. So Beautifully lit up, it was perfect.


Then we found ourselves in Rome, Italy. Just kidding, this was carefully planned out by myself and my very helpful host dad who assisted me in picking a great location to stay in Paris and Italy. This is me and my mom at Mussolini’s Palace in Rome.

Spent some time at the roman ruins and went to the Roman Colosseum.

My mom and I inside the Colosseum.


We spent most of the next day in Vatican City, at the Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Hercules at the Vatican Museum


Entering the Sistine Chapel, no pictures were allowed inside. Sorry ):


This is the year of Jubilee which is every 25 years, so we entered the door in this year of Jubilee.



At St. Peter’s Basilica with my Mom

At the Vatican Post office, Vatican City is essentially it’s own country, so it has it’s own postage system and currency. That 50 cent Vatican euro coin is worth 25 European euro’s.

The Spanish Steps, Chanel, and Ice-cream at Piazza Spagna in Rome, Italy



To end our almost one week together, my mom met my host parents and we had a delicious dinner together that ended with my host mom’s home made
Tiramisu, it was Amazing.


We visited Mont St. Michel and the Chambord Castle, very beautiful. We climbed to the Abby at the very top of Mont St. Michel (on the left).


Visited the Palace of Versailles and entered into King’s Room; Louis XIV’s actual room (bottom right).


We rode on this Mechanical Elephant in the city of Nantes. It actually sprayed water from it’s trunk! This was at Les Machines de L’île (Machines of the Isle)


Went to the Louvre Museum in Paris (in Paris again) and saw the real…


Mona Lisa.

God is good.

Week 4&5 in France

Teaching in the schools and seeing the differnces between how things are taught

I helped to teach a relay race game to the students in English, trying not to speak French. This was challenging, because they think they don’t understand English, but they actually did very well understanding me and my gestures.

20160128_231659With the program we went to the Lazer tag place and that was really fun. We played two games of Lazer tag and it was pretty intense. My name was Viper in the game. It’s called and spelled “Laser Game” in Montpellier.

I also visited Jadin des plantes (Garden of Plants) which was really nice and calming. Gave me time to think, relax and meditate. The big tree has notes in in that people wrote and placed inside the holes inside of it, that was really cool. I tried to read some of the notes in French…

This is me walking through the paths at Jardin des Plantes–The sun is shining on me on my path (that’s deep).

This kitten came to visit me. Super cute.

My visit to Musee Fabre (Museum Fabre) was great! And there were 4 floors to the museum! There was a new African Exposition which was great, there was a lot of security everywhere at every corner of the museum and in the African Museum, they said that taking pictures was “Interdit” (prohibited)–This is to protect the Art.

There was a children’s book display at the museum too! And they’re all culturally relevant books, so of course I took picturesssssss (:


Went to the zoo and Jarden de plante and parc zoologique de montpellier A.K.A, the zoo with my friend Hannah.


My Mood looking at the snake…

Fabulous pictures of Us


On top of the Rhino

Week 2&3 in France

Because this is a Study Abroad experience, I take courses here related to my major and have an internship/volunteer experience related to my major.

My study abroad program is called the Teaching Practicum in France; therefore I will be teaching French Elementary school students English

On the left is my french book, because I also have to take a French course as well as other courses related to my my major (Elementary Education).

On the right are pictures that I took of the work my students were doing. I’m in a third grade class, which I’m happy about because I want to teach third grade. I’ve noticed that French students have much better handwriting!! Cursive handwriting is taught to all the students throughout their schooling K-12; do I even remember how to write in cursive? Moving on.

This is definitely a busy time being in the classroom for 2-3 hours a day Mon-Thurs, plus taking classes, but I’ve actually been enjoying what I’ve been learning.


I got better from suffering from a sore throat during the second week. My host parents gave me this heat pad that was filled with hot water and wrapped around cloth.  It’s called a “bouteille”. I was to put in on my feet when I was sleeping, which I did, it felt so gooood! I felt like a baby! So warm and my fatigue and sickness went down.

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These past two weeks have consisted of A-LOT of food, and I’ve found my favorite French cheese called “Camembert” made from “Lait de vache” (cow milk) .

My host mom is ethnically Italian, so I had “Le café Italien” (Italian Coffee). Though I don’t life Coffee it wasn’t too bad (very rich), and I didn’t even put sugar or milk in it. The second picture is the first meal I made for myself here; spaghetti, peas, and chicken.

I went to the city of Palavas with my host family and chilled at the Mediterranean Sea. So Beautiful!

More food!!! I went to an Asian restaurant in Montpellier with my friend Hannah, and I tried “Canard” (Duck)!! It tasted good, not an usual taste at all.


Lastly, at the end of the third week. I finally got a chance to go shopping. I spent a portion of my Saturday enjoying the “soldes” (sales) in Montpellier, France. I leaned that these sales only come twice a year all over France, this is the first season for the sales and there are literally items that are 70% off. It was great!


1st Week in France!!

It has officially been an entire week since I’ve been in France and so much has happened in these short 7 days, I don’t even know where to begin and what to post. I am studying abroad this semester in France (SPRING 2016); more details in future posts.

Things continue to happen so, I will recap the first week with pictures and some words.

We arrived in Montpelier, France Monday the 4th of January Last week. Spent a Night in a nice hotel, the Ibis–which I’ve noticed is in a lot of different places in the south of France at least.

My First Days–Orientation

Jan 5 Wed:

  1. We had a tour of our Beautiful city; the tour of Montpellier

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I loved the trees and they wanted to say Hi (:—-By the Tram (train/light rail)

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Le Centre ou La Place de Comédie (The Main Center or  The Comedy Place)

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Shopping area                                                         This is the more “risqué” part of town

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Left: Photo of “Un Lycée” a Highschool  Right: In our program office, I decided to take a picture of a French Keyboard! It’s actually very different.

 2. Picture of the Home & Meeting my Host Family

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The Kitchen/ Pantry Area

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A view outside from the kitchen and living room balcony

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The Living room Area


The Hall of Books- A lot of French Books, Literature, Movies, and Kids Books!

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My Room and a view outside from my balcony


My Host parents; we were enjoying a pre-dinner tea and we were preparing on food another day (photo on the right)


Our usual Dinner placement and “Le Vin Rouge” (Red wine)

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Me cooking oysters

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!!!Me trying the oysters Raw!!!!! That was an EXPERIENCE

Jan 6 Thurs:  Historical Tour of the city



Le trois graces (The three graces) statue

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Photos of L’arc de Triomphe

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Me on Top of L’arc de Triomphe

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Views from the top of L’arc de Triomphe

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An Old Church; From Different Angles

Jan 7 Fri: Our first shopping experience


We went to a mall called Odysseum in Montpellier, France and these are the things that I bought. I walked around the mall with a friend, exploring the different attractions. Much like the U.S. they have different recreational areas; for example there was an aquarium and there was a laser tag place in the mall as well.

Being an education major; of course I bought childrens books…IN FRENCH. I tried to choose books that looked more French and couldn’t easily be found in the US. The book on the left is titled “Ti-Pirate ” meaning Little Pirate. Also the book on the right “Mes petites règles de vie” meaning My little rules of Life. This book is awesome; because it details how to live the “French” way for Kids. I thought it would be good for me as well! To learn the french customs.

I also bought a sweater and electronic goods that I needed. But the books were cooler to me. I still want to shop; don’t know when that will be.

Jan 8 Sat: Our First Excursion to Le pont du gard and the city of Nîmes

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Me at Le Pont du Gard

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l’Amphithéâtre in Nîmes, France

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Le Pont du Gard and the outside of l’Amphithéâtre in Nîmes, France

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Inside of an old Temple and the Spring of Nîmes


Me under a golden gate


Besides being sick having “Mal a la gorge” (a sore throat), this week has been filled with a lot of different great experiences and I’ve learned a lot about the french culture in this time. I’ve experienced a bit of culture shock, in feeling tired and a little overwhelmed or insecure when wanting to speak the language.

However; here is a list of the differences (or things) I’ve noticed.

Faire la bise– In my city, we do this three times ON THE CHEEK, NOT on the lip (you make the sound; you don’t actually kiss people on the cheek).

Dinner is Late– In my host family’s home, it’s 8:30pm

Everyone smokes– A lot of people smoke, everywhere outside, it’s strange for me

Store hours-Stores close during lunch time (when I want to run errands)

Wine and Cheese– Always/typically had at dinner; they’re staples

Dog poop on sidewalks– I haven’t had too much of a problem walking into it

Baguettes– Besides having a whole bucket full of bread, my host Dad bought 2 baguettes to freeze–just in case they run out.

Sales– Sales are after the holidays, but they are amazing like 50-60% off-REALLY

How I feel & My overall experiences,

I’ve gotten sick, felt very awkward when trying to speak and express myself in French, and felt the differences in the culture and way of life. However; looking back at the pictures and the things I’ve experienced in just one week, I can already tell that this is going to be a worthwhile experience. It will definitely teach me to adjust, accept things as they are, and to go with the flow (and that’s not my nature) . My basic goals now are to take in as much as I can, write a lot, and learn by reviewing the things I’ve learned.

School began this week, so I will be posting a week 2 update on my experience here on Sun the 17th of January. Let’s see what this week brings.

Other Nuggets/Photos:

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The Night Light                   ME at a French Cafe; look at the background


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African Night [University Edition]

African Night was a great addition to my 1st year as a University student. I got the chance to perform, give a speech with Mr. Africa, and Model. And I went to the After party after that. All events were hosted through my University’s African Student Association (ASA).

My makeup for this night was done by Rosemary Olatunbosun check her out on instagram: @rolat07

Professional Photos taken by Ageyi Photography check out their instagram: @ageyi_photography 

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Giving a speech with Mr.Africa





Strutting my stuff on stage and the full traditional clothing called “Ankara”.






After party shenanigans with my WOES. Black female wolf pack #BFWP


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I’m glad I took a break from school and let myself have this experience. It was a great one!

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