Because I don't have many friends here in France, I probably spend a disproportionate amount of time online on message boards and chatting in instant messengers. This weekend I realised that I seem to have 2 completely different lives. We spent the weekend away in the countryside with friends and family of Lucas, with no internet access. Actually that's not true, I did have dial-up access for part of the time, but amazingly I wasn't even tempted to go online.
Those three days totally disconnected from my virtual life were a well needed break. I spent time getting to know new friends, eating good food and drinking great wine, singing, even dancing a little, and as a secondary effect improving my French a bit more. We drove around the beautiful country side and communed with nature. I honestly gave little thought to e-mail, internet, scrapbooking or blogs. A real reminder that nothing can take the place of a well lived real life.
Of course I still had my new best friend, also known as my Fuji FinePix on hand to record it all. After all, I knew I had to come back and share it all with you, my virtual friends and family.