As you may remember from my earlier post, I`m living in a student residence in Bellignat. The high school I`ll be working at is a 2 minute walk away, so its very convenient. The middle school is in the neighboring town of Oyonnax, but in reality they are one. Bellignat is much smaller than Oyonnax- roughly 4,000 people to Oyonnax`s 24,000, but the borders are all over the place and the two are ultimately about a 25 minute walk apart. When I arrived, I grabbed my camera to take a look around my new surroundings for the next 8 months!
Of course, one of the first things I checked out was the nearest boulangerie! Fortunately, there is one right across the street from the lycée, and I`m already a regular.
As I mentioned, I live in a dorm…but there`s no university in Oyonnax! The school associated with the student residence is a post-high school technical academy for work in the engineering or plastic industry. I`ve been told the American equivalent is an associates degree or community college. This is the building next to the dorm, where most of the residents attend class:
And Lycée Arbez Carme (one of those few French words where the end letter IS pronounced!) The high school is a technical school-dedicated to students wishing to pursue employment in the plastic industry. I even got a tour of the machines students use in technology class- they make products such as plastic cups, eyeglass frames, desk chairs, and more!
I was in search of the post office to mail in my documents to OFII- French immigration, more on that later!- so headed into centre ville to check that off the list and explore. The center of Bellignat is pretty small but gorgeous.
That`s about all there is to Bellignat. There is a train station, but its very small and more trains pass through Oyonnax anyway.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!