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Month: December 2014

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Last week I finished up my Christmas shopping in Salon de Provence and walked around the Christmas Market. Seeing the beautiful transformations cities undergo during Christmas has helped lift my Christmas spirit. It could only be more perfect if there was Christmas music playing in the streets. I wish the States had these beautiful Christmas markets, which sell artisan crafts and foods. Today is Christmas Eve, and while it isn’t my first Christmas without my parents, it is my first…

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Fashion Show

Fashion Show

Tonight is my host mom’s work Christmas party. She originally wasn’t planning on going, but her colleagues convinced her. She didn’t want to miss the opportunity to read L his bed time story and give him a good night kiss. She finally realized one night won’t kill him (or her for that matter). Side note: part of our contract stipulates one date night per month. Sadly, my host parents never use it.  They had one date night when we went…

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Rubber Ducky

Rubber Ducky

The original schedule my host mom and I agreed to includes me giving L his bath. On occasion she would make it home from work and jump in the bath with him (when she was a stay at home mom they took their bath together every day). After a few months of this, we could all sense the resentment building inside of L. He misses his mom just as much as she misses him. Her going back to work has…

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La Fête Des Lumières

La Fête Des Lumières

Each year on December 8, the city of Lyon is illuminated by candles placed on balconies and window sills. I was told my weekend host that the tradition started as a way to show gratitude towards the Virgin Mary for saving Lyon from the plague. As my Lyonnais host father explained to me, about 10-15 years ago, a few artists came to Lyon and started creating installations and light spectaculars, evolving “la fete” into the the epic Festival of Lights…

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Magic in Nature

Magic in Nature

I’m finally back! Although, I never did say I was going anywhere. I’ve been sick for the last week or so, courtesy of L. In fact, I’m still on the tail end of this cold. Last week I preferred taking 2-3 hour naps instead of updating this thing; although, those of you that know me well know it is hard for me to pass up the opportunity for a good nap, even when I’m not sick. I went to Lyon…

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A Collection of Random Events

A Collection of Random Events

In the past month or so, I’ve had some entertaining things take place. At the time, I didn’t consider creating an entry for it, nor did it really fit in anywhere else. Therefore, this entry will just be a collection of random and, what I consider funny, stories that recently occurred. Laundry Day is a Very Dangerous Day During my first week in France I was outside helping my mom hang the laundry while we were chatting and getting to…

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