That time I climbed a volcano (well kind of)

Following on from my last edition I have not done any more international travel but have been trying to get out and about and see the local area and other places around France.

After a night of drinking wine, Dom (one of the other assistants) and I decided to climb a volcano the next day. After a late start we set off in the direction of the Puy-de-Dome. The walk started very steep and we were a little concerned we had made a bad decision but the trail flattened out and we started to enjoy the walk. Along the route we wandered through a sleepy village, witnessed a cow who had just given birth, ate a pastry from a local boulangerie and enjoyed the scenery. We cheated a little on the last part of the climb as it was getting late and as we are going into winter it is getting dark early in the evening now. The view from the top was spectacular and we stopped for a snack before descending. At this point it was starting to get dark so we hitched a ride with some German tourists.

The next weekend I decided another adventure was needed and decided on visiting the other assistants in Vichy for the weekend. Vichy is a stunningly beautiful resort town with many Art Nouveau buildings and people driving fancy cars or simply walking the streets looking chic.

Before heading to Vichy I had a night out in Clermont Ferrand looking at all the Christmas lights and tree, riding the ferris wheel and sipping mulled wine at the Christmas market. Other highlights from the past two include eating some sushi, visiting Parc Montjuzet (great view of CF), eating Morrocan, a couple of parties with new French friends and other assistants and eating crepes more than a few times.

School has also been going well and I am getting to know all the students a bit better and I have done lessons on a range of topics from The Hobbit to Nicki Minaj. There are only three weeks left of term before we finish for the end of year holidays and I am off to the UK and Belgium.

This weekend I am going to Lyon for the lights festival and to stay with my honours buddy Nick.

Until next time,

Amanda xx

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