A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go and visit a friend from France. We had met when she was studying at Penn State in 2011 and had kept in touch since then. I promised that I would visit her someday and that someday finally ended up being now.
- I am so grateful for her hospitality and the opportunity to see a little glimpse into her life there. We had a wonderful time and lots of laughs.
With the way things worked out with flights and timing I even got to visit Geneva, Switzerland where we had a picnic lunch along the lake there before traveling into France.
- Our adventures took us through Geneva, Annecy, Lyon and Paris – all lovely, historic places where I got to see famous landmarks, take in amazing views, and try new foods.
What would a vacation be without facing a fear? A few days before leaving for France, Ann-Lise asked how I felt about going kayaking. I responded “Sure! Sounds like fun!” And didn’t think anything of it… until we got there and I realized: 1) this kayaking adventure included lessons; 2) I don’t speak French; 3) It was on a big lake that was a little choppy; and 4) bodies of water still intimidate me… I tried to hide my nervousness and desire to run away from the situation but I stuck it out and challenged myself to at least give it a try. Why not?!
Coming up next… Adventures & Vacation in Paris: Part 2