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As my time in France is quickly approaching an end, I find myself more and more thinking, "I'm going to miss that when I'm back in the States!" Of course, there's the obvious things like my host family and all of the wonderful friends that I have made. But sometimes I catch myself already missing the little things too.
Dropping off the Kids at School
For many au pairs, this is the absolute worst part of the day. You have to ...
For those of you who knew that my time in France was supposed to end around July, I've been getting lots of questions about "what was next." My mind had changed about a million times since arriving as to what would be "next," including:
-moving to DC to find a job
-staying with my au pair family for another year
-moving to Paris and au pairing with a family there
-moving to Paris but studying ...
... M: I'm not sure yet, but sometime after you finish school.
C: Will you be sad?
M: Of course!
C: Will you cry?
M: Probably...(here I am already getting a bit emotional)
C: Well, just don't forget that my birthday is May 2.
In Venice, we walked past two cute guys and I made a joking comment to her. So every time we passed a young man she would ask, "Lauren, are you in love with him too?" Now it's the running joke that I love every boy, and every boy is in ...
... in the grocery store that could help me out with my addiction to all things spicy. Sadly, everything seems to be toned down for the French palate. I find myself constantly singing "Hot Stuff" in my head. Medium salsa is like tomato sauce (and hot is completely non-existent), my family doesn't cook with onions, and I've become so used to bland foods that even black pepper is a kick! I finally was introduced to a Mexican taco stand ...
... to pay you at the beginning of the week? Have fun bringing that up at breakfast.
-You're supposed to be "part of the family." Businesses that treat their employees like family tend to have happy employees! So don't get me wrong on this one, it's not all bad. But it is really hard to remind yourself (and them) that you're not just some older cousin who awkwardly lives with them and takes care of the ...