Annecy was a great way for us to occupy the beginning of the holiday weekend, but as Sunday came I felt as if I was missing out on something at home. I had just gotten off Facebook video chat with the family (where I met the new fur-baby Millie, eek!) and it is then that I really began to miss being home for the holidays. The key to avoiding this feeling is preoccupying yourself with everything right in front of you that life has to offer. So naturally, I turned to my Canadian counter-parts to see what they were up to for the "holiday" (unfortunately not a vrai holiday in France). After some discussion we decided we would head out for dinner that night. We had originally decided that we would do a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal, but with 4 out 5 of us living without an oven, that idea quickly faded.
Alas, Sunday night we found ourselves seated at a local restaurant in town, "La Ferme à Dédé"- a restaurant of traditional French cuisine of this region (dauphinois et savoyard). Although it wasn't mum's homemade stuffing and mashed sweet potatoes, it definitely filled the void of missing home.
|Wasn't quite quick enough to snap a pic before the crew dug in!|
And with that, I conclude this post with saying that my first holiday abroad turned out eh-okay (A-OK, i know). Along with allowing me to spend quality time with my Canadians, and stuffing my face with my favourite food group (cheese, of course), it has allowed me to reflect on everything I'm thankful for (ya, I just got serious here). I am thankful for every one of my friends and family back home who continue to support me everyday, who take my rants on a daily basis, and who never fail to send me positive energy. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to experience the world outside of my own, and ultimately that I decided to take the leap of faith.