I think you enjoy the game more if you don't know the rules. Anyway you're on the same wavelength as the referees. ~Jonathan Davies, 1995
So today was very interesting! I went to class and relaxed, eating lunch and my room and reading in the afternoon and then our class was held outside since it was such a beautiful day and we were discussing man in his natural state.
Then... I went and played in a Petanque tournament! Basic summary of Petanque. Simple summary of Petanque..... Pétanque is the French equivalent of the sport of Bocci except the balls are made of metal, and about the size of an orange; the playing surface is like a baseball infield (dirt, gravel, hard-packed sand) and may or may not have a boundary. The object is to stand in a circle drawn in the ground, and roll; lob; throw your ball as close as possible to a target ball. Only one team gets points per round, and the teams play as many rounds as it takes to arrive at 13 points. The first team to arrive at 13 points wins. Well, we only played to 7 points to make things move quicker.
It was a lot of fun, I was on Les Reynards, the foxes and we did fairly well, we made it to the semi-finals! But it was mainly just fun to learn how to play a new game, something french. It was a very time-consuming game, but man it was A BLAST! It really just seems a matter of luck but I know there is a lot of skill involved... I just don't have the skill.
After that Rachel and I met up with her family who is here and had a lovely picnic on a bridge overlooking the Seine, it was lovely and really relaxing. I tried all sorts of new foods, chickens, pates, lamb, cheese, etc. it was all very good and really a nice experience. After that we walked along the Paris Plages, a really fun even where sand is brought along the Seine River and booths and food is set up and it's like a little festival. Really fun.
Well, I'm heading to bed. I am very sleepy and have a field trip tomorrow!
Bon soir...and now it is less than two weeks until I come home! Crazy how time flies.