Hey there, everybody! My name is Sean and this is my first entry. Now, I've been here about a month already, but everything has been so overwhelming that I haven't gotten much of a chance to breathe! Since things have calmed down, I've been able to focus a lot more on documenting my experience. So, I guess I'll start from the beginning!
My longest flight was to Amsterdam, and luckily I had run into Kate, another Frenchie, who was on the same flight. We took on our first foreign airport together and desperately searched for Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, we had to split up for our final flights. Let me just say, though, my last flight was the most beautiful and incredible flight I've ever had to take. Firstly, there were so few people on the plane that I got an entire row to myself. Secondly, THE VIEW. I added a photo of it, so be sure to check it out. All of this is rather irrelevant to my exchange, but it sure put me in a great mood for getting off the plane.
As soon as I grabbed my luggage, I was hastily greeted by the Rotary district chair and co-chair, and also by a Canadian exchange student (who is super sweet!). This was honestly the scariest part of my 52 hour day. Can you imagine, finally getting off the plane, ready to stretch out and take a nap, when you're suddenly launched into this crazy foreign world where important people want to speak with you about all the substantial things you don't know how to say? It's like trying to speak with sand in your mouth. I managed to scrape out a couple, "saluts," and maybe, "I'm a little tired." I finally met my first and likely only host family, and I just knew they were going to be the best.
I live in paradise. I'm surprised I'm not just on vacation right now. I could drive to Monaco in maybe fifteen minutes (BUT DON'T DRIVE BECAUSE THAT'S BAD). I can walk to the beach ten if I wanted to, and if I look behind me, I can see the Alps. THE ALPS. Did I forget to mention that Italy is visible from my walk to the bus stop from school? I'm flanked by beauty everywhere I go. And everything is so close together. I can walk to the bakery, get some bread, and go next door for a slice of pizza with my friends. Why haven't I ever seen this all before? It's like love at first sight, but with some small town in the French Riviera. How am I already 10% done with my exchange? Can I buy back some time, please?