I’ve spent more than half my life labouring over gendered nouns, weird and wonderful tenses (pluperfect subjunctive, I’m looking at you here) and obscure grammatical anomalies, but one piece of the language-learning jigsaw still (pun intended) puzzles me: fluency.
Already, it’s been three months since I left the Land of Baguettes. Three months. Three speculoos éclair-less, greengage-less and crêpe-less months. Sometimes, it feels like it was just yesterday that I left Lyon; sometimes, it feels like a lifetime ago. There’s no place like home – that’s rainy Britain for me – but that doesn’t stop me missing one aspect or another of la vie française on a daily basis . . .
Not so long ago, Jenny from Travel, Adventure, Discover nominated me for the Blue Sky Tag – a lovely way to pass on a slice of positivity to other bloggers (and a nice distraction from the grey clouds gracing the skies here in the UK). Currently based in Berlin, Jenny features snapshots of life in Deutschland and snippets from her international adventures on her blog. Danke to Jenny for the nomination and before I get side-tracked, let’s crack on!
A week or so back, I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by the lovely Caroline from Caroline: Post-Grad. She’s the only blogger I follow that I’ve actually met – on a hike near Ambérieu-en-Bugey back in November – and I’ve been following her post-grad adventures ever since. I love seeing her interpretations of the Daily Post Photo Challenge, as they always provide food for thought, and especially admire the honesty behind her posts. Caroline’s blog is a constant source of reassurance and inspiration, and her nomination means a lot to me. Sans plus tarder, a huge thank you to Caroline for the nomination and let’s crack on with the award itself.
A fortnight ago, Emma from Curly Girl Abroad nominated me for the Blue Sky Tag; I’m not entirely sure of its origins, but I’m only too happy to tag along (pardon the awful pun). Emma’s blog is a lovely mishmash of general ponderings, baking and travelling – so if you fancy touring Europe (and a chunk of the US of A) from your sofa, then head on over! Thank you for the nomination Emma, and without further ado on y va!
A fortnight or so ago, Seattle-based Allison over at Travel Gourmand nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. Allison’s blog, as its name suggests, is packed with adventures, both stateside and further afield, and culinary delights. Her recent recounting of her time in Churchill brought back fond childhood memories of the first time I ever learnt of Hudson Bay – in the Animal Ark book Polar Bears on the Path. (I still love alliterative titles. Some things will never change.) Globetrotting aside, you’ll find plenty of restaurant recommendations and recipes inspired by her travels to try out at home. Without further ado, mille mercis to Allison for the nomination, and (heigh ho, heigh ho) onto the rules we go!
Globally speaking, 2016 was an absolute train wreck. Suffice it to say that I had anticipated neither Brexit, nor tangerine Trump’s election, nor the seemingly inordinate death toll of A-, B- and Z-list celebrities. All is not lost, however, for as Albus Dumbledore remarks, “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”