The French connection

"Nutella crepes are really good and the sandwiches they gave us at lunch were a full baguette with ham and butter"they were really good. And we had couscous a lot, which was really good," said Emily. "The school lunches are a lot bigger, they give you a lot more food and are more filling."

"My French mom was a really good cook so I had steak, some really good salmon and for snack there were these waffle things with honey butter in between that were really good," said Ethan.

Emily did have to overcome one obstacle, though.

"They don't drink milk over there, so I went a whole week and a half without milk, which was hard," she said.

Ethan and Emily said that a typical French school day starts at 8 a.m. and can last until 5 p.m. Ethan said that if students are late to school in the morning, it's bad news.

"The weird thing is that if you get to school even at 8:05 a.m., they lock you out and a gigantic gate/fence is around the school. We were never late, luckily," he said.

According to Ethan and Emily, Ballston Spa students went to one or two periods in the morning, one of which was a Biology class that was completely in English. Students can leave for lunch or leave early for the day if they have a study hall. French students have no school on Wednesday and a half day on Saturday. Ballston Spa students also toured around, taking in cultural and historical sites like the Museum of Natural Science, the Palais des Beaux Arts and sites in Bruges, Brussels and Belgium. They learned about how the regional government works and attended a reception in their honor at Conseil GEnEral Nord Pas de Calais, the regional government administration for northern France.

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