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A month in France

What a time I have been having here in Aix, it's flown by so fast that I haven't hardly had a chance to update my blog. It's hard to sum up in words this experience and how amazing it's been. I've been busier with classes than expected, but I've still had time for weekend trips and hanging out with new friends. In the past five weeks I've been to several cities in France, including two big weekend trips to Paris and the alps, and some day trips to Marseille, Arles, and Gorges du Verdon. Along the way I've made some pretty great friends to say the least and done things I never thought I'd get the chance to do. I've been constantly pushing myself outside of my comfort zone, trying new foods, being more adventurous, and not caring so much about what others think.

Pretty buildings in Arles

Photography festival in Arles

Ferris Wheel in Marseille

I've definitely settled into a routine here with going class, hanging with friends, and living with my host family. It all seems so normal to me now and I know it's going to be so hard to leave here. I don't know how I got so lucky between my amazing host family, the friends I've made, and the experiences I've had. Somehow everything just fell into place and I feel like it was all meant to happen.


Hanging by the ocean in Marseille

Photography exhibition in Arles

Although at times I still can't believe I've been living in France for over a month now, Aix has become so special to me in this short time. The people here, the streets, and the architecture, all amaze me everyday, and everyday I'm reminded of how lucky I am to be here. It was hard not to have expectations coming here, but they have been exceeded in every way possible. As much as I've thought about how my time would be abroad, I never could have imagined this. There have definitely still been many ups and downs along the way, but I wouldn't trade my time here for anything. Here's to hoping I continue to make the most of this last week in Aix.

Stairs to the train station in Marseille

The cafe Van Gogh painted in Arles

Coffee at cafe Van Gogh

buildings in Aix


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