As I look back on the last week, it's been more of an international experience than usual.
I spent a day baking with, Prethi, a friend from India. While we baked a cake, Prethi taught me a couple of Indian dishes. You'll see them popping up on my food blog. I'm feeling brave, I may tackle some on my own now. I am fascinated by Prethi's explanations of family life and society's expectations in her homeland.
The next day, was coffee with Yana, an Israeli woman of Russian descent. She is closer in age to our daughters, but we have the best chats. It's fun to compare our nations and our observations of our host country. You can't spend time in Poznan without noticing the Polish girls who look like they just stepped off a high fashion runway; we've both wondered where they find men who are willing to wait that long for them to get ready.
Over the weekend, I spent an afternoon with our Polish neighbors, Ewa and Norbert, seeing their young daughter's smile, ear to ear, as she enjoys her new sled, learned two new Polish words, and indulging in some yummy chili infused chocolate over fruit.
Today, I'm winging my way back to the USA - love the Lufthansa wifi! I'm going to lay the groundwork to open a bakery when we return to the states. All I can say, stateside friends and family, is that the pressure is on to be fascinatingly entertaining.