Here goes year number 7

This morning I was thinking about the “what ifs” of my French life—what if I hadn’t decided to come back for a second year? What if I hadn’t met Ju and thus had had to return home after three years in Poitiers? That got me to thinking about what bits of my French daily life I would probably still be romanticizing. Since I live here, I don’t really romanticize it much anymore. But there are things I would definitely miss if I went back home.

So, to mark the beginning of Year 7 in France, I searched through my photo albums to find the ones that represent my French life for me these past six years. (After the jump.)

Year one:

The ramparts of the ville haute in Bar le Duc, Oct 2006

The ramparts of the ville haute in Bar le Duc. Oct 2006

The fabulous trip to Spain with Chelsey, Zandra, and Marcela. Feb 2007

The fabulous trip to Spain with Chelsey, Zandra, and Marcela. Feb 2007

Toledo, Feb 2007

Toledo. Feb 2007

Outside the cheese restaurant in Nancy with all the other assistants. April 2007

Outside the cheese restaurant in Nancy with all the other assistants. April 2007

Walking through the ville haute in Bar le Duc with my parents, March 2007

Walking through the ville haute in Bar le Duc with my parents. March 2007

Year two:

The ESIEC building

The ESIEC building

The Médiathèque in Reims

The médiathèque in Reims

Bus stop in Reims

Bus stop in Reims

The Place d'Erlon in Reims

The Place d’Erlon in Reims

Me + ice cream + Place d'Erlon in Reims

Me + ice cream + Place d’Erlon in Reims

City center, Reims

City center, Reims

The 45-min train ride that lasted three hours. May 2008

The 45-min train ride that lasted three hours. May 2008

Chenonceau with Laurel. May 2008

Chenonceau with Laurel. May 2008

Somewhere in the Loire valley. May 2008.

Somewhere in the Loire valley. May 2008.

Outside Mumm champagne house. June 2008.

Outside Mumm champagne house. June 2008.

In my apartment. June 2008

In my apartment, map of Reims in the background. June 2008

The Eiffel Tower twinkling. June 2008.

The Eiffel Tower twinkling. June 2008.

French bulldogs at a shop in Saint Malo. July 2008

French bulldogs at a shop in Saint Malo. July 2008

The Paris metro. August 2008

The Paris metro. August 2008

Year three:

The abbey at Nouaillé. Sep 2009.

The abbey at Nouaillé. Sep 2009.

The flatshare living room.

The flatshare living room.

The Hermione in Rochefort. Oct 2009

The Hermione in Rochefort. Oct 2009 (I’m sure she looks quite different now.)

The Palais des Papes, Avignon. Oct 2009

The Palais des Papes, Avignon. Oct 2009

The Chinese New Year, Paris. Feb 2010

The Chinese New Year, Paris. Feb 2010

Poitiers, tepping out of my apartment. March 2008

Poitiers, stepping out of my apartment. March 2010

Ile de Ré. March 2010

Ile de Ré. March 2010

Sitting down for drinks on the Place d'Armes, Poitiers, before it got redone. March 2010

Sitting down for drinks on the Place d’Armes, Poitiers, before it got redone. March 2010

Festivété. June 2010

Festivété. June 2010

Parc Blossac. July 2010

Parc Blossac. July 2010

Avignon. July 2010

Avignon. July 2010

The Polychromies of Notre Dame. July 2010

The Polychromies of Notre Dame. July 2010

The crowd outside my apartment waiting for the polychromies. July 2010

The crowd outside my apartment waiting for the Polychromies. July 2010

Year four:

Les Expressifs, Poitiers. Oct 2010

Les Expressifs, Poitiers. Oct 2010

Montmorillon. Feb 2011

Montmorillon. Feb 2011

Carnaval in Poitiers, from my window. Feb 2011

Carnaval in Poitiers, from my window. Feb 2011

In the Verdon. June 2011

In the Verdon. June 2011

Aix-en Provence. June 2011

Aix-en Provence. June 2011

The Pont du Gard. June 2011

The Pont du Gard. June 2011

J's birthday. August 2011

J’s birthday. August 2011

Year five:

In the new house. Sep 2011

In the new house. Sep 2011

Pumpkin carving. Oct 2011

Pumpkin carving. Oct 2011

New Year's "blue" party. Dec 2011

New Year’s “blue” party. Dec 2011

Snow in Poitiers. Feb 2012

Snow in Poitiers. Feb 2012

Visiting Mouton Village. May 2012

Visiting Mouton Village. May 2012

The horse in the field next door to our house. Summer 2012

The horse in the field next door to our house. Summer 2012

Barbecuing in the backyard. Summer 2012

Barbecuing in the backyard. Summer 2012

Near Gap. August 2012

Near Gap. August 2012

J's birthday. August 2012

J’s birthday. August 2012

Year six:

Notre Dame, Poitiers. Nov 2012

Notre Dame, Poitiers. Nov 2012

A Christmas tree! Dec 2012

A Christmas tree! Dec 2012

The Voeux de Ségolène Royal. Jan 2013

The Voeux de Ségolène Royal. Jan 2013

Sarlat. May 2013

Sarlat. May 2013

Montmorillon. June 2013

Montmorillon. June 2013

The Polychromies of Notre Dame. June 2013

The Polychromies of Notre Dame. June 2013

The school year starts up in a little over a week. Here’s to a great seventh year. (Though I should probably stop counting—if only people would stop asking me how long I’ve been here!)

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6 thoughts on “Here goes year number 7

  1. This is year 7 for me too. I find that the more time goes by, the less I think about the “what ifs” because I don’t know any more what the alternative would be. Hope this is a good one for both of us!

  2. Mom says:

    as long as you keep track of these year #’s all I have to do is add one to get the number of years since my life changed. My years minus one are your years because of that nice year when you were in Austin (eyes bloated due to cedar pollen)

  3. Congratulations on your 7th year! Lovely photos, I’ve got to make it to those polychromies sometimes, although my photos of similar stuff always end up terrible 🙂

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