It's been a month since I've written or updated, which is pretty sad, considering all of the ideas and dreams I had for this blog over the summer.
I could make excuses: I've been working. I've been busy. What's the point in writing down about my life instead of just living it?
But I don't want to do that. I want to continue to truck on and let you know about the things that I've been experiencing and share my thoughts with you.
I think I'm in love. I think I legitimately could see myself living there. I mean, I've traveled a bit in my 22 years of living, but I think that was the first place that I could really envision myself living indefinitely.
I enjoyed the small-town feel (LOL Paris, a small town? maybe.). I like that it's a city in a largely agricultural city. I like that it's affordable (ish). I like that the people are pretty kind and also pretty pretty. And the food. The FOOD! The abundance of markets. There was a bread festival (!!!).
There are definitely problems in France (politically, socially, etc), as there are with any country, but I don't know. I still have a semester to think about it, I guess.
As far as the actual study abroad program goes, I was a little let down. We were herded around like small children, and given probably less freedom than actual small children in France. We did a lot of cool stuff, like wine tours and cheese tastings, but there wasn't a whole bunch of learning (in the traditional sense) going on. I just felt like we were doing a tourism trip with a guide who spoke little to no French.
I'm not mad that I did it, though. Highlights include touring the Palais Garnier, the Wine Day Tour of France, and sneaking out for late night wine talks.
I may eventually post the journals day by day of what Paris was like, but for now, I think I'm going to close the door on the study abroad trip and write about the now.
For the past month and a half, I've been in Colorado. Surprise! I'm at Aspen Meadows Resort (a Dolce property managed by Wyndham) as a Food and Beverage Intern. A expectations vs reality post may be coming soon, because boy, did I have expectations.
I'm learning a lot about the service industry, and I'm kind of blown away at some of the stuff people get away with here, both in terms of food safety and other things. Mostly, it's fun and beautiful and exciting day-by-day.
Currently, I'm sitting in a Starbucks because I have no wifi at home, typing away with my roommate Christina. It's a good day, and I'm glad to be here. When I get back to school (#supersenior), I'll hopefully be able to share a lot more recipes (we get the worst lighting in our kitchen), stories, and more!
Stay tuned, fam!
All the best,