As you know, this past weekend I had my first final in France. It was a 72-hour take-home exam on the Protection of Cultural Property under International Law. It almost killed me. I don’t know what my problem was, but I honestly could not focus. All weekend. This led to me finishing up the final on Monday, half an hour before it was due, having had only about 3 hours of sleep that night. Not a fun experience, let me tell you. I have two finals this weekend, so I’m going to try not to repeat that experience.
After suffering through the final, I rewarded myself with three picnics during the week. On Monday, after submitting the final, Cynthia and I met up to enjoy sandwiches on the river. It was a beautiful, somewhat warm day here, so I was even able to spend some time outside without a jacket! Amazing. I almost wore flip flops, but wisely decided not to go quite that far.
The time soaking up the sun definitely helped me get through my class that afternoon.
On Tuesday, we had another beautiful day, although not quite as warm. Since we had a three-and-a-half hour break between class, C² and I decided to take advantage of the sunny weather and head up to the Roman ruins that I had heard about. They had both been up there before, but they humored me and allowed me to be touristy, stopping every few feet to take lots of pictures. (Isaac, I’m pretty sure they can sympathize with how you felt on our Panama trip!)
Cynthia and I wanted to walk up to the ruins, but Colton scoffed at that idea. So, we compromised – took the funicular up and walked back down. To get to the funicular, we crossed the other river in Lyon, the Saône.
Then, we went to the funicular station. What should have been a short wait to get onto the funicular ended up taking as probably as long as our walk would have taken because some doofus on our train broke the doors! We had entered the train, were sitting and waiting for it to take off, when some guy rushed in and forced the closing doors back open. *sigh*
After waiting for over 10 minutes for them to attempt to fix the train, we ended up having to catch a different one. Good thing that doofus rushed to catch that train!
Eventually, we got to the ruins.
This is Le Théâtre Gallo-Romain Fourvière (Gallo-Roman amphitheater), which was built by the Romans back in the 1st century B.C. This is by far the oldest thing I have ever seen. Very cool. According to Wikipedia, this was used mainly for musicals.
We enjoyed a picnic at the theatre – I had a jambon beurre sandwich (ham and butter on a baguette – I know it sounds kind of gross, but it’s really delicious!) and a lemon tart. And a coca light, bien sûr.
Next to the Amphitheater, there is another set of ruins – the Odeon, or little theatre. This was built in the 1st century AD. It’s not in quite as good of shape as the amphitheater, but I think the amphitheater has been better maintained. And it’s still quite impressive.
After relaxing for a bit, we decided to walk back to school. I’m really glad we forced Colton into the walk, because the views along the way were gorgeous.
On our way back to school, Colton lead us on a detour to see some additional ruins.
I don’t know anything about these ruins (I guess I should have read the sign), but they are ancient ruins of a church in front of a “new” church. I think it’s very cool that they preserved the ruins when they built the other church.
Again, the trip out into the sun helped me get through the afternoon class. This whole 7-hours-of-class-each-day thing is killing me.
On Wednesday, we didn’t do any picnics, but we did get together in Cynthia’s apartment to make some dinner and bake a funfetti cake, per Colton’s request.
Thursday involved another picnic along the Rhône and too many hours of class. Overall, this week, while it did involve some wonderful breaks in the sun, also involved way too much work! I had to give three presentations, write two papers, complete a final, do a ton of reading, and sit in class for 25 hours.
Okay, in the next post, I’ll discuss the ridiculous day I had on Friday and, probably, whine about the two finals I have this weekend – which I should probably go work on now. Gross.
Miss you all!