Time to head off to the La France, with absolutely no idea where I am meant to be at what time and where I am currently living…
Heading onto the ferry, I had no idea how to get into the flat I had managed to rent – rather useful connection with a former french exchange – as I spent 6 hours watching the How I Met Your Mother box set from the beginning, I began my rather exciting and spontaneous adventure.
To set the scene, when I was in France for my ‘gap year’ between GCSEs and A Levels, I went to a school in Lisieux, France – about 50km from Caen, my home town for the next few weeks – and as a task at school, we spent the evening hanging out at this random football arena with the highlight being running around the pitch with a huge ‘oui a Caen 2014’ of which I had no clue what to do – just seemed fun to have a day out of school.
From the mere age of 15, I was involved with the convincing and the happening of the World Equestrian Games ‘the world’s biggest event’.
So when I was told I needed to organise a placement and had seen adverts for the World Equestrian Games, I thought why not, its in Normandy, speaking french and helps towards my degree… not realising how much fun it would be or that I had already been involved with it.
Having applied by application form online, had a phone interview and been to a test event, you would’ve thought that I would know what I was about to embark upon, but no; the French like to keep you on your toes just to the end of your tether.
As I desperately called the person who was meant to be giving me the keys, as I got off the ferry – I was greeted with my first hurdle… speaking French on the phone. About that, I hate speaking French on the phone, I prefer being able to see the facial expressions and how they are reacting to what I am saying… but by the end of the evening, I was in a comfy sofa bed, with directions as to where I needed to go the next day to get my uniform and where I’d need to get the bus from to get to the stadium… turns out my French wasn’t as rusty as I had thought.
Yours ‘frog’ly… X