My Trip to Mont Saint Michel

During these nine months, my school provides us (about 70) students with little 1-3 weekend trips throughout France. So far, these trips have been within Brittany, the region I’m living in. These quick, little vacations have produced many highlights of my study abroad experience so far. We’ve toured museums, explored fascinatingly old churches, and even visited the Cairn of Barnenez, which is considered one of the first “buildings” in the world. At nights, I had the chance to learn more about the girls with whom I shared a room where we made plenty of memories and inside jokes. The following day we had misfortune of eating the wrong type of crêpe for lunch, and know you must be thinking, “What? Wrong type of crêpe? No, that’s impossible!” But there is a wrong crêpe! At least there was for us when we ordered “andouille” in our crêpe thinking it was normal sausage. (Many enjoy its tastes and it’s a specialty in this region, but to our American tongues it was not a very pleasant surprise).

Last week, my classmates and I, along with some of our host siblings, traversed the Mont Saint Michele Bay. Now depending on the day, this can be a beautiful, relaxing trip. We happened to choose the day when there was, in my Southern Californian raised opinion, a small hurricane. Yes, I’m being dramatic, but the tides in this bay are known to be quite dangerous and this route is known for its inclement weather. In fact, this small island city was almost never conquered by enemies throughout history because so many men would die and be swept out to sea because of the fast-changing weather. Fortunately, this didn’t happen to us, but I did experience a once in a life time 8 km walk through clay-like mud, little rivers up to my mid-thighs, and a even type of quick sand—which turned out to be a good thing because when we stopped to huddle like penguins, we would all sink and the sand covering our legs kept us slightly warmer than when braced against the winds. All in all, I did have an amazing time. In order to keep blood flow in our muscles, my friends and I chose to karaoke race, challenging ourselves not to slip, and we danced and sang in an attempt to lift other kids’ spirits, whose bodies looked see-through purple from the cold. When we finally arrived, I couldn’t take my eyes off the incredible Mont Saint Michele. To my surprise and immediate dismay, we did not get to visit and walk around the island, but a professor did say that we would explore it during another weekend trip in February. I’m already excited. As I’ve written many times, I love traveling, and traveling with other people is an incredible way to get to know someone. During this trip, my friends and I grew closer as we all had to take care of the people whose bodies faired worse than ours against the weather. We all struggled and made jokes and formed memories, united against the wind. I’m not going to lie, I did complain a fair amount during the walk about the total loss of heat in my hands and legs, but in retrospect, I couldn’t be happier I went. Below I’ve attached some images of my recent adventures. If anyone of you get the chance to visit Brittany, France, I highly suggest you make the trek to Mont Saint Michele! :)

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Not super great photo of me during our Mont Saint Michele walk. It was hard to take photos because of the constant rain, but this was taken in a rare moment when the weather took a breath.

Not super great photo of me during our Mont Saint Michele walk. It was hard to take photos because of the constant rain, but this was taken in a rare moment when the weather took a breath.

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More not so great photos of me. :)

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A beautiful castle we visits whose outskirts were covered in random modern art sculptures—fantastic trip!

Here's a photo of me in the outskirts of the castle. Photo credit to my friend Taylor who has an amazing flickr account started collecting images from our trips. If you click on this image, it will redirect you to her site. On her site, there's an album "Emma," which will include most posts with me.

Here’s a photo of me in the outskirts of the castle. Photo credit to my friend Taylor who has an amazing flickr account started collecting images from our trips. If you click on this image, it will redirect you to her site. On her site, there’s an album “Emma,” which will include most posts with me.

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These three cliff/beach photos were taken from the most Western point in France. This place was probably my favorite; it was one of the most beautiful and serene places I have ever been. Fortunately, the weather was good—apparently it can be quite stormy and probably not very relaxing.

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Two "trendy" photos I've taken. This one is in Rennes where I live. The other was during the weekend trip.

Two “trendy” photos I’ve taken. This one is in Rennes where I live. The other was during the weekend trip.

These two are of the Cairn de Barnenez, an ancient ruin which many believe to be the first "building"/"structure." It dates back to about 4800 BC (according to Wikipedia). :)

These two are of the Cairn de Barnenez, an ancient ruin which many believe to be the first “building”/”structure.” It dates back to about 4800 BC (according to Wikipedia). :)

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2 thoughts on “My Trip to Mont Saint Michel

  1. HI there. I was wondering wether you could do some tips on what else you can do to convince your parents to let you go to boarding school. Tomorrow i am going to show my parents the presentation i made on my laptop. My problem is my parents are divorced making the decision harder on everyone i also live down in the southern hemisphere down in NZ (New Zealand). My parents seem to have a hard time working out why i would even want to go away from my college in my town (that is tiny) when all i really want is to live in a city so that there is better opportunitys. Because my nettball team sucks in my whole entire swim club there is 3 people including me and on top of that i play violin and cello and i desperatly need a better teacher. sorry for the spelling and stuff i am typing fast, but HELP ME PLEASE!!!!
    Thanks Gaby
    Sorry i put this on the ask us too but i really need help.

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