Ta for the photo, Helen. Just got back from the exchange. Really good ten days! Best bits (in no particular order): W exclaiming at Stansted: "Aren't escalators brilliant. They're like stairs, but quicker!" Wall to wall sunshine (well almost) and 20+ degrees most days. Ludicrously nice weather. Meeting Elspeth at 10.50 p.m. at Surgères station. Going to the Aquarium in la Rochelle (Martin, with Germanic understatement, saying: "It was alright".) Lovely walk around Saintes with Helen, Jacques and Catherine. Boating at Coulon in the Venise Verte with Martin and Elspeth. Martin: "It was quite good." No queues at Futuroscope. Meeting a really enthusiastic primary class who are now desperate to swap letters with primary children in Ripon. Jogging around Puyravault listening to Neal Morse's Question Mark album on the ipod. Being with 25 very pleasant and largely happy students. More photos to follow soon, I hope.