Hello everyone! We're down to the last month here in France. This is week nineteen, with just four left - and three with my host family.
Last week, I said I'd be making a recap post for the last three weeks, so that's what I'm doing now.
Starting with the week of May 1st, one notable thing is that the final performance order was posted for the orchestra on Wednesday for our concert, which included a piece that I wrote.
The score order for our orchestra concert
The name of my piece, by the way, is The Tale of the Ocean King, not kink. The director came up to me at the end of rehearsal and apologized for making a typo because he wrote it up really fast. I'm a teenage boy, I found it hilarious. I took this photo so I could send it to all of my English-speaking friends, and they found it hilarious as well. I had to explain to the director that his typo was something completely different in English, because I started laughing when I saw it.
Music concert I went to on Thursday
I also went to go to a concert during that week, which was at the local Salle de Spectacle which is basically the government-owned theatre/auditorium of Montauban. The concert was a school music program presentation,which are rare since not many schools in France have music and arts programs. We went because Clara, whom I've mentioned before (she plays in the orchestre with me at the music school and my host mom knows her mom), was playing in the orchestra. Something I found cool and very French was that there were at least four accordions in the orchestra. I'm not sure if you can see them in the photo, but they are there.
I can't really remember all the details of everything that happened during this week, and I didn't take too many pictures, so it must have been a pretty average week.
The week of May 8, Monday was ferié, which means that it was pretty much a bank holiday so I didn't have school.
The rest of the week, I was in Nice. You can read about that trip in my last post.
I got back Friday morning, and spent most of the day recharging for the evening when some people came over to celebrate Jean-Luc (my host dad)'s birthday, which was on May 11th.
My host dad with his birthday tiramisu
This last week was rather eventful, or maybe it's just fresher in my memory.
With friends at the sports complex
On Tuesday, our History class got cancelled, so we had two hours for lunch. On Tuesdays, we usually go get food from a nearby grocery store (Leader Price) at noon, so after getting sandwiches and drinks, we went to the sports complex next the school to hang out until we had class.
The Salle des Fetes in Puylaroque
On Wednesday, I we had our orchestra concert (the one where the director printed the order with a typo). I directed my piece at the end of the show, and I think it went pretty well. One of my host mom's friends, Bernadette, came to see my piece being played and she said it was really good. It wasn't the smoothest, but it was good for only three rehearsals, I think.
My dad when he saw us at Toulouse airport
Friday evening, my dad flew in to Toulouse. My host mom picked me up from school at 4, and then we went straight to the airport to pick him up.
Me, my dad, and my host mom
My host parents and my dad
In the morning the next day
At Toulouse airport Saturday morning
My dad just stayed the night Friday, then left the next morning. Everyone said it was too short, but my dad had to go back home before the next week. It was really weird having him here since it's like my family is in Chicago and my host family and I are in Montauban - but then my dad was in Montauban, if that makes sense.
My dad also speaks no French, so I had to translate a lot between English and French. Sometimes it got confusing and I'd translate French into French or English into English which wasn't helpful.
Me with all the host grandparents and my host dad
Yesterday, Sunday, the host grandparents came over for lunch to celebrate Jean-Luc's birthday. Jean-Luc's mom forgot the cake but it was OK because she brought strawberries and we had those instead. I'd also made a marble pound cake on Wednesday, so we put the candles in that...
The candles in the marble cake
So that's what I've been up to in the last few weeks! Lots of tests and evaluations are happening in school because the year is almost done. I'll see you next week!