After eight, long months of living, working, and traveling in France (as well as all over Europe), I am finally back in the good ol’ US of A. Back home in my hometown of Los Angeles, and man, it feels so good to have returned.
Not to say that I didn’t enjoy my almost-year abroad, living the pseudo “ex-pat life” and all. In fact, I loved it. While it wasn’t perfect, and admittedly had a more disillusioned view of the French people and culture after leaving, I have to say that I don’t regret having chosen to go to France. Not at all.
From these last eight months away, I have learned to become more independent: paying rent, working, and settling bureaucratic stuff on my own, especially in a language (namely, French) which isn’t my native one. Wanderlust became intense and alive for me, as I basically went crazy with travel throughout the months, visiting not only numerous cities in France, but also countries in Europe. In total, I have visited fifteen countries this year (France included), which doesn’t include the ones that I had visited before coming to work in Europe. Basically, you can say that I’ve pretty much conquered Europe! 😀
Any case, I came back to Los Angeles on May 5th, after a nauseated, but otherwise smooth, direct eleven-hour flight from Paris. My teaching contract had ended on April 30th, and so before I went back, I decided to squeeze in a last-chance trip to…Italy! Specifically, the Cinque Terre, aka the “five villages” along the west coast of Italy that is famous for its hiking trails between each village, with colorful houses along the cliffs (UNESCO World Heritage Site-approved) and the deep, turquoise-blue sea. For four nights, I was there, doing some *intense* hiking to the villages. Utterly amazing, and I am so glad to have gone there. Since tomorrow is Mother’s Day, posts about my travels to the Cinque Terre will be up on Monday, so look out for them!
Now, you might be wondering: what do I plan to do now after leaving France? As for that, I don’t know. At least, not yet. Currently, my future is looking uncertain, but I hope that in the next couple of months I will hear back or figure something out for the next year (and thereafter). As for this blog, I will continue to post daily, as I have lots of ideas to put out and share with you. Can’t guarantee that many of them will be travel-related after this month, since I am back at home, but I do hope that you will continue to enjoy reading whatever I write in the months to come.
Thank you for everything this past year: your comments, your support, and most of all, your passion for discovering new things every day- just as much as I love, too. Catch up with you later! 🙂
— The Finicky Cynic
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