Friday, June 20, 2014

Tahiti and New Caledonia

Standard procedure for every person setting out to learn a new language is knowing where that language is used.  In my first French class, I was told about exotic places like Martinique, Ivory Coast, Quebec, New Caledonia and Tahiti where the French had colonized and the language is still spoken.  Never in a million years did I think that one day I would be visiting these places!

Some of you may know that my daughter Mary is on an LDS mission in New Caledonia and comes home at the end of July.  Sometimes parents "pick up" their missionaries and many return a year or more later to show their loved ones where they spent 18 months to 2 years immersed so deeply in a culture that it becomes a part of their lives forever.  My husband, Brett and I just booked 3 round-trip tickets to Tahiti this week for an April 2015 departure.  We'll spend 5 days there and then another 5 days in Nouméa where our Mary has spent the last year and a half of her life.  More than half of the missionaries she has served with have been Tahitian, so we decided to spend some time in both places.  To say that we are excited is an understatement.  Watch this space for more information about the trip and please send me a message if you have any information on things to do and see!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Welcome to my new blog -- Bonbons and Berets -- a fun place to come and talk about French stuff, but also life in general as people -- you and me -- who love adventure, learning and personal growth.  Check in and see what's happening, join the conversation and take a trip with me.