Anyone else going to Aix-en-Provence in Feb 2018?

This will be my first RS program and I chose this one in Provence.  Anxious to freshen up on my French language skills (or lack thereof) and learn a little French cooking as well.  It would be nice to get to know some of the other participants on this trip and where they are from.

I'm a single lady living outside of Phoenix AZ.  I love to travel and hope to take advantage of the weekends to see some of the places in France that I haven't been to yet.

Hope to hear from my other classmates.

Lanie

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  • Bonjour! (wow, 1 word in French - that's my level)

    I'm Doug, I live in Bozeman, MT and have done quite a bit of traveling around the world. Lately, I travel with my wife about 1/2 the time and by myself, the rest. This time I'm getting way outside my comfort zone taking the language track in Aix. I'm a left brain type and languages have always been difficult for me ... in one ear and out the same one, never reaching my brain.

    I love France and have traveled in most of it's regions. 13 days and 60 miles of walking through Paris last April on my own, staying a week in Nice and going all along the nearby coast using the wonderful SNCF 2 years ago, doing a 10 day walking tour in Burgundy with my daughter, plus numerous RS, OAT, and GCT guided trips. I was in Aix 2 years ago (and in 1969) and my wife did her Junior year abroad there in the early 1960's.

    From what I hear, there are 20 people signed up for this experience, 12 of which are on the language track.

    Other tidbits: I've heard there is a rental car facility near our hotel; there is a fairly convenient bus route (I've taken it) which goes to the language course location (near the train station) - for use on rainy days; they say it's a 10-15 min walk to the course location - I'd double that for my speed of walking.

    Question: I've been planning to hop on the airport shuttle bus from the airport to Aix and then walk to the hotel. It might be more efficient (especially in the rain) to get a taxi if 4 or more people want to share. Any interest? I'm arriving in Marseille at 11:40 from Amsterdam on 16Feb on Delta/Air France.

    Also, I'm thinking of sending a box ahead of time to the hotel via UPS or FedEx and bringing a lighter suitcase. Anyone else thinking of that?

    Cheers, Doug
    (aka Fran├žois Marie Arouet)