Well, I got an email on Friday. It included an introduction letter about orientation and such (that I have yet to read all the way through) and a table of where each assistant is going to be located. So now it's official:
I will be going to Le Morne Rouge.
I have barely had time to research it, but it's a town on the southern end of the volcano in northern Martinique. Maybe you all could research it and send me links... (hint hint)
Looking at this map, I'm a little confused because in the email it says my school will be Morne Vert. Hmm. I guess I should probably actually read the documents that they sent...
I'm actually extremely excited about my location. From the little I have researched it, le Morne Rouge looks breathtakingly beautiful. I think hiking will be a wonderful hobby to pick up while I'm there. The more I think about it, the more I think this will be the perfect location for me. Plus, whenever I feel like hitting up the beaches or a bigger city, I can just get in contact with some other assistants around the island!
I am happy that I heard from Martinique, but it's almost overwhelming me right now. I got the email at the beginning of 4th of July weekend, and I haven't had any time to do all the reading and researching that I want! And of course, I leave tomorrow to pick up my sister and niece from the airport (YAY!) so things won't be settling down for quite a bit!
Although it's exciting that I heard about my location, and I got information for my contact person, I am still waiting for my arrêté (work contract). I need that in order to get my visa. But getting this email (which is not required of the académie and therefore a huge surprise) gives me hope that my arrété will arrive sooner rather than later!
Cheers, to la Martinique!
So I just decided to look up the definition of le morne. I assumed it was something having to do with a mountain or volcano, but I hadn't heard that term before. I dusted off my Petit Robert, and under the third definition listed, it does define it as a small mountain... dans les îles. This means that le morne is officially my first "island" word that I have learned.
Therefore Le Morne Rouge = The Red Mountain.
(Although "the red mountain" sounds so much more lame than le morne rouge....)