Today marks 6 days that I have been in France. Here's how it is going so far:
I have seen little of Lyon as of now, since the weather has been cold and rainy all week, but hope to visit the city soon!
My french vocabulary grows everyday, and my mind continues to run every night when I am going to bed with so many new things in my brain! I'm carrying a notebook around with me 24/7 to add new words that I learn.
I am thankful that Will continues to translate everything for me and that both Will's parents speak enough English that we can communicate the basics. Will's sister is learning English in high school so it is great practice for her to hear English and speak it with me.
Will's brother (Ruben) and his girlfriend (Eloise) speak very little English. We have seen them a lot, but can't speak to one another so Eloise and I now use google translate to speak to one another. We probably sound ridiculous reading the other language off our phone, but we're happy that we can communicate together and can learn the other language.
It will be a long process but i'm ready to learn and excited about this process!
*French people kiss A LOT. Instead of a hug, handshake, or high five, the French kiss each cheek once. They kiss when they greet one another, when they say goodbye, or to say "thank you." Something I have to learn to get used to!
*Semi trucks are totally flat in the front
*So many things are smaller in France than in the US: Cars, dish sets, food portions, cars, roads, etc. The largest cup I have been able to find at Will's house is smaller than my hand.
I've already been able to experience so many different types of foods. Most have been really great but there have been a few that aren't my favorite. The majority of food I've eaten has been totally different than American food so it makes it exciting as I am always eating new things.
Our sleep schedule is very messed up and the time difference has made us very tired all the time. We're hoping our bodies will get used to it in the next few days. Besides that, we are enjoying being with Will's family, playing games, relaxing, and had a wonderful New Years celebration.
Bonne Annee = Happy new year!
Excited and prayerful for what this year will bring! I am excited for personal goals, to explore Europe, and for what God will do in the hearts of the people we encounter.