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So today is the start of my last week of teaching and it’s been emotional already. After hearing the news I was leaving the CM2s (year 6) asked if I was leaving because I was pregnant “t’es enceinte ou quoi?” (I hope I’m not THAT fat) I had to explain that no I wasn’t pregnant and it was just the end of my contract. I told my favourite class in my favourite school, my so so funny CM1s (year 4/5) that it was my last week and they let out a huge cry of “nnnnoooooooo” and I wanted to be like “JUST JOKING” and then stay forever, but sadly that’s not to be, so they set about writing me little leaving notes most of which said “tu vas nous manquer” (we’re going to miss you) and “on ne t’oublierai jamais” (we’ll never forget you). However one note off a kid who called me “Sarah” (the name of the past assistant)  all year because he thought it was hilarious and told me he wouldn’t stop unless I tattooed Rebecca on my face (not happening) wrote me a lovely note;

“dommage que tu par tu vas nous manquer tu était tres tres tres gentille et tu nous apprens beaucoup de chose tu vas me manquer j’aimerai que tu reste a carcassonne encore des millier de jours je t’aime rébéca tu restera toujours dans mon coeur même si tu par”

“It’s a shame that you’re leaving, we’re going to miss you. You were very very very nice and you taught us a lot of things. I am going to miss you, I would like for you to stay in Carcassonne for thousands more days. Love you Rebecca, you will always stay in my heart, even though you are leaving”

How cute!!! I am so happy to have had such a positive influence on the lives of these children. I am very much definitely going to cry on Friday when I have to say my final farewells.

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I’ve not blogged for a while and whilst I wish I could say it’s because I’ve off doing exciting things, it’s not. I’ve just been living life, although that is an exciting thing in itself I guess.

So here we are. Nearly at the end. I have one week left of teaching, just one week. I’m going to be ever so sad, I’ll probably cry because that’s just what I do when I leave places. I can’t believe I’ve made it through this year. Looking back to my first posts I could so easily have packed it all in but I didn’t, I stayed strong and now look! I’m having the time of my life and feeling ever so sad to leave this place.

Carcassonne is an experience I will never forget. When people say that their year abroad is the best year of their life I used to think “yeeeh whatever” but now I totally understand. It’s not just the opportunity to be in the country where your interests and the key to your degree lie, it’s also the opportunity to meet so many new people, live a different culture and experience new things.

I’ve recently decided that when I am contemplating doing something I must ask myself “pourquoi pas?” (“why not?”) if I can’t think of a valid reason then I’m throwing caution to the wind and just going for it. You only live once and you might only get the opportunity once!

In other news, I got stung by a bee for the first time and I have never felt a pain like it! Christ on a bike it hurt so badly. I sat outside the café and I was nearly in tears it was that painful. My poor thumb swelled a bit and I thought my arm was going to fall off! New experiences aren’t always great, I guess!

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Que de bonheur!

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