This first week has been incredibly busy! The stagiaires had their onsite orientation, during which we talked about figuring out where you are in Brest, using public transportation, and much much more. Students completed a treasure hunt to get acquainted with the city, and they discovered lots of interesting locations.
One of our treasure hunt teams - impossible to get a candid shot of this group; they always knew when the camera was nearby!
We had our first of four birthdays this week - Courtney! Everyone got a chance to eat some delicious strawberry cake.
We also had an optional activity on Friday during which we visited the Château de Brest. There aren't many older buildings left in Brest so it was a change of scenery for the stagiaires who decided to go. The big event was our reception at the Town Hall. The mayor of Brest gave a lovely speech, as did Mike, our communications instructor, and stagiaires Christian and Carolyn. We are very proud of everyone; it was a lovely event with Breton snacks and drinks after.
I'm also learning that it's never a bad idea to take a picture overhead when I'm at the front of the line (we go together to lunch and sports).
I'll try to put up several photos each week, with a variety of stagiaires (and at least one group shot), but there are always more photos on the Picasa website. There were some difficulties with Picasa last week but I think it should be figured out now, and more pictures are forthcoming. Some stagiaires are a little more camera shy than others, but I do try to take pictures of everyone!
Next week we have our first local excursion, and it should be absolutely beautiful! If you are interested in looking up information on where we will be going, our main stops are Locronan, Concarneau, and the Pointe du Raz.