Tonight, some Dickinson people and I participated in a "France-Etats Unis" happy hour. This is basically an organisation which brings together people from both countries interested in making friends from another country, as well as practicing their French and English speaking skills.
Beforehand, a few of us met up for dinner at a tapas bar. Not only was dinner delicious, but at some point during dinner a woman came over and offered us free alcohol as part of a "51 Brand" promotion. Then she gave us free hats. We proceeded to wear the hats for the remainder of the night. Throughout all this, the bar kept playing songs from the movie "Blues Brothers." Good times all around.
The happy hour was excellent. I met adults from the area, mostly working Toulousains who wanted to speak English with us. This was fine, as we responded in French. I look forward to attending more of these events in the future.