This last week-end marked the end of the “orientation period” and therefore, as tradition with SAPV, we went on a field trip with the professors. The primary focus of our trip was on history and sketching. We took a bus to the different cities/ sites and we stayed both Thursday and Friday nights in a hostel in Saumur, France. The hostel was near the river which was beautiful especially in the morning when the sun was rising. The most exciting and challenging part of the trip was the sketching element – my work improved so much in such a short time period. I am truly looking forward to the progress I will make in the two semesters I am here. All in all, the week-end was very enjoyable and at the same time, extremely educational.