“Oui, j’habite ici”

As I went to validate my ticket this morning at the Eglise de Brou to take a tour of the 16th century cathedral in my neighborhood, and I heard myself say the words, “Oui, j’habite ici” (Yes, I live here) to the lady asking at the guichet (residents get in for free at the monastère). I am still in disbelief that I am a resident of Bourg-en-Bresse. I have a growing list of things confirming my sneaking suspicion that I live in the coolest place in the world (don’t try to contest that statement… I overuse superlatives. I know).

The Monastère de Brou was built in 1504 under the command of Marguerite d’Autriche. It is unreal to see things built by people you learned about in French Culture and Civilization. It felt so flat then (sorry Robert…) but it feels so real now that I can see and touch it. I was mesmerized by the grandeur of inside of la monastère as much as I was struck by its outward beauty.

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It’s been a busy few days of settling in. I opened a bank account yesterday and got a SIM Card for my phone. Last night, we had a get together to meet lots of people in the neighborhood. It was so much fun and I found a family to tutor for! Also, a fellow TAPIF assistant came last night to spend the night at my apartment and check out Bourg today. It’s been nice to have a bit of a break for my brain and speak some English. We’re heading now to a dance recital featuring my two dancer roommates (they’re so great) and tomorrow, I am going to Carré d’Eau for some combination of swimming and spa things? I’m not really sure. I was invited by my landlord’s son’s girlfriend and I’m currently accepting every invitation I receive to meet people so count me in! That’s sure to be an adventure.

I don’t technically start working until Thursday, but I have decided to start early! Tomorrow, I’ll go to Ceyzériat to spend a few hours observing Carole with her little ones (she teaches 11-12 year olds) and Tuesday, I’ll go to my collège here in Bourg.

Life is moving along so quickly. Thankfully, my French is mostly able to keep up!

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