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Week #3

I can't believe it's almost over...

This past week has been really exciting on the island. My professor has kept us busy with excursions every week and the only days we have off completely are on Sundays. Sundays in Martinique are a big family day. For the most part families come together and have huge lunches on Sunday afternoons and chat about whatever is on their minds at the time. This past Sunday I went to my host father's sister's house in the South of Martinique. The house was absolutely beautiful and would have been considered a "rancher" back in the States. Rolling hills and cattle cover the distance for as far as you could see. A serene and peaceful swimming pool was also located inside of the home. This coming weekend I believe I will be back there and I must remember to take a picture. During the lunch the family discussed politics and they were extremely concerned with the United State's and their healthcare reform. Extremely interested in the agenda of Obama, my roommate and I were asked multiple questions and were able to give our persepective as Americans on this bill. Grinning at each other, Margaux and I were impressed with our ability to hold this conversation in French and appropriately relay our message to people frmo another culture. I find myself every day growing more and more accustomed to speaking French, and I am absolutely thrilled with this, although I do need to remind them to speak slowly. The problem that one might encounter if they study French in Martinique is that the culture is not only French, but it has it's roots in other areas of the world as well (moslty Africa because of the slave trades) and this brings in other languages. Here in Martinique there is a language called "Creole" which is almost a sort of "slang". When people are gathered in a setting that is mostly family and friends, they resort to this language because it is less formal. Since I am technically part of a family here, my host family tends to forget that I do not know Creole and they start having conversations in this language and I don't even know what's going on. They use a lot of the same french words, but they say them differently so it is difficult to make out what is actually being said. All and all I can't complain. The weather is wonderful and the scenery is to die for. Today we will be going to St. Anne's on an excursion in the south of Martinique. Located in this area are numerous beautiful beaches. We will be "hiking" and walking on trails for the majority of the day - hence the reason I am so pooped on Wednesday nights. Alrighty well it's only 6:23am back home and I'm off to the L'UIFM (my school) to catch the bus for the hour/hour and a half bus right to St. Anne's. Hopefully tonight I'll be able to get back on here and write about the mangrove's, kayaking, the sugar cane factory, learning "Belle", taking a Salsa class in Martinique, riding on a glass bottom boat to see the coral reefs in Martinique, scuba diving in the coral reefs,etc. Stay posted!large_IMG_5638.jpg

Posted by agawel17 03:13

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