Summer fun under the (scorching) sun
We’re on the last legs of the summer months. A good time to give you an update on the summer fun list.
I did pretty good so far, and I have a few more weeks so I should be able to check a couple more items.
Have frog legs along the Saône River. It was checked almost immediately with a lady’s lunch with my friend Sandrine. It was delicious and lovely to hang out under the trees on a Saturday afternoon after a 40-minutes bike ride.
Visit a sea resort and have a flower-shaped gelato. The best gelato is your first gelato. Mine was eons ago when Au Parfums d’Italie opened in Sainte Maxime, my then hometown. I never had such a gelato since (except maybe that one time near the Vatican), and I go there at least once every summer. My kind of pilgrimage. Inside flavor : Amarena, ouside flavor : Bacio. Check.
Spend two weeks abroad. I told more of that trip in my previous article. Big adventure : check !
Listen to live music outdoors. I knew I had tickets to see Marcus Miller in Nuits de Fourvière, but, as it turns out, I checked that item more than once. I also saw Kepa, near the Chateau de la Roche, amazing outdoor concert facing the Loire river. And I ended up in an outdoor country music show rendition of the 1960ies at the Historiales de Pressin. Check. Check. Check.
Visit a beer garden. I really thought this would happen in Portland given our track record of the previous years. But it didn’t. Turns out, we’re getting old and almost no one is my close friends is drinking as much as they used to. So we had ice-cream instead. Not checked.
Have a BBQ dinner. Another item that I thought would happen for sure and it did not. Truth is, when it’s 90+ degrees outside, no one wants to be standing in front of a BBQ. I totally respect that, even though I’d be a little disappointed if I spent an entire summer without barbecue. Not checked.
Do a day-long bike ride. We drove to Chateau de la Roche with our bikes in the car. We biked 45 minutes to a restaurant on the other side of the river and 45 minutes back. Again, the weather has not been auspicious for long bike rides. After 1h30, we were completely dehydrated and burnt (even though we picked one of the coolest day of the summer for our adventure). So, it’s nothing close to a day-long ride, but I’ll still take it as a check.
Go fruit picking. I have been too busy doing other things. And it has been too hot to even consider turning on the stove. Fruit is going bad in the blink of an eye and I have not been good at cooking my food when I actually planned some time for it. So it’s a recipe for disaster and waste of perfectly good supplies. This item might have to move to the Fall Fun List.
Write a Learning Bucket List. I have not started on that but it’s on my to-do for my personal retreat later this month.
Do a retreat. The whole Boots & Cats team gathered in July in Lupé, in the southern Loire region. It was hot as hell and we spent most of our time indoors with the AC on, but we had great conversations and we agreed to build an even more sociocratic model of governance for the business ; which made me really happy.
So far, it’s been a good summer. And I’m already starting to plot all the fun I’m going to have in the fall.
In other (breaking) news, I will be giving a workshop on time management for nomads at the 7in7 conference in Montreal, in September. I’m super excited !!! More about that to come soon.
Written by Audrey Julienne
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