My name is Genevieve Davis and I just finished my second year at U of M. For the next few weeks, I will be in Pontlevoy, France (along with TJ) taking the same course that explores our creative abilities. I am in the School of Kinesiology at Michigan, majoring in Movement Science, which honestly doesn’t typically involve much creative thinking. I haven’t ever really thought of myself as a creative person, so I wanted to take this class as a kind of change of pace for me. It doesn’t hurt that the class is in the French countryside either.
Even though I don’t speak a word of French, I have really come to like France so far. Before my class started I spent about a week in Madrid and Paris, neither of which I had been to before. I spoke enough Spanish to get around in Madrid, but Paris was a completely different story. I didn’t realize how extremely difficult it would be to function in a place where you really don’t speak the language at all. Fortunately, one of the girls I was traveling with spoke French so she could do the translating for me. Since coming from Paris to Pontlevoy, I haven’t been affected as much by the language barrier. I think that this may be because Pontlevoy is such a small town (I believe it has a population of 1,500) and because I mostly hang around the abbey where we are housed, so I just don’t really encounter that many French-speaking people.
Well I’m off to go start our first class assignment: a stop-motion animation. I’ll keep posting about once or twice a week to keep you all posted on my trip!