BFA Students Experience French Cultures Near and Far

Target 3: Flexible Learning Environments – FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Target 4 – Engaged Community Partners: FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world. 

French students from BFA traveled to Montreal to experience first-hand the French cultures they had researched and were about to present to the public at their Culture Fair. Their destination? The old Port and then Mont-Royal. Le Plateau Mont-Royal is a newly-revamped and revitalized district with lots of shops and cafes. Students window-shopped and walked on Mont-Royal Avenue and Saint-Dennis Street, before arriving at an Ethiopian restaurant for an authentic meal.

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Le Nil Bleu is a beautiful upscale restaurant, decorated in white and zebra patterns with a waterfall, white grand piano, colorful paintings of African animals, and full-size African statues.

NilBleu2Students had no idea what to expect, and they were surprised when waiters brought them wet towels to wash their hands. Once they realized what was to come, some students became a bit timid as they shyly confessed they were more used to hamburgers and fries in a restaurant. Madame Poulin urged them to sample new foods and enjoy exploring the culture around them.

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The lunch consisted of a wide pancake, served in a large metal dish, topped with flavorful and exotic foods: spinach, lentils,split-peas, lamb, and beef and chicken simmered in colorful and spicy sauces. Lunch was accompanied by a beautiful mango, apple, orange and grenadine juice called Soleil Ethiopien (which means Ethiopian Sun because of the red color of the grenadine descending on the mango juice.)

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Although students admitted to being a bit outside their comfort zone, they were opened to the experience and in the end loved it.

Full from their first taste of Ethiopian food, they were still able to find room to enjoy delicious cake bites the restaurant offered – beautifully served on a stick. After lunch, everyone walked to the bakery next door to order their breads and baguettes in French!

Two hours can truly transport students to another culture!

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