First and Second Years (and brave professeurs Carvill, Porzadny and deBhal) picked up a bit of vocabulaire and a lot of sore muscles on their trip to France. Head Of Sport Gav Maguire designed a trip that thrilled yet physically exhausted all the participants. (Needless to say, Gav himself was not one of those participants.) We get the run-down from Second Year John Melia, one of the most enthusiastic adventurers:
First and Second years visited Soustons, a French commune located in the department of the Landes in the region Aquitaine Limousin-Poitou-Charentes. We flew from Dublin to Biarritz on the southwest of France’s Basque coast, a city well known for its surfing and beaches. This trip to France was an exciting way for First and Second year students to learn about French culture, cuisine and the language itself. While we were there, we learned how to improve our French, while also enjoying fun activities such as tree climbing and surfing. We were not allowed to bring any mobile phones which gave us more time to spend outdoors playing football and rugby or socialising with other students.
This trip also allowed us to enjoy some lovely French cuisine such as veal in cream sauce (blanquette de veau). We were also able to go to a nearby pizzeria where we strangely enjoyed some Italian food. There was also a marketplace where we got to experience the atmosphere of a French market. On the last day we decided to go into the city of Biarritz to see what a popular French town looks like. We were able to go off on our own and look at some of the shops and restaurants. We picked up souvenirs and also had the opportunity to speak some French.
Overall, we all had a great time. It was good to have the experience of visiting another country, speaking French and experiencing some French culture. We are grateful to Mr Carvill, Ms deBhal and Mr Porzadny for taking us.