This weekend, our school took us on a snow trip to the French Alps! We are staying at a ski-in, ski-out resort called Les Orres. Before this weekend, I didn’t know ski-in, ski-out places existed! We just walked outside, put on our skis, and the slope was right there! I was actually very nervous for this trip for a couple reasons. First of all, Aix is already pretty cold for this California girl, so going skiing in 10 degree weather was a little frightening. Also, it was supposed to snow all weekend, and none of us came prepared. Luckily, I had ski pants, gloves, googles, and boots, but my none jackets are water-proof! I bundled up with every pair of pants and jackets I own and hit the slopes. When we arrived in Friday, it was snowing and foggy. We couldn’t see anything around us, so it looked like a lone hotel in the middle of Antarctica or something. When we went skiing, my body was overheating, but the snow was blasting my face off. An hour later, the fog lifted and the snow stopped falling, revealing the most beautiful mountain landscape. Before, we had no idea any of it was there! It was absolutely stunning and from there on out, the weather was perfect. At the top of the highest peak, the snow blew in the breeze. The sun was out and the snow was all fresh powder (freesh powda, mate). It was a little hard for me because I’ve never skied in powder before, especially ungroomed, deep powder. It felt lovely, though, like slicing through a cloud. The only thing that would’ve made it better is if Gavin were there to ski with me; he would have had a blast (it also would have been great if I hadn’t fallen as much as I did)!
Here, the colors of the slope are different from American slopes. They use white, green, blue, red, and black to indicate levels. White is equivalent to the bunny slope, greens are the same as America, European blues are American green-blues or regular blues, red is similar to a double blue or a low-level black, and blacks are expert-level.
Everyone talks about other cultures abroad, but what I didn’t realize was how cool it has been meeting other Americans from different parts of the country and learning about each other’s cultures while here. America is so huge; I always forget that it is about the size of Europe and we have so many different cultures within our own nation. All my friends are from different states, and they think it’s super funny that I say “stoked,” “bro,” “gnarly,” and “dude” as often as I do. It’s also great that one of my friends from Tennessee actually plays the banjo.
Tonight I went to a wine tasting through CEA with some of my friends. Because wine is such a fundamental part of French culture, I've been wanting to learn all I can from the people here. Just don't tell Point Loma I did this ;)! We got to taste rosé, white, and red wines, as well as some bread and cheese. Wine is very complex and there is a lot that goes into making and tasting it; I did not realize the extent of this until now. We learned about the different wine regions, which wines go with certain foods, and why you should never ever put ice cubes in white wines. We also learned how to test for acidity and pick up the aromas of the wines. What a cool experience!
Stay tuned for my trip to the Carnaval de Nice!
Prayer requests: Gavin to get in to PLNU's summer research program, safety during the carnival, discernment, and spiritual growth
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
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