It has been a great 3 weeks and we are finally beginning to settle into our new home! I've spent the past 3 weeks painting all the walls, cabinets, doors, windows, baseboards, etc. And we were SO excited last Friday when we got the call that our shipment from the US had arrived!!!! It is so nice having our home decorations, kitchen items, wedding gifts, blankets, photos, special things, etc. We are so grateful for everyone who donated money so that we could make our apartment a home. It has made such a difference!
I've FINALLY received my schedule to begin French classes and I begin next week! I'll be cramming 200 hours into 2 months so I'm excited and also very nervous. Learning French is the next biggest thing I need to accomplish here.
I also attended two 8 hour days of learning about the French government, culture, insurance, and other important and insightful details.
I can officially say that I have attended a French High School. ;) I've been able to help assist in one of the English classes at a private school in Lyon. The first visit was pretty intimidating, walking into a room of 20 students and leading the class. I am super impressed by how well their English is at only 15 years old. We have been able to discuss America and I've shared about the culture, the people, the food, the elections, etc.
The teacher has also been so kind in the classroom and also on a personal level. I was able to visit her home to meet her family and even do some French baking. She lived in England for a time, so she can relate in many ways to my situation. She is one of many people that God has used to encourage me. It is hard to find people that truly understand my situation and have lived it, but I have met a few people who totally get it. It's really encouraging to see them after they have already been through the same encounters I am facing. God is always good!
1) I have had to transition to a lot of small changes here:
-A different measuring system. Baking is difficult when most everything is in grams instead of ounces. Driving is in kilometers instead of miles. Meters are used often, but this one isn't as hard of an adjustment since I ran track. The letters on the keyboard of computers/laptops and cell phones are slightly different. A few of the letters are in different places, which makes it very confusing.
-When writing out the date, the month and day are reversed. So instead of today being 4/28/2015, it is 28/04/2015. This one gets me freaked out often when I look at the expiration date on food and sometimes think it's months old. haha.
2) The milk and eggs in France are not in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. The milk comes in small bottles and we don't have to store it in the fridge unless it's been opened. Seems kind of gross but I'm getting used to it. It does make it easier that we can buy a pack of 6 bottles and just keep it in storage until we need it.
3) Colored Toilet Paper - So Cool