Halfway through the first week of our internships! Wednesdays are nice because we get out of work early for class at 1:30, so this was the first time since Sunday that we have all seen each other. It honestly felt like forever since I had seen everyone.
For my internship, I work in the kitchen at Château Belmont in their 4-star restaurant. It is a really fun internship, absolutely nothing like just cooking for my family or friends. I was so afraid that my mentor would be like Gordon Ramsey, but he is really nice and understanding. But wow do I not know many cooking or kitchen words in French. I am learning so much about cooking in France and the vocabulary involved, as well as familiar language instead of the proper language we learn in school. Sadly, I was only able to go to my internship the first day because I got very sick yesterday and went to the doctor (who didn’t speak a word of English), and was told that I couldn’t go to work for two days. Needless to say, I am excited to get up and back to work to learn more about the delicious French food and desserts– and learn a few recipes to take home!
I have an internship with the Catholic Diocese in Tours. My tutor has a lot planned for me to do and see because there are a lot of different facets of the diocese here. For example, there’s the administration side, the archbishop and his staff, and the pastoral administration. So far, I have worked with a youth director who organizes events for the youth in public schools, I have worked in the Diocese library, and this morning, I went to the radio station called RCF (Radio Chrétienne Francophone). RCF is based in Lyon, but then they cut to the local stations. When I got there, a host/ the sound technician and one of the journalists greeted me in the middle of their newsreel, and then I got to watch them. Then, the boss of the station, Elric came and told me about the radio station, which I found very interesting. I watched several things happen: an interview that they were going to broadcast later about the winter sales, the host cutting and pasting an ad for a podcast that was going to happen next week, and then the two journalists doing a critique of the movie Selma.
After our respective internships, some of us met up at the school to get lunch before class, and then we went class and compared our internships. All of us seem to be having great experiences! Of course we had questions, but it was good to see everyone enjoying themselves in such different enterprises. After that, we went on a little walking tour to see some of the different architecture in this ancient city. After that, we came back to the school and a small group went to get hot beverages with Madame Feat and talked more about our internships and some fun stories about our time in France. The highlight of the day, though, was being able to see our friend Jordan being broadcasted live on TV Tours in a segment called “Un américain à Tours” or “An American in Tours,” where he kicked butt and made us very proud! It is a two-week segment where he talks about his experiences as a student abroad in France. After that, we came home and are very tired after an exhausting but incredibly exciting day.