After many traveling woes on the way here I arrived safely in Marseille last Saturday the 18th. Since then I have had many interesting adventures. The first weekend I spent getting to know my host family. They are really fantastic and similar to my own family, so that has been really great for me. I think it's really important to have a host family you are comfortable with because the support they give you is crucial. On Sunday they took me on a small tour of Marseille. We visited Notre Dame de la Garde which is a large church. There was a beautiful view of all of Marseille.
My first week here has been focused on orientation and getting to know Marseille. I have learned all about French culture and language. I won't bore you all with a lot of specifics but things like table manners and the difference between the formal, current, and familiar language.
On Friday I met one of my language partners at the end of the day. We went out to dinner with some of the other students and their language partners. On Saturday I visited the region of Luberon in three small villages. It was very picturesque and beautiful and I'm so glad I got to go.
I am excited to start classes tomorrow and I'll keep you all posted as my adventures continue.