I'm not quite sure why it happens, but being abroad will send you on some crazy mood swings. One day I literally feel like skipping in glee to the Metro and others I get teary-eyed when I see Obama on a magazine cover (as if he's a close friend just waiting for me at 416.)
I'd imagine it's a lot like pregnancy (see also: insatiable appetites and strange cravings.) But being Baby Child Jenna, all I know about pregnancy is what I see on TV, so let's move on...
After a series of pretty unfortunate events (a hijacked debit card may have something to do with it) I felt myself begin to slip into a rut and needed to cure it, fast.
That fast cure came in the form of a faster train ride to Fontainebleau.
After dragging my grumpy self from a LOST recap column to our designated meeting point, the day only got better. We pranced around the courtyards of a stunning chateau, we admired the beautiful, likely evil, white swans in the faux-pond and we wandered through a forest.
Yes, a forest. A French forest. A French forest where the only other person we ran into was a man singing at the top of his lungs. Maybe he was a renowned opera singer we ignorant Americans wouldn't recognize who had no other place to perfect his tune. Maybe he was just straight-up crazy. Either way, we support his cause.
I figured studying abroad in Paris would mean I'd have to travel outside of the borders if I wanted to climb giant rock structures for amazing tree-top views, but I was very mistaken and am very happy about it. It was a literal change of scenery that was humbling and just so perfectly refreshing.
I'm sure a lot of you have much more adventurous treks through Africa and South America and The Moon and Hogwart's Forbidden Forest and wherever else, but let's remember whose blog this is and share in her satisfaction.
Oh, and that isn't another Photoshopping masterpiece of mine, it's Renoir's painting of "Jules Le Coeur in the Forest of Fontainebleau." But it's fine, people get us mixed up all the time.
Tomorrow I'm going to Versailles, but my heart will be in Madison celebrating some very special birthdays. Joyeux Anniversaire mes petites mignons!
Wait. One more thing.
To the Frenchie that took my card... I hope that you decide to climb up to Sacre Coeur to show off your new outfit and trip over your new, expensive shoes on those stone steps, crack a few teeth and have to pay a good $600 on hospital bills. Okay, whew, now I am officially over it.