I made it here in one piece, and so did my luggage luckily.
So I’m in France now and mulling over what the next few years of my life are going to look like. As you can tell, I’ve been quite busy with my preparations – so much so that I haven’t written a blog post in about 6 weeks. Trying to learn French, save up some money, and reduce my life down to two suitcases is hard work, trust me.
My trip here was pretty good, starting out on a leg from Washington National to Miami where I was lucky enough to get bumped up to First. Some wine helped my jitters and the salmon salad sufficed for my midday snack/meal (you know how I eat).
Three hours in Miami went by quickly with last-minute calls and texts to family and then I was off to Madrid. A crying two-year-old in the aisle ahead of me didn’t help to get me to bed immediately, but the flight attendant recognized my trouble and offered me some more wine on the house despite being in coach on that leg (that was the Kyle discount – Joe, Dad, you know about that).
After three pleasant hours of speaking Spanish at Barajas, I boarded my last flight to Rennes and met a lovely French lady who was quite quiet until I tried out my “peu de français” and did alright for myself. She wished me “bon voyage” at our parting and was a nice, welcoming face for my new homeland.
Finally, I got myself to Vannes, met my advisor at the train station and went off to the lab to get an idea of where I would be working and with whom. I have to say that the people there at the lab were less than celebratory at my arrival, though I don’t mean to say I expected a party or anything; however, an offer to show me around would have been appreciated if nothing else. Nonetheless, my lab-mates seem to be smiley young people with varying degrees of English knowledge that I hope I can take advantage of (working my way across the gradient as I improve in my own knowledge of French).
For now, I leave all my friends with a far-off “hello” saying that I already miss you all. Please keep me in your prayers that the Lord may bless the friendships that I am about to make, and that He will mature them to that which I enjoy with all of you. I’m guessing that I’ll be updating this often over the next little while, so stay tuned for pictures and more stories.
Blessings to you all. Allez, bon week-end! (my first colloquial French)