All the students are enjoying free time with their host families this weekend! What an amazing opportunity to explore Rennes, its culture, and the surrounding areas with such wonderful local guides! Here are a few of their activities:
Zoe: This weekend I am going with my host family to St. Malo just north of Rennes. My host family has a house there and we will be staying Saturday night and returning to Rennes Sunday night. St. Malo is a town right by the sea bordered by granite walls which used to hold a kind of rest stop for pirates. For dinner tonight we had raclette, which is delicious melted cheese over boiled potatoes with charcuterie. It’s a little like fondue but much better. Tomorrow we are celebrating my host sister’s birthday by eating galettes and going to the beach and doing a bit of shopping.
Zoe and Juliette at the Saturday market — Place des Lices
en mangeant la raclette!
Susan: The first day of the weekend was great! I went to tennis practice with my host sister and then I went to a supermarket to get gardening tools with her parents. I met more of her friends at the tennis practice today. When we got home, we started to watch a French movie together. I’m looking forward to going to the beach tomorrow with them!!
Susan and her host sister!
le café: Chérie Chéri à Rennes
Tanya: Today we went to Saint Malo. It was windy and raining yet was still beautiful. We walked around town and stopped for lunch. I ordered a galette, which is a specialty of Brittany. After that we did some shopping, and my host parents bought me this beautiful pair of earrings. After that, we went to visit my host sister’s aunt, uncle, and cousin. Then we came home, watched a movie, and ate dinner.
Les belles filles au bord de la mer!
Darian: I spent my Saturday with my host family in Rennes. In the morning my host mother and I went to one of France’s largest produce markets. The market was absolutely amazing and I learned that most people in France do not buy their food from super markets. I loved the market because you were able to talk to the people who made the food and you could be sure that the food you were buying was of good quality. One think that especially struck me was that at the stand for eggs that my host mother and I visited, the seller had pictures of his farm and his chickens. This struck me because in the US many companies say they are organic or cage free and then have scandals that they were lying. After the market my host mother and I went to a cafe and I learned that many young people will go to the market and then go to a cafe, converse, drink, smoke, and eat cheese and bread.