Yesterday I received my host family. It was quite possibly the greatest moment of my life. They live in the city of Montpellier which is right on the coast of the Mediterranean and also exactly where I wanted to be!! It is a beautiful city and not un-like Madison. Actually it is pretty much French Madison. There is a wonderful public transportation system, it is very pedestrian friendly, it is a college town...Of course there are things that Madison could only dream of having, like an freaking aqueduct (not Roman; Montpellier is one of the only non-Roman created cities)! Montpellier is also to site of the first medical school in the world. It is the 8th largest city in the country and the fastest growing. Pretty much the greatest place to be.
I have 2 host sisters and 1 host host brother. The two host sisters are older, though, and I don't think they live at home anymore. At least one of my host parents is a doctor (although both might be, I'm still unclear on that. I also don't know what kind of doctor).
It took forever to get this information but it paid off. I cannot think of a better place to be. I am really, really excited and the next two and 1/2 weeks need to go by at the speed of light!!!! I want to thank everyone who made this possible. I really would not be where I am without your support. I really appreciate all that everyone has done for me. I really can't thank you enough. I am living my dream several years before I ever thought it would be possible. So thank you everyone!!