This has been one wild ride. Finals week is here and it is almost time to return home. I must say that I am beginning to get excited about going home, although I wonder if it will be weird at all. I know that I have not spoken French 100% of the time but it has been a considerable amount. Besides that, everything is written in French. During the first few days back, I wonder if a stop sign will take me by surprise because it no longer says Arrêt or if I will go up to the cash register at the store and be unprepared for a conversation in English.
When I first heard about this program, I had reservations about how much I could improve in only five weeks. However, my fears proved unfounded as it has improved and I have gained a new sense of self-confidence. Now, I am looking forward to becoming fully fluent in the near future. Though, I am sad that this might be the last time that I get to see some of the friends that I made here and that I am leaving the beautiful city of Quebec.
This past week, I had a test, went on a few school sponsored event and trips, and explored a little on my own. The school sponsored trips were awesome and very beneficial, but traveling on my own was the best thing that I have done so far. There are plenty of small things to do that would keep a person busy for days. Every building in Old Quebec has a sign that tells of its history and around every corner there seems to be a park with statues and monuments to another historical event. I do not feel like I have wasted a day when it comes to exploring the city, however, I found that with each new thing that I did, I would find three or four more that I wanted to do. Needless to say, if and when I return to Quebec, I will already have a full itinerary. I would encourage anyone wanting to learn or improve his or her French that this program is worth doing! I loved it!