It has been just over two weeks here in France, and I can’t really believe it. In some ways, it feels like I’ve been here for months already. I think going straight from playing in Paris with my dad to working in Bethune is part of the reason I feel that way, and it has been insanely busy between figuring out work schedules, paperwork, visa stuff, healthcare, etc. and most nights I just fall asleep really early. In other ways, I’m painfully aware of how little time I’ve actually been here. I miss my parents and my friends all the time, even as I’m making friends here. Sometimes I see something that makes me think of my mom, or my dad, and I go to call them and realise it’s 3:30 in the morning in Colorado.
I wasn’t sure what to say for this first blog post, and I fully intended on posting much sooner. There is a lot to say, a lot has happened in such a short amount of time. I’ve been exploring new cities and seeing some amazing places and things, meeting new people every day, and adjusting to a new job (and a much different schedule). So there’s a lot to say, but I seem to be at a loss for words.
It’s been challenging adjusting to this new life in France, especially not knowing if I want it to be temporary or more permanent, in a country where I speak the language but still get lost in conversations (and the grocery store), away from home and the comforts of knowing what to expect.
While sometimes I find myself sad missing home, I turn around and see the bellfry in my town, or the view from the train rumbling through French farmland to Lille and I realise that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be right now. So overall, I have a feeling of gratitude that I get to have this kind of experience, an experience that I have wanted for such a long time. My heart is at home in France, and in time I think the rest of me will follow.
Here are some of the highlights from my time so far in France: