How do you feel about leaving? Will you miss your host family?
this is an excellent question!! thank you, anon!
honestly, i’m mostly just excited to come home right now. i’m sad to leave my french friends and host family (esp. since i FINALLY have a host family that works!!!), but i’m also really really excited to see everyone back home again!
i haven’t been letting a lot of it on this blog, but to be honest this year has been… pretty weird for me. i was talking to my dad the other day and we figured out that a big part of the problem with nantes was that i was having less fun there than i would be having in durham: i didn’t really go out with friends, i didn’t really go out to eat, i didn’t really go exploring… my default setting here is “make myself the least inconvenient possible,” which translates to… doing jack shit, apparently. i get so caught up in NOT BEING A NUISANCE that i end up coming across as boring/uninterested in doing stuff, which is THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT I WANTED. and like, i realize this, and am conscious of it, and yet continue doing it because i don’t know how NOT to.
obviously it’s been a lot better in poitiers— my school was RIGHT downtown, and i became much closer friends with many more people in much less time than in nantes, plus they had more free time, so we’d go out for lunch and window shop and get ice cream and stuff.
A N Y WAY, so yeah: it’s kinda bittersweet to leave, but it’s good to come home. i’ve been pretty much non-stop psyched about senior year since like, february, so i have that to look forward to!! it was weird, the first things i missed were 1. my dogs and 2. durham academy & all my teachers. so it’s gonna be really good to get back there.
i am gonna miss my host family, in particular nicole (host mom)— we haven’t actually had ALL that much time together— since only mid-march!— so it’s not gonna be like… heart-rending? in the way that i think a lot of exchange students’ departures are. so… there’s that. obviously we’ll be keeping in touch, doing the whole cards-at-christmas-and-birthdays thing, that stuff.
i’ve been thinking about how to qualify my experience— was it more happy or more hard? how much fun vs pain/unfun was there? were there more positive experiences or negative ones? — and i think that honestly, there were probably more negative experiences than positive ones for me. it was weird and hard and not super fun for a lot of the time.
this year hasn’t been overall very fun, but it HAS been interesting. it wasn’t good or bad, but it was worth it.
at the very least now i have something to talk about at parties hahahaha
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In botany, marron is the horse chesnut (only one fruit in the hull grow, inedible) and chataigne is the common chesnut (several fruits can grow in one hull,edible). Then, when you talk about food, chataigne is the low-quality chesnut (smaller) and marron the high-quality chesnut (only a fruit has grown, so it's bigger), but both come from the edible chestnut.
AHHHHH okay!! that makes a lot of sense, merci beaucoup!!!
Well, it depends if you talk about the fruit tree-wise : marron is the inedible kind of chestnut (you take away the hull, you got one nut) or the edible kind (without the hull, several nuts), or if you talk about it as a food : both are the edible chestnut, but "marrons" is the fancier way to say it, while "chataigne" is more rustic.
omg thank you!! i… still don’t really understand about the trees hahahaha
but châtaigne being more rustic makes sense! SO AT LEAST THERE’S THAT