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Saturday the 28th of January

A lot happened today! We went to the open house for the private school and it went really well. I would love to go to that school. We took the tour and the (singular) building is much smaller which I really appreciate - I don't want to have to walk 5 minutes just to get to my next class. We met with the principal and a few teachers and if I am accepted, I will be in 11th grade and not 10th. This makes more sense, because 10th grade is very general, but in 11th grade there are different branches to choose from - I would take the literature branch, because there is much more French/philosophy and less science/math which is much better for me here. There would also only be 15 students in my class, because the French tend to not take the literature branch.

We talked to an English teacher that "takes care of" international students - currently there are 5 international students, 3 of which would be in my class. She was really nice and talked about how they integrate the students into their classes and have check-ups every 2 weeks or so. We also talked with a French teacher, who would be my French teacher and she seemed very interesting and friendly. 

When we finished the tour, we talked to the principal and she said that the only reason she wasn't sure if they could accept me, was that I didn't have a corrospondent. All of the other international students were living with someone in their class - I don't know exactly why this is a huge factor in choosing who will go to that school, but whatever. We should get an answer by Thursday, which means at least one more week at the public school. 


After that, we drove to Lyon for the afternoon - and I pretty much fell in love with the city. It was a pretty foggy, so it was kind of dreary, but I got a really great vibe from Lyon. Also, on an unrelated note, they have Starbucks. We saw the sights such as Vieux Lyon, the Lyon Cathedral, Place Bellecour and the Hôtel de Ville. I had a great time. We also took the funicular up to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière which had a beautiful view of Lyon.

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