Mayra, France and Spain

Mayra is a senior majoring in Spanish in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. The recipient of a Gilman International Scholarship, she is participating during summer 2012 in SMU-in-South of France and in SMU-in-Madrid.

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Week one in the South of France

Bonjour tout le monde!

How would you like to go to school every day and when you look out the window, this is what you see? Well, this is the incredible experience that 23 students from SMU have to endure during our summer class in the South of France.

We are very close to the city of Cannes – yes, the one with the International Film Festival – and all the actors, producers, directors. You never know, it could be the opportunity some of us have been waiting for, to be discovered by Hollywood!

Well, in the meantime, let me tell you that this is a great city and the program director has everything under control. This is a very intensive five-week program, and I know some of us were thinking, “What on Earth are we going to do for 5 weeks?” But let me tell you, there is a lot of homework and study, and too many places to go and visit, so now I think that a 7-week program would be better. We will see. I will post a new blog every week, so please follow them and answer if possible; I would love to hear from you.

An interesting blog needs to have photos of food, and I want to make this blog definitely an interesting one. So here is a picture of the breakfast we have to endure every day…

Yes, those are croissants, and they are exactly as you imagine them: buttery, fresh, crispy and delicious. What can go wrong when your day starts with café and croissants?

Talking about things going wrong: My suitcases did not arrive with me; they decided to add their own mileage. We arrive on Nice on Friday, and one of my suitcases arrived on Saturday night, and the second suitcase showed up on Monday night. I survived and it made me realize that everything on a trip is about attitude. I lost my luggage for a couple of days, really not a big deal. I am still enjoying every second of this trip.

À bientôt

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    3 Responses to Week one in the South of France

    1. noemi (mama de mayra) says:


      no dejen de hacer la tarea, aprovechen toooodo el tiempo posible y en el momento que puedan, experimenten en los lugares que visiten el aprendizaje frances.

      un abrazo para todos y a ti Mayris te quiere mucho

      tu mamá

    2. Mary says:

      Sonne comme une grande expecience. Apprendre beaucoup de Francais, mais si vous avez le temps, obtenir un emploi à temps partiel à la boulangerie et apprendre à faire cuire ces croissants!! Après tout, vous êtes là pour apprendre sur la France, leur expertices culinaire devraient être inclus dans votre expérience d’apprentissage et il serait personnellement profit moi une fois que vous revenez!! LOL!! Prendre soin de Amiguis!!

    3. Bobby says:

      Danny was telling me about your trip and this blog. I hope you are having a GREAT time and they don’t run you too crazy. Be safe and cant wait to read of your next adventure! Bobby

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