Day 21 – 1/24/2019

Bonjour! This past weekend was a busy but fun one. Since we last posted, the other group of students who are spending the semester in home stays arrived in Montpellier. We went out with a group of them on their second night and were a fun enough crowd that the bartender gave us a free round of drinks…French bartenders are the best. We all made our way home during the early hours of the morning and woke up about 4 hours later to make it the train station for a day trip to the fishing city of Sete. The city is about a 20-minute train ride from Montpellier, so it was a nice ride to rest our aching heads. When we got there, we were given time to explore where we came across a cool old fort that has been made into a concert venue now (picture below). After our free time, we hiked up to the top the small mountain/big hill overlooking Sete. We were told that it was about a 30-minute walk but in reality, it was a 30-minute hike of death. Narrow, slightly inclined streets turned into 70 flights of stairs that seemed to never end. Upon arrival at the top, every person was red in the face and dripping sweat. But the increased heart rate and perspiration was worth the view. After nearly 12 miles of walking (we’re not kidding…12 miles), we made our way back to the train station to learn that our train back was delayed because of protests. Eventually, we were able to board the train and make it back to our apartment before we dropped dead from exhaustion. Busy weekend but a great time. Cheers!

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