Written on 13 Jan 2016.

The eagerly-awaited Winter Break commenced after a challenging week of Data Analysis. While many fellow MBA participants scattered abroad, my family stayed in Nice for Christmas.

We took advantage of the celebrations in the town’s Place Massena, which included oysters in the half-shell, roasted chestnuts, churros, and a few carnival rides for my son. We also savored strolling along Avenue Jean Medecin to enjoy its visual feast of lights: illuminated flags, the warm glow of street lights, storefronts awash with spotlights, and iridescent blue LED’s strung across the avenue. 

The day after Christmas, we flew north to stay with friends in the countryside of southern Sweden. The rural topography consisted of rolling hills with a patchwork of fields in varying degrees of greenness, punctuated with dark-colored farm buildings clustered into tight courtyard configurations. Each day, our hosts took us for brief day trips: to Ales Stenor, to Malmo, to Ystad, and to Simrishamn. The remainder of each day was spent sipping coffee, eating an array of delectable baked goods, and enjoying stimulating conversation in three languages: English, Swedish, and French.

After ringing in the New Year back in Nice, I took the train to Paris for two EDHEC Recruitment Events. When not participating in recruitment events, I made it my mission to walk a large portion of Paris. I thoroughly enjoyed meandering the narrow cobbled streets of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, soaking in its convivial night life. I also made it a point to observe both a sunrise and a sunset from the perch of Sacre-Coeur. I left Paris enamored with the dearth and diversity of its wonderful spaces. However, I was also eager to return to my family. 

Rejuvenated from new adventures, I am ready to tackle a new semester of learning opportunities.