We’ve passed the one month mark, Thanksgiving away, my vacation from like a month ago, and my mom is on the continent as I type! I’m in the midst of a whirlwind of a week and a whirlwind of clothes around my room but the morning after Thanksgiving couldn’t be a better time to update you all, my dearest readers.
I’m so thankful to have gotten the opportunity to study abroad, and with an amazing school like Wofford supporting me and taking all of my credits. I’m thankful that I’ve met people here in Rennes, good travelers at that, because my vacation was AMAZING and I know that they genuinely care about me as I do about them (shout out to the girls with the new French haircuts: Sophie and Katie! braver souls than I). I’m thankful my mom is here and that I was able to talk to most of my extended non blood related family on the phone yesterday before they sat down to a meal much more traditional than mine. Being abroad on an American holiday is a curious thing. Being American, you don’t think about what other countries are doing on the third Thursday of November because you forget momentarily that it’s an exclusively American celebration or you’re like me and you don’t think about other countries because you’re too busy cooking/eating/watching football/waiting to eat/getting ready to go shopping/being in a food coma/asking for more food. So going to classes, and not being bombarded by Black Friday sales ads made it difficult to be in the spirit of Thanksgiving. The CIEE program and the Franco-American Institute & Friends had a beautiful party with some of the food staples, which loaded the tryptophan into my system giving me enough time to get back to my house and fall asleep!
But I’m awake this morning wanting every one of my dear readers that I’m alive, well, and headed to wine country this afternoon to meet up with my mom!