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scattered thoughts from a european adventure

Each day I fall more in love with this city, except on the bad days…

Hi Everyone!

Every day here is truly an adventure.  I had a fairly exhausting week because I got sick at the end of last weekend and I’m not recovering as quickly as I expected.  I experienced a little homesickness this week but I am really trying to value each precious day I have here.

Being a student here takes a lot of stamina. In a normal week I have approximately 30 hours of class, compared to the 20 hours a week I am used to at Hamline.  Sitting in 3 hour classes in French is becoming more natural and there is always a vending machine nearby where I can buy an espresso for 35 cents.  I’m becoming more confident in my French and I don’t have the same fear of talking with my French peers.  However, if a French person kindly says to me, “you can talk in English,” I’m very grateful.

This past weekend my friend Nicole who is studying nearby in Aix-en-Provence came to Nice for a weekend trip so we got to eat lunch and share our “Americans immersed in the south of France” stories. I went to the old Chateau on a hill which has the most beautiful view of the city and the sea. I’ve included some pictures below.

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In this country it is extremely easy to make baguettes, nutella and apples the staples of one’s diet.  Therefore, one of my biggest accomplishments of the week was truly cooking a meal for myself…twice! Here is the photographic evidence of my the first meal I cooked:

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The next big thing: I’m going on a daytrip this Saturday with other international students to Marseille, France’s second largest city!  I’m excited to explore a new place and spend time with some great people. Please continue to send good thoughts and prayers my way! 

À bientôt,
Alia

 

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