A week and a half ago I left my home in Winnipeg. I had prepared for so long for that day it just felt surreal that it was actually happening. Leaving my family and friends was probably one of the hardest things that I’d ever had to do to this day but strangely, after I left them, I couldn’t help but feel relieved. I felt relieved because I knew I had passed the hardest part and now I could just focus on the adventures that I was about to begin.

Almost a day later I arrived in Paris. I think I even just caught a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower as the plane was arriving to the Charles-de-Gaulle airport. My parents, Dany and Alain, picked me up at the Gare de Lorraine. They are so nice to me. They’ve hosted students before so they know how the process works and that just makes everything easier. It took me a couple days to get rid of the jet flag. I had some really weird cravings at like 4 am for the first couple days.

My village is beautiful and so is fancy! My family always joke about Canadians and they make me eat lots of cheese. Quickly came my first day of school. It was very nerve-racking, especially because I was arriving in the middle of the year. The school here is so big but the teachers were welcoming and I met some really nice people which I’ve already hung out with out of school and talked on social media. I think I’m going to learn a lot here. Now I am on holidays for two weeks. Dany and Alain help me stay active being both gym teachers and encourage me visit the cities nearby, today it was Metz. Saturday I am leaving for Italy on a ski trip with my family! I am so excited! We’ve already talked about visiting the South of France and in March we are going to Berlin and Poland to visit their friends. Like every experience, it has its challenges, but my New Year’s resolution was to stay positive and I think I’ve done pretty good so far!

I miss Canada but I love it here too.

– Ariane

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