First off, it’s great to see so many new views on the blog! Please accept my apologies for not posting sooner – I now have my laptop and an internet connection setup! Now for the post…
We all arrived in Paris safe, sound, and on time! Michael, our linguistics instructor who has been onsite for several weeks, met us at baggage claim and led us to the group bus. After departing from CDG, we stopped at L’Arche, a cafeteria, where students had lunch; a choice of different French baguette sandwiches and desserts.
It was an overcast and cooler day on the road to Saumur; we had about two hours after lunch on the road before arriving and pairing students with their host families (the families were very excited to meet them and many brought the entire family to greet them!) They did very well and seemed comfortable doing the the typical French greeting of a kiss on each cheek!
Your sons and daughters have done a terrific job upholding the honor code and practicing their French since landing in Paris—they have such a good level of French; it’s impressive to hear some of the questions and conversations they are able to have already! I am really looking forward to our first day of class working with them.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, is a ‘journée libre’, a free day, to help students acclimate to the time change, recover from a long day of traveling, and get to know their host families better. We have an orientation session planned and a practical tour of Saumur planned for Wednesday to help them acclimate to classes and the city.
I will be making another post this week with lots of photos hopefully, but to close this post I want to thank all the parents and guardians for arriving in such a timely manner at Chicago O’Hare and preparing the students for international travel. This set a great, smooth tone to the start of the study abroad experience!