Monday, August 8, 2016

Week 37 - It's a Small World (after all) (August 1)

Hello my family and friends!

First off, shout to the French for knowing American geography weirdly well. Better than lots of Americans. I have had a surprising number of people recognize the unpopulated prairies from whence I come! Granted it is usually either Yellowstone Park or "the state where you had Indians before America kicked them out" that clicks with people. However! I did run into someone this week who had not only been in Wyoming, but had lived 2 months in Cheyenne. Back in 83'. When I was -12 [negative twelve]. Cheyenne though! The city where I grew up and spent the majority of my life! What a crazy coincidence. I thought the whole "it's a small world" wasn't really a thing but during these 8 months abroad I have definitely discovered it is a thing. In multiple senses. Everybody has the same fears, many of the same dreams, the same names pronounced all funnily. People recognize a lot of each other's lives!

Even little Cheyenne Wyoming. It is not the differences that have been pronounced as I have encountered all these different cultures but all the similarities. How empathetic we can all be! Or at least try to be.

I write this email from the interior of a FNAC— Barnes and Noble with more technology thrown in that happens to have WiFi. The FNAC is located here in Bologne Sur Mer which is a gorgeous little seaside town not far from Dunkerque. The site of Europe's largest aquarium!

This last week has been a little crazy. We have been super busy and were are changing a third of our district. I don't have too much time this week to write but the next week will be a double-length episode!

Alex Hacker

Our zone.  See if you can find me in the picture....

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