Basse Normandie

WEEK ONE cont’d

Basse Normandie is the most consistently beautiful place I’ve ever seen, full of rolling green hills and farms dotted with big yellow bales of hay, cows and horses always grazing nearby, little white and brown wooden beamed cottages and of course, apple trees. This is the region of Northern France where my internship is; specifically it’s the déppartement of Calvados in Lower Normandy, part of the Pays d’Auge, which is famous for its excellent cows, horses, dairy products (namely cheese—the Camembert is actually amazing!! Trying to figure out how I might smuggle some back into China, except that it would probably sell me out with its pungent odor… think durian), apple products (super yummy apple juice, cidre—which is kind of like beer but tastier, calvados—apparently a famous liquor, baked goods—haven’t tried yet, not the season I guess), and apparently rain 24/7/365.

Typical view from any slightly higher point in the country.

Typical view from any slightly higher point in the country.

This last part I find extremely funny/ironic because ever since I’ve been here the weather has been absolutely gorgeous—sunny and mid twenties (Celsius… which is like.. 80 F? Not sure >.< anyway it’s WARM) all throughout the day, then just a bit chilly at night, which really only starts after 10pm, when the sun sets, so nbd—and not a drop of rain at all.

The château that my employer C lives next to! The owner is a very droll French man named Jean-François whom I like a lot. ^^

The château that my employer C lives next to! The owner is a very droll French man named Jean-François whom I like a lot. ^^

Still, in order to prepare me for reality, my colleagues have taught me a traditional Norman French phrase that sounds kind of more like German: yr’ pleut!!—meaning, “agh, it’s raining again!” Haha. Praying for the weather to hold up, because I actually don’t have rain boots, and apparently when it rains, it floods.

The four seasons in Normandy, apparently. :P

The four seasons in Normandy, apparently. 😛

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