Tuesday, March 29, 2005

March 28, 2005

Well, it’s almost time for me to go back to the states. Wow. I was feeling excited about it, but as the day approaches I feel like it is coming too quickly—that I want more time here in France. I was looking at my map last night and I realized that there was no way I could see all that I wanted to see in the next couple of weeks. Agh! Also, right now I actually don’t feel too much like traveling. I just want to stay around the kitchen and hang out with the other assistants.

I don’t know what it is going to be like for me when I get back to the states. I don’t know how different it will be. But I want it to be different. I don’t want it to be too much like France. Or… I don’t know. I mean, I’ve only been here six months. That is really not that long, in the grand scheme of things. But, then again, I suppose when you’ve accomplished a lot it is actually longer… I mean, again in the grand scheme of things. How many other six month periods will I go through where I will accomplish so much? (Then again, this is me we are talking about… I tend to be an experience junkie…) Okay, then there is the newspaper article that Mom was telling me about four months ago. It said that students who spend a semester in Europe are often depressed when they get back because of the lifestyle change. They get used to things in Europe and have problems re-adjusting. When Mom told me about this I had only been in France for a couple of months so it was a little difficult to imagine, but now… Well, I don’t think I will become depressed, but I do wonder how difficult it will be for me to re-adjust. And also, there are some things that I don’t want to change.

For example, my palate has changed considerably. When I got to France, I didn’t like red wine. It was too bitter for me. Instead, I would only drink Rose or White—the sweeter, the better. Now I prefer red. Also, I never used to like dark chocolate. Now it is the only type of chocolate that I will eat. I have stopped drinking coke. (I know, I know—how weird is that?!) I haven’t had fast food in the longest time. Now when I am hungry, I go to the kitchen and prepare something to eat. I no longer even think about a microwave—and six months ago I was convinced that I would starve without one! I wash all my clothes by hand (though it will be awesome to get back to a washing machine) and hang them up to dry (and I am already wondering how I can do that when I get back to the states—it saves electricity). Speaking of saving electricity, I still do not sit in the dark like the rest of my roomies. When I enter the kitchen I turn the lights on—I think it drives everyone else nuts (especially Dagmar) but I can’t stand to sit around in the dark.

Ah well…

So, I did a rough practice pack yesterday. I think I will be able to get the most important stuff back. But wow, I’ve bought a lot of gifts. I really haven’t bought that much stuff for me, actually. Most of it is gifts (as in, one suitcase full of stuff for other people). In fact, chances are that, if you are reading this, I bought you something. How cool am I?

Oh, and Yanis is not here yet. I spoke to Sophie yesterday and she said that she and Hamid are doing fine, but that Yanis (her baby) had not yet arrived. So he is now a few days late. She is really ready to give birth—I know that she is exhausted and that she feels like she is getting bigger every day. Also, she is excited to meet this new person. She has known him for nine months now, but she has never really gotten the chance to meet him. But if she does not give birth naturally by the first of April, the doctors are going to induce labor.

It will be interesting for me to see Yanis too. I have seen all the sonograms (is that the correct word? I think it is.) She showed me the very first one—the one where Yanis is still, I don’t know, not a real baby yet, and she said that when Hamid saw it, he decided that Yanis looked just like him (this was before Yanis was Yanis. He was just “the baby”).

Okay, gonna get a shower and eat something, then head over chez Sophie to say hi to her and Hamid.


At 11:36 PM, Blogger STAG said...

I suspect what you will notice when you get back to North America is that everything in every town will look the same. Every town will have a strip with a Taco Bell, a Wendy's, a MacDonalds, an Old Navy store, and so forth...no matter where you go. You will also find that there is sugar in everything in North America, and that everything is much higher calorie than in Europe. You may have trouble actually finishing one of your crab cakes, for instance... You will also find it impossible to drink US beer, that US chocolate milk blows, and that fashions will catch up a year or two later...
Lest you think I am picking on the US, all the above applies to Canada as well. I see that a new Republic of California store has opened in the local mall....right beside the place which sells those icons of American sugar-salt-trans fat confections....the Krispy Kreme donuts.

At 7:55 AM, Blogger Ovonia Red said...


And it never even occured to me that you might be picking on the States...

But you are right, especially about the sugar thing. Yesterday was my first day back and when I went to have a bowl of cereal for breakfast I nearly spit it out after my first bite--it was like eating pure sugar. Last night I had a salad with some US salad dressing and wound up washing it off because it was too sweet. My first night back we ordered a pizza, and although it was quite nice to have mozzerella and pepperoni on a pizza again, the whole pizza tasted sweeter than it ought to have.

I miss France already.
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