25 December 2010

Joyeux Noël!

Merry Christmas from France! 

I spent Christmas Eve with a French family and got to experience all sorts of wonderful French traditions . . . including little chocolates that have firecracker-like-poppers in the wrappers!!  They're GREAT!!  I thought about trying to get some to bring home with me, but I'm afraid I'll get arrested at US customs.  So, you'll just have to take my word for it, they're fun.

Speaking of going home . . . my BA flight was resceduled for tomorrow, but now the weather man is calling for 6inches (15.24cm) Sunday into Monday.  So the big question now is, will I have Happy New Year or a Bonne Année!

24 December 2010

Article About Galmi

Galmi Hospital's CREN (the malnutrition clinic) is the focus of an article on the Pulitzer Center's website: http://pulitzercenter.org/blog/niger-malnutrition.

Culture Quiz

One of my favorite things about google is when they use images to spell 'google' based on special events or holidays.  You know, like the other day was Edith Piaf's birthday so they had this as their logo:

22 December 2010

The Étranger's Worse Nightmare

SKYPE IS DOWN!!!  I tried to call my brother this evening, and skype wouldn't connect.  I assumed it was our internet connection . . . but I could access the web no problem.  I tried agin a little bit later, but no luck.  Apparently skype users around the world are facing the same problem.  I just hope they get it up and running in the next day or two . . . it's one thing to be far away for Christmas, it's something else altogether to have a skype outage pour Noël!

20 December 2010

A Man Plans His Way

. . . But the Lord determines his steps. 

Such is the case (once again) for me. 

Woke up this morning to lots of snow on the ground and the buzz of flight cancellations and airport closings.  The good news is that I didn't have to make the hour drive (or more in the snow) up to Charles de Gaulle.  The bad news is that the first flight they can put me on is December 26 (which isn't too bad, considering their first offer was the 6th of January!). 

So, while it's very disappointing . . . c'est la vie.  At least I'm not stranded in London . . . but rather in a place I've called home for a year and a half with people I enjoy and a language I (kind of) speak.

It Could Be Worse

 . . . it could always be worse.

So, I'm stuck.  We are apparently having record snow falls (although, I think the weather man says that every time it snows) and my flight home has been cancelled.  Today has been spent trying to reschedule my flight . . . with no success so far. 

But, none the less, I am thankful to be still at Les Cèdres and not stranded, like so many, at an airport.  PTL!

14 December 2010

Le Temps Passe Vite

It occured to me about two minutes ago while checking email, that I hadn't blogged in a while. 

But there's a good reason for that.  In five days, I'm leaving France.  My time here has come to an end and I must move on.  It hasn't yet hit me that when I fly  to the US on the 20th, I will only be returning to Paris to change airplanes . . . in my head, I'm only packing for des vacances.  But this is it. 

Despite the many ups and downs . . . the laughter and tears (and sometimes both au même temps) I am so very thankful for my time here.  I have learned so much . . . and I managed to pick up a new language along the way.  Crazy how that happens.