I really don’t like flying…which is so ironic, considering I want to live overseas someday, and I go to school all the way across the country. It’s just such a hassle, especially when trying to keep up with personal hygiene in the airports!
Last night I said my second tearful goodbye to Gabon, although this time it was different…in a way it was harder because as I walked away I didn’t have the same resolve in my heart to return in a year like last time. As much as I would love to go back to Gabon again as soon as possible, I know that I need to be open to whatever God wants for my future, not just what I want.
I am thankful that I have been blessed to stop in Paris for ten days before going back to the States. Ever since I was little I have dreamed of visiting Paris, and as I walked through my dream city today I kept saying, “Wow…wow…this is so beautiful…wow…” This definitely is one of the coolest cities I have visited!
Being here is a good segway between Gabon and America…I am surrounded by whities again, but because of the more conserved culture, I still don’t really make eye contact with people and smile at them. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings just as much here because of pick-pocketing. Of course, as usual, I am freeeeezing!!!
The family I am staying with, the Roos family, is awesome–they just moved here about six months ago and have been going to language school. The girls–ages 7 and 10–have picked up a lot of French from their public school, and they already are very good at figuring out transportation on the subways and metro. If they can do it, so can I!