25 Reflections: All About Alsace!

When we decided to come and live in the Alsace region of France, we knew pretty much nothing about this area. I saw a picture of Colmar on Pinterest and decided I liked its vibe. We found an Airbnb that we liked in a neighboring village, made our travel arrangements, and then showed up! Since…

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25 Reflections: Be in the Now

Nothing has happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now. Eckhart Tolle As someone who has spent most of her life either contemplating the future or analyzing the past, it has somewhat difficult for me to really fall in love with the…

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25 Reflections: World War II

As we have traveled throughout Europe, we have felt and seen the impact of World War II more keenly than at any previous time in our lives. It is present here in a way that it is not at home. In the U.S., I think all of us have some vague sense that there was…

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25 Reflections: Releasing Attachment to Outcomes

I’m a planner. For our France adventure we have done a lot of mini-trips in the middle of our big trip, and all of it has taken a lot of planning. I have done a lot of research, made a lot of itineraries, and–importantly–used my imagination to envision how we would spend our time. The…

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25 Reflections: Vineyards and Parables

We have been living in the Alsace wine country–one of the regions in France that is famous for its wines. The hills around our village are covered in vineyards. Really, the entire region is covered in vineyards. One of the most fascinating parts of our stay has been watching the work of the vineyards through…

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25 Reflections: People are People

Before coming to France, I had a vague notion about how French people would be. I thought the women would all be thin and fashionable with perfect skin and je-ne-sais-quoi hair. The men would be also be stylish, with tousled hair and a scarf draped just-so over a jacket–but no one would look like they…

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25 Reflections: Boundaries

The rhythms of French life, especially in a small rural village, have taken some getting used to. The first week I was here, I went out into the village on a Monday at 8:45 a.m. to try to rustle up some baked goods for breakfast. The main village bakery was closed because, as I discovered…

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25 Reflections: Traditions

I waited until today to take down our Christmas tree, because I heard that January 6th is the last day of the Christmas season in France. At the bakery they had a bunch of cakes with paper crowns on top, which I was tempted to try. (Everything at our village bakery is delicious.) But it’s…

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25 Reflections: Joy of Walking

A lifestyle change that has come built-in to our time in France has been more walking. For one thing, we’ve been traveling and that always means sightseeing and museums and walking around cities. I track my steps on a daily basis, and a travel day usually ends up somewhere around 20,000 steps for me, which…

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