I arrived over the weekend back in the US (without my luggage) and I thought that I should write one more entry as a conclusion to my adventures in France. I definitely miss my new friends but I am also glad to be home.
Some of the things I have missed the most:
1. MY DOG…and family
I had no idea that it is so cold in France; 50’s to 70’s in the June and July. We’re currently in a heat wave in St. Louis and I kind of love it. Ask me how I feel about it in a few days and I’m guessing I will have a different answer.
3. Giant Coffees
I’m fine with shots of espresso as long as they come with a quart of steamed milk.
Even at McDonald’s the sodas don’t come with ice and if you ask for ice you will get ONE cube.
I wrote in one of my first entries about some of the goals that I had for the trip and I wanted to revisit them:
1. Practice French
Learning French was completely unsuccessful. The ultimate sign of defeat being when I packed to go home I left my French textbook at the hotel.
2. Go do touristy stuff i.e. Mona Lisa, Eiffel Tower
Definitely did some touristy things. I wish I had more time to explore but not seeing everything is all the more reason to go back.
3. Try some really good red wines. Word on the street is that there is some good cab franc in the Loire Valley.
4. Eat cheese!! It’s very possible I was a mouse in a past life. That is how much I love cheese.
It’s fair to say that 75% of my meals consisted of cheese and crackers/bread.
5. Get good grades. As far as school goes, I am interested in finding out as a consumer how marketing practices differ in Europe.
I got A’s thanks to studying with ChingYi and I learned a ton about the EU and economics.
6. Go to Barcelona for the weekend
I didn’t make it to Barcelona for a weekend. I tried, but Angers is pretty out of the way so it can be difficult to take a weekend trip to anywhere. Just getting to the airport in Paris can cost 120 EURO round trip. I elected to go to Porto in Portugal instead because there was a cheap flight from one of the neighboring towns. Porto was awesome! It turned out to be one of my favorite places I have ever been. Barcelona will just have to wait for next time.
7. Go to Bastille Day in Paris
The weather was great and it was interesting to see how other countries celebrate their independence day. It was a nice consolation for missing the 4th.
In conclusion, the trip was really great and although I did not complete my “to do” list there were many unplanned parts of my trip that made it so much better than even what I expected. I’m really happy I kept a blog. It’s only five weeks later and I would have already forgotten some of the things I put in my first entries if I had not written them down. Also, I’m very grateful to my jobs for letting me take a break and run around Europe for the last five weeks and to my awesome roomy for holding down the fort while I was gone and picking me up/finding me at the airport.
Au Revoir, THE END, Ciao, La Fin, Adios, etc.