La Mobilité Européenne au CFA les 13 Vents

Free Time!


Le Weekend
I decided to take a long walk down the hill to visite Tulle. My first stop was the French market by the river. It was interesting to see the variety of products on the different stalls. I called into the Tourist Office to pick up a walking map of the town. followed the suggested pedestrian route and explored the old central area and walked by the river.

Mercredi 20 Décembre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Jenny Howe

Blog day!


Qwerty ou Azerty
Another string to my bow, never having written one before. A very patient Jeff explained the very different style of writing and presentation of photographs. Trying to tell me that a novel was not required! I learnt some very valuable tips. can't say I find it easy to change a format which has been with me for years, but perhaps now is the time to enter the 21st century! Firstly I have to master the layout of the French keyboard!

Mercredi 20 Décembre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Jenny Howe

Treat Day
The last time I was seen in a cookery class was aged 12, so a very distant memory! Alaine made me feel welcome and guided me through the mysterious world of turning mountains of flour into something tasty and beautiful. He got me weighing, sifting and kneeding - a far cry from my office based lifestyle.I shared the activity with other students and I really enjoyed watching their enthusiasm and creativity and of course, lots of laughter. Ta-Dah! The "fruits of" or shall I say the "bread of" our labour. don't see my Christmas table decoration gracing the table of any celebrity function, but I gained so much from this new experience and proud that I had something to show from my "white jacket" day.

Mercredi 20 Décembre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Jenny Howe

Up Front
Following the previous afternoon's briefing with Ouided, the English teacher, I was assigned my first class of adult students.This was the first time I had done this since doing a TEFL training course several years ago.Ouided gave me the necessary confidence that all would be fine. After my somewhat embarassing faut pas with Michel, about wanting to teach in " Chambre 6", I was hastily corrected and off I went to "Salle 6" for my first teaching experience. I need not have worried, as I had a lovely group of 4 students and I surprised myself in keeping their attention for 2 hours. I really enjoyed interacting with them and sharing my activities.

Lundi 18 Décembre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Jenny Howe

I Made It To Tulle


Jenny
Hello ! My name is Jenny. I live in Oxfordshire UK, and this is my third Workaway experience. France was my first choice of country this year and I wanted to find somewhere I could practice my French and offer my help with teaching English. I was so pleased to find something to suit me. I was so happy to be accepted for a 2 week stay in Tulle, in the Correze. This Workaway is based at the Centre de Formation.

Church Street
Church Street
Against all odds, trapped in my pretty Oxfordshire village of Charlbury due to:- heavy snow, road closures, cancelled trains, buses and flights, I was determined to reach my Workaway destination at @Tulle.

Jenny
I drew back the blind on my first morning and discovered my new neighbour.  She was chewing the cud and enjoying the misty scene.  I was so happy to see this French Impressionist view from my window.  I knew I had made the right decision to come here.  My volunteering experience was about to start.

Vendredi 15 Décembre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Jenny Howe

First Week at CFA
Hey there,
           My name is Brennan Borst and I am just finishing up my first week volunteering here at CFA. I have been on quite a few workaway experiences while travelling, but I have never recieved such a warm welcome as I have here. The work here has been fairly enjoyable, and given how friendly Ouided and her students are it hardly feels like work to begin with. As well as helping in the classes, I have had the oppurtunity to take a few myself. The rest of my time here will undoubtedly be as enjoyable as well and I could not ask for a better end to my trip.

Mercredi 22 Novembre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Brennan Borstr

Rain or shine, we will celebrate chestnuts!


La Fête de la Châtaigne à Beynat
It was a rainy day, but the annual festivities went on as planned. We had roasted chestnuts, local apple juice and cider. 

La Fête de la Châtaigne à Beynat
Earlier this week, I got the chance to watch the CFA 13 vents pastry students work on their displays in class for the annual contest. Then, I was very lucky to be able to attend the private judging session with well established professional chefs. Here is one of my favourite displays.

Samedi 21 Octobre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Laurie Bacosa

Une bonne adresse à Tulle


Le Bouche à oreilles
De bouche à oreilles, this restaurant was highly recommended. It was a lovely way to celebrate our memorable time in Tulle and say our goodbyes. I bought a whole new outfit; dress, heels, scarf, necklace and broach from the local shops in Tulle to get dressed up for the occasion. I tried a variety of things that I wouldn't normally choose like boudin noir, ris de veau and scallop ceviche. I was pleasantly surprised.

Le Bouche à oreilles
So much delicious food! Thank you to the CFA 13 vents apprentices Thomas, Nell and Steven for making this evening possible. 

Vendredi 20 Octobre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Laurie Bacosa

I may have developed an addiction.


Mad for macarons!
A visit to Rochais for the best macarons in Tulle. It is definitely worth the long walk down from CFA to get a few of these treats. ("Lucy, it's president Macron, not president macaron. Not the same thing. LOL.")

Mardi 17 Octobre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Laurie Bacosa

Let them eat (my) cake!


Genoise Cake
I was delighted to take another pastry class today, under Chef Wilhelm's guidance I made a Genoise cake with moca butter frosting. Thank you Wilhelm! Unfortunately I won't be able to take the cake home, it will be cut up and served in the cafeteria at CFA13... Let the students eat cake, enjoy!

Genoise Cake
Here's a picture of my "Moka" cake, incorrectly spelled as "Moca". I hope the poor spelling won't effect the taste...

Mardi 17 Octobre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Lucy Yan

Génoise avec crème au beurre moka


Count the memories not the calories
Today, I had the opportunity to take a pastry class. I learned a lot and had fun too. Thank you Wilhelm for all your encouragement, help and patience. This was my first time making a Génoise with crème au beurre moka and I'm proud of my work.

Count the memories not the calories
I was so excited to taste my creation in the CFA cafeteria. Unfortunately, I had already gotten my lunch when my cake went into the display. I waited eagerly to grab a slice but they ran out! LUCKILY, a student graciously offered to share his slice with me. Thank you! It was delicious!

Mardi 17 Octobre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Laurie Bacosa

Phishing for answers


What is Paupiette?
Last week I had the pleasure of dining in CFA's restaurant, where the food is expertly cooked and served entirely by the students. The main course was a dish I had never seen before -  Paupiette. Thinly sliced smooth white Hake fish was rolled into a little barrel and stuffed with...  More fish! Delicious mystery solved.

Dimanche 15 Octobre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Lucy Yan

A walk through history


A visit to an antique/vintage market in Tulle
Today, I went to an antique/vintage market in Tulle. I saw many interesting things and the locals were very enthusiastic about explaining the history behind the objects to me. I would have loved to have bought more but my bags are getting too heavy from all the local gourmet products that I've bought. 

A visit to an antique/vintage market in Tulle
One of my purchases was this 'chauffe pieds' which is a portable heater. Women would bring this to church to warm up their feet when it was cold.

Dimanche 15 Octobre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Laurie Bacosa

You must forage for wild mushrooms!


When in Corrèze...
Today, we had the opportunity to go on a beautiful and challenging hike through the forest in search of wild mushrooms. 

When in Corrèze...
These are all the mushrooms that we found after two hours of hiking in the forest. 

Samedi 14 Octobre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Laurie Bacosa

Practice makes perfect.


Don't forget the flour!
Baking is an art as well as a science. It requires creativity and precision. You learn from experience and especially from your mistakes. I didn't add extra flour when passing my croissant dough into the machine, so it got caught in it and jammed the machine. For sure I will never do that again! Thank you to Allain for welcoming me into his baking class and sharing his knowledge with me.

Mercredi 11 Octobre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Laurie Bacosa

Basket envy


Tulle Saturday market
On Saturdays and Wednesdays Tulle has an outdoor market filled with local produce. Last Saturday Laurie and I went to this charming market and tried not to buy everything that crossed our paths. We became envious of the many people carrying bread in their gorgeous baskets, and each purchased a giant blue/wheat colored basket. I'm not sure if my basket will pass as a carry on when I fly home, but the risk will be worth it...

Mercredi 11 Octobre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Lucy Yan

7 people!


Hairdressing students
Monday during English class I learned that hairdressing students need to demonstrate their skills on 7 people for practical exams. I imagine it's difficult to find so many participants on short notice. Best of luck!  I also learned that the best place to shop around town isn't Tulle, but Brive! I welcome you to come practice your English with me by sharing some more local knowledge : )

Mardi 10 Octobre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Lucy Yan

So many mushrooms!!! but you must forage safely


La fete de champignons à Corèze
On the weekend, we took a train to Corèze to check out La fete de champignons. We got the opportunity to taste many local artisan products and take a tour of the old city.

La fete de champignons à Corèze
Eating wild mushrooms is common in this region and picking the right ones is a unique skill. It is very important to know which mushrooms are edible to avoid serious consequences. I learned that if you are unsure about a type of mushroom,  you can seek help from a pharmacist trained in mycology to help you with identification. Bonne dégustation!

Lundi 9 Octobre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Laurie Bacosa

The art of flipping crèpes and not burning them


Cooking class with Gilles
A big thank you to Gilles for welcoming us into his cooking class with patience and a good sense of humour. It was a lot of fun working with the CFA students. They were supportive and showed good team work.

Vendredi 6 Octobre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Laurie Bacosa

A joyful beginning


Making friends in Venice
Making friends in Venice
My name is Lucy Yan, I am an engineer and artist from Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. I feel lucky to have this workaway opportunity, everyone has been very warm and welcoming... Not to mention patient with my french!

Hello CFA13!
I got to know some of the talented students through a few English classes. When asked about where in the U.S. they would like to visit, not one mentioned Oregon! I hope by posting a beautiful photo of Crator Lake, I will inspire the future generation of French tourists to visit the incredibly green and enchanting State.


Vendredi 6 Octobre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Lucy Yan

I'm a teacher from Canada currently living in Egypt.


Hi! My name is Laurie.
I love to travel to different countries to experience different cultures. I understand the importance of knowing more than one language because it allows me to meet more people and have many more experiences. I am happy to be here at CFA as a Workawayer. Come say hello to me and have a chat. I'll be very happy to help you practice English.

Vendredi 6 Octobre 2017 | Commentaires (0)

Laurie Bacosa





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