First of all, I want to wish all of my readers a Happy New Year…. and provide an explanation for why I haven’t blogged for 3 weeks. Ack.
Before the Christmas holiday, I had the privilege to spend four days in London with my friend, Sau. It was such a wonderful thing to be in an English speaking country again, after 4+ months in France. It definitely gave me some food for thought about relocating to the UK next year. That is definitely an option, because one of the grad programs that accepted me is located in Coventry. Although not London, the thought of spending another year abroad is a bit tempting…!
I had a wonderful Christmas here in France, staying with a family from my church. It was definitely a different experience than in America, obviously, but I found it to be refreshing. Christmas, at least from my vantage point, didn’t seem as commercial and laden with presents/Santa/Consumerism. Instead, I found myself reflecting on the true meaning of the holiday, why I celebrate, how this day impacts my faith as a Christian. Taking communion on Christmas Day (Sunday) at church was a sobering reminder of why Christ had to come. Not only did he choose to come in the form of a human baby, it was truly the only way that he could sympathize with our weak flesh. How fitting that we participate in a sacrament that turns our minds to Christ’s sacrifice while simultaneously celebrating his arrival on Earth.
And now, I’m in Paris until January 4th, with my sister and some great friends from the US. We rented a cute little flat in the Marais, exploring the city by day! Unfortunately, I seem to have caught a nasty cold, so I’m moving a little slower than usual. Thankfully, I’m feeling better. We’re going to the Louvre tomorrow and Versailles on Tuesday. So excited!
And the reason for my blogging hiatus: There was a mixup with my Paypal account, so my domain name was shutdown until it was resolved. So those of you who searched for “lesmesaventures.com” ended up with an error screen. Obviously, the problem is fixed so read on!