Not “Au Revoir,” but “À Bientôt”

February 8, 2016

in Europe, Fall 2015, France, Ye Jin

I’ve been reluctant to write the last post for my study abroad experience. Perhaps deep down inside, I still don’t want to acknowledge the fact that I left France already. Nevertheless, I guess I need a closure of this irreplaceable memory.

A number of great photos were taken throughout my journey in Europe, and I had a hard time deciding which one is my favorite. But this photo of me at sunset on Mountain Sainte Victoire best represents myself. It was cold and windy, but the view was breathtaking. At that moment, I never felt so alive and every part of me infused with the nature. Students from all over the world taught me how to respect other people’s cultures ad appreciate the diversity. I was once scared, confused, frustrated and exasperated in this country because of language barriers and culture shocks, but I also laughed, travelled and made a group of amazing friends whom I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. I’ve seen Mediterranean shifting its colors on different days in Marseille, I’ve tasted pigs’ ears in Lyon, I’ve slept in a castle in Carcassonne…

Lots of people have asked me how I felt about leaving France, I said I’m handling it like a champion.

People always ask if it’s worth it to go abroad, my response is cliché but it’s my sincerest suggestion: don’t hesitate, go and experience it yourself. You’ll never regret it.

Me at sunset, Mountain Sainte Victoire. Taken November 29, 2015.

Me at sunset, Mountain Sainte Victoire. Taken November 29, 2015.

Ferries wheel, Marseille. Taken December 6, 2015.

Ferries wheel, Marseille. Taken December 6, 2015.

Eiffel Tower, Paris. Taken December 19, 2015.

Eiffel Tower, Paris. Taken December 19, 2015.

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