Americans in Saint-Malo

At the beginning of November we had the pleasure to host the students of our partner school North Shore from Chicago, USA.

One of the first things the Americans got to do in Saint-Malo was to visit the Route du Rhum with their correspondent. They even had the chance to visit american skippers and their boats and to ask questions about the competition. We ended that activity by eating fish and chips for lunch.

On their first Monday in France they got welcomed at school with croissants, pain au chocolat and other french pastries. Shortly after that, Vivien gave them an orientation walk of the school and they joined their correspondent for the school day.

The next day they visited Le-Mont-Saint-Michel with Mme Fauquant.

For Wednesday, a lot was planned. The students began their day with classes, followed by a tour of the city. We walked along the city wall and enjoyed the beautiful view and weather. When we finished the tour, the American students had free time, which they used for buying souvenirs and exploring more of the city. For lunch, we met up with their correspondent to eat Galette. Directly from there, we went to a cheese tasting, which the Americans really enjoyed. One hour later we were already in the water and having our sea rescue lesson. Even though the waves were high, we had a lot of fun and stayed warm thanks to the body suits.

The next day started with a 2,5 hour bus ride into Normandy, where we visited Omaha Beach. It was a very emotional atmosphere to enter the place where over 9.000 soldiers have left their life during the Second World War. After a guided tour, we went into the museum where we received additional information. One of the most worth seeing things is the wall of sacrifices, which displays individual fates and keeps them in honor.

On their last full day in France the students went sand yachting with their correspondent and in the afternoon we had a Pot d’adieu with the host families and the students. Besides delicious crepes and other good food, Maiwenn’s family taught us breton dances. After a bagpipe concert and more dancing, everyone said goodbye to return the next day for the final goodbye at the train station.