Festival of tea, and Sarkozy's relationship with supermodel
13.01.2008 8 °C
This afternoon I went to a village 'festival of tea', "Mixithe" with Sylvie, a teacher at my school, and two of her friends. The village itself, Plazac, is kind of interesting, described to me as "tres hippy" I would compare it to Totnes, Devon but it has a particular story= 588 inhabitants of between 15 and 20 different nationalities, meaning it is culturally very rich and much of its economy is based on the "artisinal". The weather was good to us today and the little buildings and paysage were really pretty. Firstly we went to a "Discussion au coin du feu. Le hammam : culture et tradition." So basically we went into this big old house/hotel which actually belonged to an English couple, they'd lit a big real fire inside and served us 3 different types of tea while we listened to a talk about "hammam" (turkish/Moroccon/Lebanese hot bath) (we later kinda randomly we ended up driving to this Turkish Bath place so the three of them could have a look around and we drunk some tea with the very-'Zen' people who work there!). Then we went to the main square of the village where there was a 'spectacle'...pretty fun, proper French village fete! They served tea, crepes and gateaux aux epices, a youth orchestra played, a local circus school performed and then a local group played Jewish music and people danced a bit. All very fun, here are some photos:
Today Sylvie introduced me to her friends and said I was very "gifted" in the way I was able to control the class, modify my lessons to suit etc withot any teacher training. It's always nice to have some positive feedback and yeah its all goodtimes. Been a good weekend for French experiences and compliments! I've been really lucky to have met these nice teachers.
Changing subject, if you haven't seen this http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7176424.stm yet, you really should. Whack. But I'll let you make up your own mind...