The worldwide Augustana College experience

Getting ready for the big game

Senior linebacker James Stratton

After leaving Bayeux we traveled on what seemed the longest bus ride ever and arrived in Rouen where we saw the place where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. It was a very weird but cool experience. In the same city we visited a GIGANTIC cathedral and got to explore the town for a bit.

¬†Following that we drove another couple hours to the town of Lille (pronounced “leel”), where our game is tomorrow.

We traveled to the stadium and had a short walk through practice that was cut short due to rain. The stadium is HUGE and we’re told 10,000-12,000 people are expected.

After that we came back to the hotel and had dinner. During dinner we met up with our French professor, who is with twenty or so other Augie kids who will attend the game tomorrow.

I’m currently writing you from my hotel room where we have an 11:30 curfew due to our game tomorrow. It’s currently 11:25 which is seven hours ahead of the central time zone.

I’ll leave you with a couple more facts and things we’ve learned so far:

1. Graffiti seems to be a big thing in France. It covers every wall in the cities.

2. Cafe (coffee) is served in espresso shots and it is DELICIOUS here.

3. The town of Lille is the fifth largest in France (according to our tour guide)

That’s all for now. I have to get some sleep, got to go get that W tomorrow.


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