The first week at my internship is done. I did not quite know what to expect. I did not have an interview so I had no clue who I would be dealing with and what kind of people I would be working with. I did do some research on the company’s website but still didn’t really understand what the company was all about. So arriving on Monday, April 14, I was a tiny bit nervous.
Once arrived I was welcomed by a tiny, petit lady named ‘Marie’. She introduced me to my supervisor and we talked about what I was going to do in the company for the next 9 weeks. He showed me around the company, which at first I thought was just an office. But behind it was a production area where a few man were working on technical things. I found out that they produced all kinds of metal and plastics.
Week 1 went by pretty fast and my colleagues are really nice. I can tell my French is improving bit by bit just in the first week! And though it is a cool company I know I’m gonna be bored a lot because it still is an office job, and guess what I really do not like doing…?
Yep, sitting behind a desk and working on a computer all day. I figured that that is not my cup of tea careerwise, in the first year of my study. But oh well, this is the last year so I’m just going to suck it up for now…
On Friday, Geoffrey asked me to go with him to a soccer game. Just like in Holland, soccer is extremely popular here and since the local Saint-Étienne team would be playing, it was a must see. I personally do not like soccer at all, or any sport for that matter, but why not? There’s a first for everything, so witnessing a soccer game would be a first for me 🙂
And I must admit, I actually liked it. Not really the actual soccer playing part, but the vibe. People were enthusiastic and cheering. Seeing so much involvement and love for their team was really cool.
On Saturday, April 19, I decided to visit Lyon. On my way to Saint-Étienne, I had to make a stop at Lyon so I knew beforehand that this would be a city that I would visit often. Also, because it is the second largest city of France (!!!) While sitting in the train, I saw so many beautiful landscapes, but whenever I tried to snap a picture of it, it was already too late and trees were rushing by or some large building. As a person who always exaggerates I want to proof that what I see here in France really is as beautiful as I say it is.
When I arrived I had a little trouble finding the central part of the city but with a map and a bus I evantually got there. I arrived at this huge square which I later found out was called ”Place Bellecour”. Goodness gracious was I impressed!! I was literally overwhelmed and kind of in awe of how beautiful it was and fell in love with Lyon right away. Now what I liked the most was that there weren’t nearly that many tourists at all! To me, that is when you really get to know a city. When surrounded by tourists you are more likely to feel like one yourself and you aren’t really able to experience the city for what it is.
My eye immediately caught this amazing and gorgeous castle. It reminded me of the one from ”Beauty and the Beast”. It was on top of a huge hill and I had no idea how to get there…but I had to get there. It took over my mind; I had to get to that castle, see it up close and see the view from there.
I started walking towards it and found a large stairs after a little while. Okay, so appearently I am going to be climbing this one…. It wasn’t so large after all, since I reached the top after a few minutes. While I was walking I met quite a few people walking down the stairs as I went up. I was constantly looking behind me to see the incredible view and couldn’t believe that these people were just walking down without even acknowledging it. Are these people insane? Oh well, their loss..
After I reached the top I saw the beginning of a park. People were walking in and out it and it seemed like there was a way up. So I decided to firgure it out and go for a walk through the park. I’d get to the castle sooner or later. What I didn’t know was that the park was actually the way to the castle! I spend about an hour walking through it and taking pictures before actually standing in front of the castle (which turned out to be a church instead). I was amazed by the view and the only way to describe it is ”WOW”. Words are never able to define what that moment was like so I’m not going to attempt in doing so. I completely forgot about the landscapes that I wanted to capture before in the train. That was nothing compared to this stunning view.
When walking back down I found out that throughout the park there were a few stairs, which led me walking all the way down in approx. 5minutes……Five minutes, while I had spend an hour walking all the way up, LOL. But oh well, wouldn’t have it any other way, otherwise I would have missed out on a lovely walk and sightseeing. I made an end to my joyful day by having dinner at some cute restaurant and then decided to call it a night.
Please take note that the pictures below won’t do any justice to the real thing, this is just what I was capable of capturing.
P.S. Please do excuse the fact that I do not have a full photo of the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière. I was so tired after the long walk that I didn’t feel like seeing where I could get a proper shot. I plan on getting one soon, though.“Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.”