1001 Degrees Of Latino Heat!!!
Surreal. Thats the only word that pops to mind when trying to find the right words to explain my experiences so far. Once again hospitality club has delivered. Cees picked me up from the train station yesterday around six pm. The second I saw him i knew France was going to be fun, the guy kind of reminds me of Paul. Instead of staying in Carcassone Cees drove me out to the village he is from. The name is slipping my mind at the moment but its one of those medieval villages in the forested mountains of Southern France. There is even a castle I can see from the kitchen window. The countryside out here is the stuff you see on postcards i have taken alot of photos, sorry finding internet cafes and comps with USB is hard. The village is made up of 900 inhabitants during the winter and 6000 during the summer most of these coming from England. Before heading to his house in the village Cees drove me to his parents other house in the forest. The house is a trip, Cees has hippy parents that are actually Dutch. They built a strange but very cool house in the middle of a forest it is awesome. After visiting the parents we drove back to the village to the house i was staying at. We were talking and Cees has visited every country in Europe, hitchhiked from France to moscow and works for Doctors without borders doing logistics. Interesting guy and thats before the night even started. So after dropping my stuff off at the house we walk over to friends composed of 3 english folks. I enjoy running into the Aussies, Brits and Irish they are always cool, except for the Irish guy in Pamplona he was actually annoying as hell. Anywho from there we walk towards the castle as their are going to be fireworks in celebration of Bastille day. Before we get to the Castle a big group of 20 year olds spots Cees and they all start hollering and yelping this cat is really popular here. Upon first meeting all the French girls they were kissing the cheeks and all of that, I was uncomfortable so I would just touch cheek to cheek and they thought I was weird of something. After the introductions we all walk down to the castle and watch the show. It was this particulars village day to celebrate and alot like Mexico fiestas people from different villages go to other villages celebrations cause they all fall on different days. Geez pardon my horrible writing the keyboards here are so screwy even worse then spain. After the fireworks there is a big dance in the village sqaure its really cool. They play alot of American music and after hearing some of the French songs I can see Why. The stuff all sounds like its from the 80s. I like 80s music but this stuff is just cheesy. Well one of these French girls took a liking to me....Im the only American in the whole village. At this point I guess you can say i have a French girlfriend, the language barrier is there but she has studied english before so with a mixture of some english here, some spanish there and Cees helping out once in a while things are moving alont swimmingly. French people seem to be very direct when it comes to talking to someone they fancy, this girl did not mess around, straight for the jugular son. Dear Diary...JACKPOT!!! This village is in the part of France that Dan Brown based alot of the Da Vinci Code on, this is Cathar country. Cees explained to me that the Cathars were a religious group that broke away from the Catholic Church to follow thier own beliefs that may have been influenced by Mary Magdaline that the locals say passed through the region following Jesus crucifixion. He also told me about a priest that had moved into one of the villages years ago. Initially the priest was poor but out of nowhere he became extremely wealthy and become influental among politicians... no one knows why. The locals say he discovered a treasure, no one has been able to find this treasure becuase apparently he hid it before he died. Scooby Scooby Doo where are you So today I we walked to a lake in the forest it was so nice and cool. Later tonight we might go out to Carcassone to celebrate independence day. Carcassone is actually the only medieval city in Europe that still has people living within its walls. Thats the capital city for this region and where all the tourist are. I am so much happier that i ended up here though like i said im the only American koo koo I am going to make it my machine from here on out to get the pics up on this thing. I have so many good photos you all are going to be jealous