This is my first personal blog – here you can follow my summer adventure in Aix-en-Provence. I love to travel and meet new people and places and hopefully I’ll be doing a lot of that. I’ll write un peu de chaque (a little of everything). Hope you enjoy!

In less than 24 hours, I’ll be heading to the airport to embark on my adventure to France.  This is the first time that I will be in another country… alone… Words almost cannot describe how stoked I am for the experience.

I started to pack today. Packing always gets me frustrated- WHAT and HOW MUCH is a girl to pack!? I feel like I just packed and unpacked from my return home from being halfway done through my four years at college. But, I am beyond excited.  I’m already convinced that this experience will be that once-in-a-lifetime kind of deal. However, I’m also nervous! Will I remember how to say even just the basics in French? Will I meet nice people at Marchutz? Will I like my host family? There are so many things rushing through my head.  

I’ve been considering more about what I want to take away from this study abroad experience. Je ne voudrais pas perdre un occasion (I don’t want to miss any opportunities). I want to meet many new people from all different kinds of places.  I’ve always believed strongly in expanding through others.  Emerson wrote of the concept of a unicorn being a collection of ideas gathered from many different places.  We wouldn’t be able to imagine a unicorn without having seen the horn, wings, and body of another creature first.  I believe that we are only a collection of those that we’ve met, the stories they’ve told us, and the places we’ve explored.  It’s true, I’m a tad anxious, but I’ve promised myself that I won’t let that get in the way of taking full advantage of what will be the adventure of a lifetime.

Let the countdown commence!

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