(I got back from the States last Saturday. This post is late of a week, but hey, life gets in the way sometimes.)
This trip to the States was the best trip ever.
Can I even begin to describe how depressed I felt the first few days back in Lyon? Seeing my grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles after such a long time was wonderful. Every single one of our 15 days was fun.
When I'm in the States I have this strong sense of belonging.
People often ask me, "Where are you from? Which place feels like home to you?"
I don't always know how to answer. I say, "Well, definitely not Kenya, where I was born. I love visiting the States and Argentina, but I've never lived in either of those countries. I've lived in France for almost my whole life. So the logical answer would be that Lyon feels like home, because it is my home."
The thing is, I don't feel French.
In this latest trip to the States, I started identifying what the excited rush I experience every time I step off that plane in the US really is.
It's the sense of home.
Anyway. Here are some of the pics I took. :)
Fall was just beautiful in my grandparents's neighborhood!
After four nights at my grandparent's house, we went to Frederick to visit my Aunt Stephie, my Uncle David and my little cousin Layla for a few days.
This is a vegan sandwich I ate at The Orchard, a restaurant downtown. It had tofu, hummus, and veggies... it was FAB. If, by chance, you ever end up in Frederick, eat at The Orchard.
The park in Frederick was definitely in the Halloween spirit.
A few days later, we left Frederick and drove to Kensington where my Aunt Lesley, my cousins Alex and Stephie (not my Aunt Stephie), and my Uncle Charlie live. Stephie, a great baker, made these really cute cupcakes. She is so creative! I just had to take a picture. Or three. ;)
One night we went out for Ethiopian food.
After Kensington we returned to my grandparent's house. Since they live so close to DC, we had several outings.
We went to the Holocaust Museum,
followed by a cupcake stop. Yes, many cupcakes were involved in this trip.
These last two pics were taken on the 31st, before I went Trick-or-Treating with my cousins.
This is the pumpkin I carved with my grandpa's help. Isn't he cute?
I hope you all have a nice week end!