In case you are not aware, today is the Fête Nationale of France. Normally, the day would be spent partying with friends and family, but here are the Petit Ane Bleu, the dominant political stance is incredibly left, and patriotism is not too highly valued. Thus, we are still working and even have clients visiting tonight.
Though we have no plans for today, however, we did take advantage of the firework display last night in the local city called Les Vans. Sitting on the hillside of a veritable mountain, we revelled in the unobstructed view of the town’s firework show and watched explosives of all colors and sizes light the night sky. In a literal sense, I would say that the show itself was just okay compared to some of the more flamboyant displays we have in the US; what was truly astounding, however, was the sense of being a nineteen year old American celebrating the holiday with solely French companions. Yes, the experience does not really relate to agriculture, but it says a lot about the joys of travelling and trying to experience the local culture in a different way than traditional tourism. Learning the language, studying the culture, reading the local paper, and living with a family all go a long way to helping one see the true lifestyle of a another country.
In brief, all is well here at the Petit Ane Bleu, and I will let you know more about what is going on later in the week.