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Class Atop the Cathedral

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Yesterday my class ventured to the top of the third tallest cathedral in at least France, if not Europe. After wandering around inside, we ascended the stairs -- over 300 of them -- to view Strasbourg from a higher vantage point. This is my new pigeon friend. :)

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Victory

Adapting in France

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Sarah and I are figuring out the shower knobs, ethernet cables, and converters. Go team!

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After Too Many Hours

We Made It!

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I'm here! After flying into Detroit and wandering around the terminal during the 5+ hour layover, flying for 8 hours to Frankfurt, taking a 2.5 hour bus ride to Strasbourg, and finally dragging our luggage across cobblestone streets, we've arrived at our home-base for the next two weeks! I'm excited to get out and explore the city as well as "do class" -- whatever that means.

With our long layovers, flights, and bus ride, I was able to start some of the readings for this class. We're focusing on the topic of cosmopolitanism and have two main texts as well as additional readings. I've started A Palace in the Old Village by Tahar Ben Jelloun, a novel about a Morroccan emigrant into France. The second book is called Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers by Kwame Anthony Appiah. After two semesters of educational methods and field experience, I'm looking forward to reading that doesn't involve a million sample lesson plans at the end of every chapter.

From what I can tell thus far, Strasbourg is quite the cosmopolitan locale -- there is culture everywhere! I'm looking forward to taking and sharing photographs -- keep checking this blog, as I'll update it when I have the chance. :)

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Two Days

My First Rambling

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A semester of methods and field experience in middle school (shout-out to Ms. Hetrick's follow-up class!) has just wrapped up, and I'm two days away from leaving for France. The bags are half-packed, only to be, I'm sure, unpacked and repacked several more times. My biggest question is what to wear. We've been advised to wear comfortable shoes. Comfortable shoes? My most comfortable shoes are my running shoes, and, well, I doubt they'll cut it in French culture. I may have to sacrifice my pride and just take 'em.

Anyway, I'll be posting from here, updating this blog with photos and reflecting on new lessons learned. Please feel free to follow me on my journey across the Atlantic!

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