Salut from NYC. The customs officer at JFK put a permanent smile on my face when he said, "Welcome back". It took me a moment to realize that he's welcoming me back to my home country. It's so good to be back. But, as I walk around this crazy city, I do miss the calmness of Annecy. First shock for me? Everyone (okay, most people) here speaks English! Whenever I hear it, I'll look to see who it is, as if there are very few of us here who speak English and I'm a part of that small group. Duh. As soon as I landed, I walked over to a drugstore to stock up on some of my favorite drugstore items. New Hello Kitty Band-aids!? Yes, I'm a dork. Last night, my sister and I dined at a local vegetarian restaurant. Veggie burgers and soy milkshakes. Think I could ever find that in France?