Angers, France. 02-04-2014
This past weekend was so good. Saturday ended up being BEAUTIFUL even though it was supposed to rain all day. The city of Angers has a program where you can rent a bike for free if you’re a student. So naturally, when in France, do as the stereotypical french. I went for my first bike ride here with a group of friends to the Parc Balzac. Because it’s apparently the rainy season, the park is flooded in parts. It’s strangely beautiful and it made for quite the adventurous ride. I was kind of nervous since I hadn’t ridden a bike in lots of years, and have no leg strength, but it ended up being great. I loved flying down the street with the wind in my face on such a beautiful, blue-sky, sunny day. The way back was a little rough with the consistent slight up-hill, but I made it.
I felt awesome the day after from the exercise. A few of us went back to the club K9 Saturday night and it ended up being a lot of fun. No surprise 80’s night this time. There’s something so deliciously sacrilegious about being in a club that used to be a church. The vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows make for quite the backdrop.
Sunday, a bunch of the internationals went to the Chateau d’Angers. It was spectacular to the see the city from the heights of the castle’s turrets.
Last night was the Super Bowl. I wasn’t too excited about going but decided to go along anyways… and I’m so glad that I did. It was hilarious to see all these French guys so pumped about American football! Turns out most of the guys were on the Angers American football team. At 2am, it got kinda weird. Because bars aren’t really supposed to be open on Sundays, it was technically illegal for them be open past 2. Bartender Sinead allowed us to stay, but we had to be real quiet. No yelling or cheering or anything. Quite the bizarre Super Bowl experience but definitely one that I won’t soon forget
Today was complete shit. Since we got back to the residences at 4am, I only got a few hours sleep before my 10am class, then ended up sleeping the rest of the day. I hate not being productive. I hate losing days here when I know my time is limited. I guess I’ve just got to accept a day wasted and be more proactive about making the most out of my days.
New week, new things, new days. And going to Bordeaux this weekend! Very excited to go on my first adventure outside of Angers. It’s funny…I’m very much a creature of habit and I like the comfort of routine, but sometimes, I feel like it can be too comfortable, making me complacent or lazy. I want to try to see each day as an opportunity for something new, as a chance to do something different, to learn something different – to grow.
Things are slowly coming together for traveling plans. Looks like for the winter break at the beginning of March, we’ll go to Paris and Amsterdam. For the longer break beginning of May, traveling along the South of France. The extent of my travel goals before arriving in France consisted of seeing as much of France as I could, since this is where I’m living, and to go to Greece. And it’s looking like Greece may actually happen at the start of the summer!!!!!
Good things. Good things indeed 🙂