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Instagram: A Month in Marseille

In 2011, my junior year in High School, some cousins of mine(missionaries in France) found themselves in Oklahoma for a year through a series of unfortunate events involving their mother (my aunt). While they were staying at my Grandparent’s house, just a street over, we spent alot of time together outside of school. Despite our many differences, we grew closer every day. As their last days in Oklahoma drew closer, my heart filled with sorrow to know Cheryl and Andrea would soon again be an ocean away… Until one day, my mom got a call. They were not moving back to Marseille. The insufficient healthcare in France along with the long travel time would only make matters worse for my Aunt Marcie. It was a moment that saddened me for my cousins, though I couldn’t help but be full of excitement. Not only was I excited that they were officially moving back to the States, but I had just been invited to join my uncle and my 2 cousins in Marseille for a month to help them move out! I was so surprised.. I didn’t know how to respond to the news that I was invited. I had been out of the States many times with my parents, but never without them for more than a week. Though I felt unprepared, I said yes and grew more anxious every day to embark on this adventure.
Living in Marseille for nearly a month was such an incredible experience. One thing I regret is not taking enough pictures, as you can clearly see below. Of course, Instagram wasn’t as popular in 2011/2012 as it is today. Although, I believe that putting my phone away for most of the trip made my experience more real and memorable. Every morning, all the girls in the house rose to do school, and if it was a lucky day, we got to walk down the street to the neighborhood bakery for some pastries and groceries. Every afternoon, once we were done with our school, we would take the car into the city. Marseille… Here I was in the city I’d only seen in movies and read about the Germans invading during World War 2. It was beautiful in every way… from the people to the busyness of the street markets-to the historic buildings that you see nowhere else but France-to the smell of the Mediterranean that blew in with the cold January wind. They took me to all the most beautiful places….to ruins..to WWII bunkers next to the sea..to churches and cathedrals..the best restaurants and local cafes..and even to the grocery store, which made me realize how far away from America I really was. Ringing in 2012 in a country home in the south of France is a dream I still can’t believe I lived. One day, we visited Provonce. It was spectacular. The roads, the buildings, shops, fountains and flowers made me feel like I was in a fairytale. I was informed that January is the month of shopping, since sales are the lowest you’ll see all year. The markets bustle just as much as Christmas with shoppers. It was so exciting. And so was the taste of my first crepe with nutella and strawberries I ate that day. To tell of all that we did in France that month would honestly take a book….But to sum it up..Marseille was a dream, and I’m forever grateful to the Andrew, Cheryl and Andrea for going out of their way to make sure I experienced Marseille like a true local. Despite my many home-sick moments, they helped me get past the culture shock. I don’t remember a single bad moment; only how wonderful it was, and it wouldn’t have been as wonderful without the people I experienced it with. I may never go back. But, I can honestly say I’m completely satisfied to leave Marseille and remember it as vividly as I do. However, I must at least see France again… Until Next time. (Summer 2016)

here I goooooo!!!

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#Marseille

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The Statue of David in Marseille!

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beautiful tulips!❤

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Marseille, France

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felt like I was in #gladiator

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January flight from Paris🗼☁✈

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01.02.2012