Crunchy Croissants and Waves of Nostalgia11.09.2011Im not sure why I feel the need to share this, but my croissant at breakfast today is extremely crunchy.
Okay, I do have a point, I promise. The point is, that Im having one of those moments that people get after they study abroad. Im getting nostalgic and totally missing France. Its the little things, really, that take me back there. For example, the fact that my croissant is not soft and flaky as it should be. Also, its raining today, which it did in France for about two weeks while I was there. It was different there, though. I didnt much care that it was raining, because, quite frankly, I was in a foreign country and rain was not going to spoil that parade. Please forgive the cliché.
I guess the point of this is that study abroad was quite possibly the most amazing experience of my life, and sometimes its bittersweet to think about. I got a super-adorable Halloween e-card from my host mom the other day, which I think was the ultimate source of nostalgia resurfacing. It had a smiling Jack-O-Lantern and a recipe for a French pumpkin soup
I think. Anyway, I e-mailed her and she responded, and for just a moment I felt like I was back there enjoying the view from my bedroom window and waiting to be called for dinner.
Maybe its also because Ive been so stressed with school lately. I tend to daydream about being in Angers when Im overwhelmed and I remember how laid-back and carefree life was during July when all I had to worry about was if I could understand my professor and where I was going to explore after class was over. Ill go back someday, but for now, its back to exams and less-than-parfait pastries.
Amazing what a piece of bread can do, huh?