Day 6 – 1/9/2019

Started classes today, never felt more out of place in my life. Professor asked if there where any foreign kids in the class, I actually forgot that was me and didn’t raise my hand. The kid next to me spoke some English, when I told him I from Minnesota he proceeded to ask if it was “in west? Cowboys?”. Also, kids here love tight pants, that was clearly evident in class. Yesterday was the start of what is essentially the French version of Black Friday. Great opportunity to buy tight pants at 50%-60% off… yay. We have been hitting the stores tying to buy some clothes that don’t scream, “I’m from America”. Pea coats are high on our list for purchases. No pictures for this weeks blog. We took some, just would rather my mother not see them… sorry mom. Looking forward to planning some trips in the coming weeks and setting the curve for these French kids. We’ll keep you posted with any exciting updates. Cheers

Day 3 – 1/6/2019

Wow. This place is way better than I ever could have thought. We have had an action/wine packed couple of days. We moved into our our new apartment, it is in a renovated chocolate factory from the 1600’s. It a mix of modern style and IKEA furniture. There are four units in our apartment but only two are complete. The other occupied unit is two other U of M students who also enjoy the consumption of cheap wine… We have become good friends! Since you last heard from us we went on a formal tour of the city, LOTS of enthusiasm from the tour guide. Following the tour we went around with two peer assistants who are basically the only reason we have any idea what is happening. The female peer assistant seem fairly intrigued by us… hmmm. today we took the tram to the Mediterranean, stunning views. Tried to get a drink by the ocean, ended up walking for 40 minutes to the other side of the marina to the only open bar, only to have them turn us away and say they were closing. Don’t think it was true as they were still serving people, I hate socialist. We have done a good amount of exploring the city on our own, by that I mean we have done some pub hoping. We are HUGE fans of a little pub in the city center called ReBuffys. Cheap wine and lots of young people, will definitely be spending a lot of time there. Neither of us are addicted to cigs yet, we’ll see how long that last. We have discovered that wine is cheaper than water, not mad about that. We got 6 bottles yesterday at the grocery, we are gonna have to restock here tomorrow… sorry mom. Took a couple pictures, that we will post below. More to come, we’ll keep you all posted, cheers.

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Day 0- 1/3/2019

Yes we made a blog… no we don’t know what we are doing. This is going to be as close to an accurate account of our 4 months in Europe as we would like our mothers and grandmothers to see. We are here in Montpelier, France. No neither of us speak any French… should be interesting. We hope this is a fun and easy way for everyone to follow along and feel up to date. We plan to conquer this city like only two American college students can, with pure ignorance and a willingness to try. Hope you enjoy following our travels, mishaps, copious wine consumption, and adventures along the way. Salute- Erik and Andrew