In January we did two very typical French things: Skiing and a Professional soccer game. I was new to both, so it was pretty exciting!
We spent a day skiing in the French Alps with 2 of our American friends and 2 Australian friends. Being in the mountains is so peaceful and is a great reminder of God's creativity when you see a place so beautiful.
The best way to describe skiing was.... interesting. I went into it expecting to be good at it since I'm usually pretty athletic. I was SO SO wrong. Within about 5 minutes, I was already in tears because I was so overwhelmed and terrified and had no idea how to stop myself. I wish Will and I had recorded my many falls because it would have made for great laughs later on. I had no idea what I was doing and everyone around us was recommending I take a class, however that wasn't possible since we were only there for the day. I'm thankful for Will and our friends' patience because they spent a lot of time helping me learn the basics. By the end of the day, I was able to do a green course (easy level), which was a huge accomplishment for me. I also have SO much more respect for the Olympic athletes, now that I see the crazy courses and stunts they can pull off.
Usually when you grow up in France, you spend a lot of time skiing. Will skiied a lot growing up and I couldn't believe the amount of 3-4-5 year old children flying past me skiing all by themselves. Amazing!
Overall, it was super fun and hopefully we'll have another chance to do it again. It's also an incredible leg workout as well, so be prepared to be sore for a few days. ;)
My job provided us with tickets to go see the Paris vs. Lyon Men's Professional Soccer game. Although I don't enjoy watching soccer, it was a ton of fun! The atmosphere was amazing and of course the crowds were going crazy, as both these teams are rivals. Lyon ended up with an incredible win with a goal just a few seconds before the game was over! GO LYON!