well, I’m going to start this little shout out from France with some news about France. I quote from the BBC:
“Floyd Landis, grew up a Mennonite – a Christian community which rejects any influence from the modern world – in Farmersville, Pennsylvania, without television, computers or alcohol.”
Ok, so I’m positive that the BBC got the definition of Mennonite wrong, but he still won the Tour. I’ll keep it quiet while here that I’m one, an American, and two, a Mennonite. It has to be a sore subject right now.
We’re in Deisenheim, a rural, small farming village near the French city of Colmar and also the Swiss and German borders. There is a German influence on the lifestyle and architecture here. We’re staying with Heidi and Paul Lehman, friends of the family.
Its so quiet and peacefull here. We’ve again found the close knit community feel of Senegal that we missed so much in Paris. We play with their kids and enjoy things that we’d forgotten about the past 3 monts, like the taste of fresh milk, brewed coffee, pancakes, eggs cooked without grease, etc.
Its also been an unique language experience. Paul and Heidi live in the same ‘compound’ as his parents, as they’ve held on to their traditional swiss-german. Therefore, the kids are learning Swiss-German, Engish, and French… we’re all jealous.
Tomorrow we head out for a Medieval Castle… the one time period in history that I’m sure I would not want to live in.