If you would be so kind to vote, all you have to do is find "Ten Months Abroad" on the list on the link below. You have until February 14th (my grandma's birthday!) to make me proud ;)
One of the many things I've learned whilst in France is how hard it is to escape English. Completely immersing myself in French and tuning out all the English in this world has proved to be quite the challenge. I remember when I would take trips with my family many years ago and my dad would say, "Everyone speaks English". I figured it was out of frustration that he didn’t speak the country’s language. Regardless of the reason, he was right, everyone does speaks English. I try to ask for directions in French and people will answer in English. Heck, I once asked for a dressing room and the store clerk started speaking to me in English!
My friends listen to American music and watch American films more often than anything French. And when I visit places, there is always a brochure in English. What I'm getting at, is that I take every chance I get to continue speaking French to people who answer me in English, to discover French music and movies, and to take the brochure in French, but the one thing I haven’t compromised on is this blog.
Writing is really important to me, not only to keep everyone back home updated with the latest, but also for myself. Yes, I do have selfish motivations, shhhh! Writing has always helped me clear my head and sometimes realize what’s even in my head! I’m going to go through this blog, post through post, in the years that come and relive my experience with every word.
Sometimes I do feel guilty that I’m not taking this time to read a French book or work ahead on school work. I wonder how much more progress I could have made if I hadn’t brought this computer along with me. But that’s how important writing, recounting, and this blog is to me.
I mean take this very post for example; I came here to simply ask that you think about voting for my blog in this competition, and somehow have talked about childhood trips abroad and dressing room experiences!
PS. This is my 50th post and today is the last day of my 5th month in France, and this blog is just moments away from 5,000 views!