The idea of posting every day for a year must have come to me in a moment of madness. However, I’m now halfway through my virtual year in France. The experience has turned out to be more rewarding than I could have foreseen – and, erm, more French too.
The challenge, of course, has been to find something to say every day. However, to be honest, I haven’t struggled at all. Plus, I’ve coped with technological challenges: finding ways to post when I’ve been away and even when our home internet connection went down for two days.
I’ve been to France three times already this year – to Normandy in January, Paris in May and rural Pas-de-Calais at the beginning of this month. I’m off to Bergerac in a few weeks’ time, Paris again in the autumn and then back to Bergerac for Christmas and New Year.
As well as to have an excuse to revel in all things French and learn a bit more, one of the aims of this blog was to write more. What has been good is that several hundred people have thought my daily musings interesting enough to sign up to follow me – for which, thank you.
My partner, parents and friends have rallied behind me too, and further encouragement came when I was invited to be interviewed for a full-page profile in French Entrée magazine.
However, what’s struck me the most is how much France is part of my everyday life – and has been for years, almost without my noticing it. From the restaurants I eat in to the food I cook at home, my love of French cuisine is clear. The films I watch and the music I listen to demonstrate my love of French culture too.
So, here I am, 181 days into my French adventure. I’m enjoying it and I hope you are too and that you’ll stick with me for the rest of the year.