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Month: January 2015

It’s The Thought That Counts

It’s The Thought That Counts

My host mom went grocery shopping last night.  When she arrived and I’m helping her arrange everything she shows me these green bananas she bought. She was so excited about them. She says, “I saw these came from Dominican Republic so I purchased for you. I don’t really know what they are, but I knew you would know how to prepare them.” I said thank you, but I didn’t really have the heart to tell her that they are just…

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Microbes in the Air

Microbes in the Air

L is still sick, as I described earlier this week. I took him to the doctor on Wednesday for his runny nose. My mom wanted to get him on antibiotics before our weekend ski trip. On a side note: I wonder if it is just my host parents or if all French people visit the doctor every time they have a tickle in their nose. My host parents encourage me to go to the doctor when I’m sick and to…

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Pain au Chocolat Study Date

Pain au Chocolat Study Date

After dropping a tearful L at school, I took a nice stroll around the village. Usually Wednesday is my no study day, but I wanted to get some fresh air and make a stop at the bakery. I’ve wasted enough time this morning and I want to hit the books. Before I do, I just want to share a picture of my favorite indulgence. Pain au Chocolat. The buttery, flaky, crossaint filled with dark chocolate is a simple yet delectable…

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Where is the Vapor Rub

Where is the Vapor Rub

L is sick again. That makes 4-5 times since I arrived (yes, I have already lost count). Is it normal for kids to be sick that often? He is at that age where they harbor every microbe and spread it from child to child at school, so I think yes, it is normal. In this case, my host family went to a party Saturday night and I think he spent a lot of it outdoors playing, so that is probably…

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They Don’t Know That I Know They Know

They Don’t Know That I Know They Know

Happy Monday, everyone. Can you believe that the first month of a new year is coming to a close? It really does feel like yesterday I was ringing in the new year. I’m also coming up on my 5 month anniversary in France. It certainly feels like I’ve been here longer, yet time is flying by just as fast as I expected. The first half of last week had a lot of rain while the latter half was sunny and…

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Searching for Answers

Searching for Answers

In my near five months of living in France, there are certainly differences I have noticed between our cultures. There are also times when I see something, tilt my head to the side, and think, “What the hell?” I decided to jot these things down after I went dancing last weekend. I walked into the club, looked around, and immediately registered that everyone was dressed in black. Did I miss some kind of memo? My friend was wearing a white…

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30 Days of Yoga

30 Days of Yoga

If you read my post on resolutions, you know that practicing yoga regularly is on my list. I started doing yoga last Wednesday and I’m really surprised at how much I’m enjoying it. Before the new year, I scoped out yoga videos on youtube so I can find someone I like. That is how I discovered Yoga With Adriene. Her videos are really great, not too easy nor challenging, and her quirky personality makes the videos really enjoyable and reminds…

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Quand L’Ecole Est Finie

Quand L’Ecole Est Finie

Every day when I drop L off at school he asks me, “When school is finished, will Sally come pick me up?” I reply, “Yes, of course.” He may ask two to three times more, but he always asks again. He needs reassurance that I’ll be there and that his schedule won’t change. Last night, my host parents were late coming home because they had an appointment after work. After I finish his bed time story, I tuck him in…

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“Throwback” Thursday

“Throwback” Thursday

Is it really considered a throwback if it happened three weeks ago? I think not, but I couldn’t really think another title for a delayed entry about Christmas. I’ve been debating whether or not to write this entry since Christmas was several weeks ago, but there are still Holiday decorations up in Provence so I think it is fair game. Plus, for once I finally took a lot of pictures of food which I want to share with you! Finally,…

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Tour de Phillip

Tour de Phillip

This past Sunday I went hiking with my hiking club. We went to the Tower of Phillip in the Luberon. I haven’t hiked in quite some time. Probably around six weeks (the last hike was canceled and I was ill the one before that). Anyway, there were only 3 of us. Lucky for me someone else showed up because our group leader gives me the “heebie jeebies” and I would not have wanted to spend an entire day hiking in…

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