I, along with many other students’ abroad, am having somewhat of a crisis realizing that the end of the semester is in sight.
At the beginning of the semester I made a list of my favorite European things. Here’s an updated list of the European things I will miss the most:
- Fresh bread/ baguettes
- Crepes (specifically banana and Nutella…ugh)
- French food in general
- Tripping over the (pretty) cobblestone
- Cute French babies speaking in French
- All of the fountains
- How my name is pronounced in French
- The laid back attitude aka “French time” aka 10 minute late to everything…at least
- Josette, of course
Speaking of Josette, my host grandma, today we shared a particularly beautiful moment. It’s a Sunday and I was studying in my room as exams are quickly approaching. She called me into the kitchen and I figured she probably needed help reaching something on the top shelf. However, when I found her in the kitchen she was holding a red envelope with a blue box inside. She handed me the gift and said that she hopes whenever I see this I think of her. Inside was a beautiful necklace and more importantly such a kind gesture.
Spending 5 months with someone in such close quarters calls for an intense whirlwind of a relationship and that was true for Josette and I. I don’t want to think about how I will say goodbye to someone who welcome me as one of her own for 5 months. It will be a tough week ahead.