September 7, 2014 – I always find it a bit pretentious to say my second home is in France, but it’s the truth. And after my best friend’s mother bought me a decor pillow with those exact words, I’ve chosen to embrace it. Why not?
After a full first week of classes at Sciences Po, I headed down to my familiar city of Bordeaux for the weekend to see my host family (I lived with them during a gap year between HS & college) and relax. Paris is great, don’t get my wrong, but there was something so insanely reassuring about being in Bordeaux again. Seriously, as soon as I stepped off that train, I was immediately at ease. Warmth, sunshine, French people, pretty architecture, good wine – this place really has it all. When I was thinking about how to explain it to people, I decided that Bordeaux is like the California of France. Paris being the New York, of course.
|Miroir d’eau (basically a giant wading pool) in Bordeaux|
|I’m such a sucker for wrought-iron balconies|
|My host fam has a farm, and I just found these donkeys to be so amusing|
|The newest animal additions to my second home – the bottom right one is my favorite, I named her Champagne|
|Traditional regional salad (salade landaise) with duck & foie gras & prunes|
|Had to stop for mojito-flavored tea with one of my good friends, Eline|
I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend of just hanging around and not doing much. The weather was perfect, I caught up with quite a few old friends and mostly just had some quality time with my second family in my second home. I also got to speak French 24/7 (which is definitely not the case in Paris, even though I’m studying at a French university) and lost a bit of the heavy American accent I acquired from not being immersed in French for two years – yay! I didn’t do much that was really picture-worthy – aside from those moments pictured above – but I’m planning to do a weekend in the city with my host sister when she moves into her new apartment, so stay tuned for a Guide to Bordeaux soon!