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Angers, Shmangers

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I can't believe I've reached the halfway point of my trip. Well, technically, that point is a week and a half away, but you get the idea.

The last week of my trip has been spent in Angers, France, and I gotta tell ya, I'm missing Budapest hardcore. You know how they always say you don't realize how good you've got it till it's gone? I'm experiencing that right now. Angers isn't a bad place, but it's a lot different than any of the other cities I've stayed in. It's about the size of Dayton, so it has a little under 200,000 inhabitants. I don't know where these 200,000 people are during the day, but they sure aren't near us. It's really a college town, so maybe the city is a little more lively during the school year, but all I know is that during the summer it is dull, dull, dull.

There is still a large section of the city that I haven't toured--maybe it's better over there. I wanted to go on a bike tour today and see what I haven't seen, but the other guy that was going left without me. Boo. Oh well, I'm sure there will be more opportunities for me to go.

Classes have been all right. It's difficult to cram 15 weeks worth of work into 4 weeks. It can be overwhelming at times, but our professors are pretty nice, and they are a heck of a lot better than our Hungarian professors. (Turns out they didn't teach us crap.) Our Angers (by the way, Angers is pronounced like "on-jay," but the "j" is soft, just thought I'd let you know) professors have had to teach us everything that our Hungarian professors were supposed to have taught us in the first two weeks of classes. Well, I guess that's more true for marketing than it is finance.

Today is Sunday, and I think I'm just going to take it easy today. Maybe do some shopping, watch some tv on my computer, laundry, homework. You know, normal U.S. stuff. ;) I'm still trying to catch up on the sleep I've been steadily losing since Istanbul. I'm afraid if I don't relax at least one day in this five-week period, I'll just crash. But that hasn't happened yet, per se, so it's all good.

So.. let's see if I have any stories to tell you that can make this post a little more interesting. Hmm..

Nope. Got nothing.

Maybe I'll just continue talking about my feelings. Ha ha.. We all love THAT, now don't we? I really don't even have a reason to write a post. I'm just bored and have nothing better to do. Well, I could be studying or doing something else constructive... naaahhhh. Or, as my grandfather would say, psssshhhht. At this moment, I'm wishing that the time difference wasn't so huge because I would love to be chatting with all of you on Skype, but most of you are probably still sleeping!

I'm really looking forward to the next leg of my trip. I leave this Friday morning at 6 am to take a train from Angers to Paris, and then a plane from Paris to Zurich, Switzerland, where my good friend Patrick is going to pick me up at the airport. (For those of you who know Patrick, I'll be sure to tell him hello from you ;)). He lives on the southwest border of Germany and Switzerland, and he and his family have been kind enough to let me stay with them for the week off I have in between class sessions. I loved the time I spent in Germany so far, so I really cannot wait to go back. Plus, Pat said he'd plan a bunch of stuff for us to do, so I'm excited to see what he has planned for this week. After my week in Germany, I start my second session of classes in London. I feel like it's going to be so easy to get around the city. Once you've mastered public transit in several different cities, countries, and languages, London doesn't seem so difficult to conquer. After London, we travel for about a week and go to Stonehenge and stay in a castle in Wales overnight (I'm looking forward to comparing that castle to the one I stayed in in Bacharach, Germany). Then my trip ends in Dublin, Ireland where I stay for the last two weeks, and then I fly home on July 30th! Wow.. I can't believe how time has flown! It's going to be strange living in the states again. I'm pretty sure I'll be experiencing reverse culture shock. I can't wait to see you all again! I've tried calling many of you using Skype, but it's difficult to get a hold of you with the time change. If a 0000123456-ish kind of number flashes across your cell, it's me! Pick up! Ha ha :)

Anyway, I do believe I've wasted enough of your time chatting about my feelings and boredom. I'll make sure that the next time I write a post, I actually have something to say!

Until something cool happens,

Dana

Posted by drhoades 05:21 Archived in France

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HI!!!!! It's really hard to feel sorry for you!!! I love you and it's ok to talk about your feelings.

by Mom

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