Tuesday, July 22, 2008

La Fête Nationale, Avignon, Arles, and the last days of class!

On le 14 juillet, we went to one of the bridges on the Rhône river to see the fireworks launched from behind the cathedral at Fourvière. I didn't bring my camera with me because we went out dancing afterwards and I didn't want to lose my camera. The fireworks were pretty good, but they probably would have been much better if we had been close enough to hear the music that I'm assuming accompanied them. Afterward, Canovas and Barbara led us over to the bal de pompiers and we danced ALL night until about 3 am. It was so so so much fun and I was really glad that I didn't have a purse or anything with me - I put all of my ID and money in the boots I wore! Anyway, no one got much sleep that night and we were sooo tired at class the next day.

The rest of the week went by pretty quickly and this past weekend, we went to Avignon and Arles. It was really fun because a theater festival has been going on for three weeks, so there were a lot of cool street performers and Avignon is just an overall beautiful city. We went out to eat at a cute restaurant for lunch and later in the day, we went to this ice cream place and I got three scoops: Nutella, Kinder Chocolate, and Tiramisu. It was amazing.

After that, William, one of the guys in the program, was putting on a small performance, so we headed over to the spot he'd picked out earlier in the day. He's a part of the theater program at ASU and with the Barrett Honors College, he's doing his thesis as a performance of poetry and prose themed on Tristan and Isolde. He did about the first fifteen minutes of it and it was so good. I was really impressed and now I've been trying to think more about what I want to do for my honors thesis, but I still have quite awhile to figure all of that out.

That night we tried to go to another restaurant, but everywhere was really crowded so we all went and bought delicious delicious kebabs. Seriously, they were good. We were supposed to meet our program directors at a bar that night, but Katie, Anna, Ashley, and I were tired so we went back to our room at the hostel in Avignon. We fell asleep really fast since we'd been walking around all day.

The next day we went to a Chartreuse outside of Avignon and it was really beautiful. After that, we drove to Arles and went to a photo exposition. Some of it was pretty cool, but we got really bored after awhile and everyone was ready to get home by the end of the day and SHOWER. We could've showered at the hostel on Saturday or Sunday morning, but we all neglected to bring towels because we wanted our backpacks to be lighter. Who would've thought Avignon would be so warm! As soon as we got home, I showered for almost thirty minutes and went straight to bed.

This week we've just been finishing up our last days of classes and working on projects. Tomorrow is our last day before our theater performance on Thursday and the presentation of our Grave Robber Monopoly game. I'm excited to be done and relax this weekend and to meet Tyler in Barcelona! I miss you all very much and I loved seeing all the videos of you guys on youtube! So jealous that you saw Mamma Mia! and I hope everyone had a great time.

Happy Belated Birthday, Mommy and I love you all!!!!!

1 comment:

  1. KATIE i am so jealous of your european adventures (haha, you're-a'-peein'). and that ice cream seriously made my mouth water.