Life

Collognes Sous Salève.  If you can see the red circle at the top of the Salève, we hiked through that hole in the wall.

Collognes Sous Salève. If you can see the red circle at the top of the Salève, we hiked through that hole in the wall.

Beau Site, our apartment is on the top floor all the way left, and no the balcony is not ours.

Beau Site, our apartment is on the top floor all the way left, and no the balcony is not ours.

Things have pretty much settled into a routine here. So this post is just about life here at Collognes. Pretty simple really, get up, worship, shower, dress, go to breakfast. Breakfast is usually bread and juice and cold cereal. Bekki eats flakes, I have granola with chocolate chips. Yea that’s right, the granola here has chocolate chips. You have got to love a country that puts chocolate chips in it’s health food. In fact at the store Friday I noticed that over half the boxed cereals have chocolate in them. Then off to class for the morning. After lunch we study until 5, and then go for a walk and practice French with the seminary student (more about him in a later post). Supper at 6:30 and then back to the apartment for an evening of–you guessed it–study. When we get tired we watch videos, in French of course, like “The World of Kingsley” and “Peter Rabbit”. Then to bed about 10 or 11.
Bekki getting ready to enjoy  our Sunday supper of bread, cheese, rice and cauliflower.

Bekki getting ready to enjoy our Sunday supper of bread, cheese, rice and cauliflower.

Most of the group that went to Annecy.  As you can see the girls outnumber the guys by about 4:1.  A really fun group of young people.

Most of the group that went to Annecy. As you can see the girls outnumber the guys by about 4:1. A really fun group of young people.

Pretty exciting, huh. Bet some of you thought we were over here, just having a good old time. Well actually we are enjoying it, mostly. And school is better when you know the tests and quizzes really don’t count for much more than pride points, and so you don’t look totally stupid to the professors.
Bekki in Annecy

Bekki in Annecy

One of the many bridges over the canal.

One of the many bridges over the canal.

Don't worry she did not eat it all.  It was good ice cream, three flavors one cone.

Don’t worry she did not eat it all. It was good ice cream, three flavors one cone.

We are really enjoying Friday evening. There is vespers with a rousing song service and then we Skype with Lindsay and/or Jon. I have to tell you that Sabbath is our barometer of how we are progressing. This last Friday night I actually completely understood what I was singing. That was really cool, and meaningful. I love the words to their praise songs. A few are familiar, but most are new. Then on Sabbath morning at church it is like a digital picture that gets more pixels each week. We recognize more words and more phrases so the picture gets a little clearer. One of these weeks hopefully we will actually get something concrete out of church other than the singing. However, in the Sabbath School class the teacher asked a question that I understood and I knew the answer, in French! I was too chicken to say it, but when someone else did it confirmed that I was right. WooHoo!!
Tuesday night in the cafeteria, a special meal celebrating the cuisine of Haute Savoie.

Tuesday night in the cafeteria, a special meal celebrating the cuisine of Haute Savoie.

Which means melted cheese on baked potatoes.  I cannot begin to tell you how good it was.  And then...

Which means melted cheese on baked potatoes. I cannot begin to tell you how good it was. And then…

Saturday night and Sunday we study. But on Sunday we eat in the apartment, so I added a picture of Bekki at our table in our dining room/hallway. You will be happy to know that we go for a walk Sunday afternoons as well.

Last Monday we went to Annecy on a field trip. I added a few pictures of the old city, which is beautiful, even on a cloudy day. Some of you may wonder why all the pictures have Bekki in them, and none of me. Well today there is one with me in it. Go ahead and find it. Kind of like Where’s Waldo.

Oh, yea.  Dessert.  I love this country.  Chocolate in the granola, cheese in literally over 300 forms, and pastries everywhere you look.  Vive la France!

Oh, yea. Dessert. I love this country. Chocolate in the granola, cheese in literally over 300 forms, and pastries everywhere you look. Vive la France!

For those of you new to our blog, read about us and our upcoming mission to Africa in the “About Us” page, then there is a “Timeline” page that tells you where we will be this year, and finally a “Definitions” page that explains some terms that may be unfamiliar to some of you. Also check out the links to other Mission Hospitals to find other missionary blogs.

– Scott Gardner

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Bekki and I in  front of our water fall, just below the girls dorm.  We walk by it several times a day to and from school.

Bekki and I in front of our water fall, just below the girls dorm. We walk by it several times a day to and from school.

WE HAVE INTERNET, IN OUR APARTMENT!!! Yes I know it is not polite to scream on e-mails or posts, but I feel like screaming with joy! After 3 weeks of going up to the girls dorm or the library to use really slow irregular internet, we now have real broadband. We even skyped with Lindsay and Archie and Dee today. We tried to Skype with Jonathan but he didn’t answer. He may have gone to bed early so he could get up during the night and watch the Seahawks play. The joys of being 10 hours ahead of the West Coast. And now I am in bed in my jammies writing a blog post.

Bekki's Desk

Bekki’s Desk

A week ago, my wife was giving me all sorts of grief. “You are studying too much”, she said. And then she complained about all the sighing coming from my desk. Well, what goes around comes around. So Tuesday she moved up a level to A-2 (there is A-1, beginner; A-2 intermediate; and B-1 advanced). So now she is in A-2. Tonight guess who got to go for a walk with his French teacher and her husband and dog. Yep, me. Guess who got to stay home and study and sigh. Yep, Bekki. All day today and all last week, nothing but sighs from her desk, and comments about how much homework she has, and she doesn’t have time for this or that. It’s great.
Scott's Desk

Scott’s Desk

Tomorrow we have a field trip to Annecy, which I believe is the capitol of the local region (read State). It is supposed to be really picturesque so hopefully I can get some pictures and post another blog later this week. On the internet from our room!!! Yea, life is good.

For those of you new to our blog, read about us and our upcoming mission to Africa in the “About Us” page, then there is a “Timeline” page that tells you where we will be this year, and finally a “Definitions” page that explains some terms that may be unfamiliar to some of you. Also check out the links to other Mission Hospitals to find other missionary blogs.

– Scott Gardner