French Exchange Part Two: Bella Romero

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French Exchange Part Two: Bella Romero

Bella Romero

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by Bella Romero

How many people can say that in high school they had the chance to visit France and stay with a fellow high schooler and their families? Fortunately, I can. At the end of May, 2019 to the middle of June, I had the opportunity to go to France and be emerged in the culture with my student, Jade, and her family. I lived in her house with her and her mother, father, sister, and puppy. They were all very welcoming, they hugged me and told me about themselves and did their best to makes me comfortable. All the student at the school would also be very welcoming. During field trips they would show us around and give us the locals view. Actually being in France was very exciting, however, the journey there was the most exciting. We buzzed with excitement and plans for when we finally get there. 

You may have hear the cliche, “It’s not the destination it’s the journey,” and when it came to this trip I could not agree more. From the moment we left our parents to go through security to the moment when we stepped out of the train station we were thinking about the endless possibilities that awaited us. We had a lot of time on our hands considering that we had a full day of travel ahead of us but we found things to do. For example, Madam made it her personal mission to get a picture of all of us sleeping. Thankfully I was able to escape. The rest of us had various movies and card games that were used many times in the travel there and back. However, nothing compared to when I saw Jade and her parents for the first time in their home.

 

Though her mother did not speak any English I felt loved and cared for by her. She would pack me lunches everyday and have a loving smile and twinkle in her eye I will never forget. Her father would always make conversation with me at the dinner table about Rennes, or his past life. His English was hard to understand, but I was able to communicate with him. Her sister had spent a year in Spain and came back while I was staying with them. She spoke fluent English and didn’t even have much of an accent. She treated me like a sister. I will forever wish I could live with them again. 

Daily life in France looked a lot like riding the bus to school, then riding another bus, then taking the metro to our next field trip. Every day we went somewhere new and learned new things about the french culture. We went to St. Malo, Mont. St. Michel, Downtown Rennes, Art museums, and lots of other amazing places I will forever remember. St. Malo was a city on the coast that was completely surrounded in these huge stone walls that looked like something right out a movie. Mont St. Michel was an island with a huge cathedral on the top surrounded by shops. Downtown Rennes was the most fun trip we took. We got to walk around and explore and go into shops or go eat or do whatever we wanted. The art museum we went to in Rennes was one of the most amazing places I had ever been. It was nothing like I had ever seen. The whole trip I was speechless.

The two weeks I spent in France were the best two weeks of my life. I got to visit world famous places with some of my now closest friends. The journey there, the family that became my second family, and all of the places we visited will forever be in my heart. Now my goal is to do all that I can to go back and experience that again.