Sunday, June 15, 2008

On Looking Back and Not Turning to Salt...

I was doing the dishes the other day and it struck me that a year ago this month I would have just been returning home from my crazy, incredible trip to France.

It all started when I heard about the trip in my French class at UVSC. I brought the fliers home and jokingly asked Jeff if I could go. He said, "Well, tell me how you're going to afford it and who will watch the kids while you're gone, and I don't see why not." I think I looked at him and blinked a few times. "Really?"

Needless to say, I applied for and won a scholarship and scrimped and saved, then my sister Elise volunteered to come stay with the kids. So, I got my passport, packed my bags, had numerous emotional breakdowns, kissed my family good-bye and got on a plane for France.

Nice, France: Here is where I went to school every week day for three weeks at Actilangue. I lived with an elderly lady who would reprimand my roommate Sheri and I any time we spoke English.

We were in Monaco during the Monte Carlo Grand Prix...

And in Cannes during the film festival. (Sheri and I got to see a film!!) We also saw Eze; Antibes; Ventimiglia, Italy; all of Nice's Vieille Ville and so much more.

For the last week, we took the TGV to Paris. We blitzed the city, trying to see as much as we could in the short couple of days we had there. I saw Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, Versailles, The Palais de Louvre, L'Arc de Triumph, Napoleon's Tomb, Musee D'Orsay, and more and more and more. To say I missed my family would be a gross understatement (just ask Sheri, who had to listen to me sob as I fell asleep listening to my MP3 player at night...) but am I glad I went? Oui, oui! It was the opportunity of a lifetime.

5 comments:

Joe and Melissa Vega said...

Jeff gets the husband of the year award!! I'm so glad you got to go. Maybe someday when our dollar doesn't suck you can take your family to France and impress them with your knowledge and skills:)

AmShaZam said...

And thanks to Melissa for helping talk me into it! I know, I want to go back so bad. And I looked at all of your Italy pics on your blog- how awesome!

Jessica said...

Aren't you so glad you went now? All that worry for nothing!

Joe and Melissa Vega said...

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Lorena said...

Hi AmShaZam,
I am interested in sending my 16 year old daughter to the Actilangue program in Nice. She would be in the Junior Program. I noticed that you attended a couple of years ago. Everything looks great on the website (including the price). Is it too good to be true? Regards, Lorena