03 September 2009 at 1900h Montpellier Time.
Today was a much better day. I forgot to Mention my roommates in my previous entry. I live with two chinese exchange, one male and one female. They are nice people, at least I think they are nice. Communication is difficult. the guy, Cabine, speaks chinese and french fluently, as well as a little bit of english. The girl, who's name I have yet to remember, speaks, of course, fluent chinese and, like me, very little french. We have a horrible time communicating with each other. French is very difficult to comprhend coming from a native speaker, much more when coupled with a chinese accent. We don't really knoww what we say to each other. We do our errands together. Cabine is a second semester student in Montpellier. He knows the ropes and has been very helpful getting us to and from different places. I would be completely lost without him. We have formed somewhat of a communicationless friendship. We have gotten to know each other through broken french and english, I am truly glad to have them around. Of course, it would be easier rooming with another American. However, I think this will be good for me. I will get to learn about a world I know very little about and, living in a home where french is the common language, my language skills will improve. I took my examinations for class placement today. I was suprised and happy to find both the oral and written tests easier than expected. I was happy to find out we have a beautiful park across the street from our apartment complex. I took a jog in it tonight. The sights and seclusion were a wonderful treat. The path took me through a wooded section, down small hills, around a field, and along a small lake. The scenery was beautiful. the park contains an ancient, large villa as well as several small gardens containing mostly apple and chesnut trees. I set up a french bank account as well today and began looking into a membership at a beautiful, plush gym a couple of blocks from my apartment. The gym is a compound of at least an acre of developed land containing spas, tennis courts, a swimming pool, as well as relaxation and fitness rooms, all dispersed across the property in small to medium sized bungalows. That is all I have. Bonne Journée.