So, obviously I haven’t been keeping up with this blog and for that, I’m sorry. But it’s now the final countdown. I have just about 15 hours before I leave Aix-en-Provence.
This semester has been absolutely life-changing. I know that I’m going to say that exact phrase so many times that it’s going to start to sound hollow, even to myself, but if you could feel what I’m feeling right now you would know the depth of its truth. I am not the same person that I was when I left the States - I don’t know how anyone could be. I’ve experienced so much, seen so much and felt so many new things. I’ve gained an entire new culture and even a new family while here.
These past few days have been filled with goodbyes, Hannah and I finishing our Aix ‘Bucket Lists’ and revisiting our old favorites for the last time. Yesterday we had our last (real French) nutella crepes and today was our last Pizza Capri - which is what we had as our first lunch here in Aix. Tonight, after our last dinner with Caroline, we’re finally going in the Rotonde fountain… even though it’s been hailing all day here and will be probably be like, 50 degrees. There’s no way that we can leave Aix without doing it.
Then, tomorrow morning I’ll be taking a taxi from our apartment to the Gare Routiere, where I’m catching a bus to Marseille. My train at Marseille is leaving at 6:10 and getting me to Paris around 9-ish. I’ll be grabbing a shuttle (an EXPENSIVE shuttle) from the Gare de Lyon to the Charles de Gaulle airport. My flight’s are a little bit weird - I’m going from Paris to Iceland, then Iceland to Boston, where I’ll be meeting my mom. I’m arriving in Boston at 6:30 pm EST, and then we’re making the six hour drive home… so I won’t be getting back into my bed until around 6 am my time. It’s going to be a long day.