Classes have begun!
Monday I woke up early and had a sunrise workout with my friend Rachael, ate a quick breakfast, showered, and went to Travel Photography. After that I ate lunch, took a quick nap, worked on some homework, went to Printmaking, then dinner, and a movie night with Lizzie McGuire and the girls :)
It was a busy day, so I didn’t end up shooting anything, however, I had a little bit more free time today (Tuesday), so despite my alarm not going off and missing breakfast, today was a successful day as well.
Tuesdays are market days here in Lacoste, so I walked down to the “town square” (aka the parking lot outside the post office) and found something to eat for breakfast…
Naturally, I decided I needed to try some authentic French macaroons, so I struggled my way through speaking french to the vendor, bought four macaroons (lavender, coffee, chocolate, and creme brûlée - so delicious), took them up to a terrace near the top of the village and ate them while doing some work for class. It wasn’t exactly the morning I had planned, but it was absolutely lovely nonetheless.
Eventually it was lunch time, so I wandered down to the cafe, ate lunch and then found my way to le Masion Forte for “Treasures of Provence” (an art history elective). A three hour long lecture about the South of France is not my idea of the most exciting class, but luckily most of the classes are replaced with trips to villages/towns near by, where out only assignments are to journal and sketch about the things we learn… It could definitely be much worse.
Wrapped up today with Spencer and Rachael, doing a workout in the tiny SCAD Lacoste “fitness center”, taking a nice walk down to Maison Basse to dip our feet in the pool, picking (and eating) some fresh grapes off the vine, and walk back up the hill for dinner.
I’ve barely been here five days, but it feels like so much longer because there is always something to be doing or seeing. My eyes never stop taking in all of the beauty and excitement here, and I get excited falling asleep to wake up the next day and explore more of what there is to offer here. I can’t wait to learn and grow as an artist and find my way through the next seven and a half weeks here… I almost never want it to end.
The second full day here in France started again with a fairly early morning, wandering around the village, taking pictures, journaling, and admiring the beauty of the morning on one of the many balconies.
After brunch, a group of girls were headed to Bonnieux (the village on the hill opposite Lacoste) and invited me to come alone with them. The hike over there took several twists and turns and didn’t seem as easy as the “straight shot path across” that we had heard, but we enjoyed trying the local produce in all of the fields we walked through (figs, grapes, etc.) and didn’t mind the long trek across the valley despite our blistered feet and tired legs.
Because it was Sunday, and the tourist season was dying down, Bonnieux wasn’t exactly hoppin’ so we just hiked all the way up to the church at the top of the hill, and had cappuccinos and galettes before heading back to Lacoste for a meet-and-greet-make-your-own-crepes party. Today ended with a workout in the garden, a hike to the semi-off-limits quarry, dinner, and some reading before the first day of classes tomorrow…
After arriving in Lacoste yesterday afternoon, seeing the most jaw dropping views as drove into the town and walking up the hill into the village, and exploring all of the streets and buildings, it’s safe to say I’m basically in heaven.
Everything here is gorgeous and historic and old but so beautiful and well restored and full of life. The light is so lovely everywhere you look, and the color of everything is so wonderful.
Somehow this morning my body decided to wake up at 6:00am - so I decided to take a little hike up to the top of the hill, sit on the chateau wall and watch the sunrise… I watched as the sky turned vibrant pinks, purples and blues, until the sun finally rose and passed behind a cloud to form the overcast light that followed…
I took some more shots while headed back down to my house, had some breakfast and then headed down to the bus to Apt (to go the the market)
There were so many different vendors selling different kinds of food/produce, clothes, soaps, flowers/plants, and just about everything else in between… Apt is such a cute little town :)
After leaving Apt, we headed to Pont Julien (a 2000 year old bridge) for a picnic and some exploring before heading back to Lacoste for orientation tours, a quick workout, and dinner.
The first full day here has been so wonderful, I can’t wait to see what new adventures the next few hold and what my classes will be like… As I sit here, trying to hold my eyelids open, I just hope that I will be able to make it back up the steep stone stairs to my bed before I pass out…
Au revoir et bon nuit!
So today (yesterday?) I began my journey to Lacoste, France to study abroad for the next two months.
After waking up at 6:00am, taking a flight from Chicago to Atlanta, a two hour layover, a nine hour flight from Atlanta to Frankfurt, an hour layover, and another hour and a half flight from Frankfurt to Marseille, I am now sitting in the Marseille airport with a bunch of other SCAD students, waiting for the bus that will leave in three hours to take us to our final destination (Lacoste).
My (new !!) camera has been packed away safely in my bag for the duration of my travels so I haven’t taken any pictures, but I can’t wait to go out and explore this new place with my new gear :)
So today is just the beginning of eight weeks of new experiences…!
Hopefully I’ll be able to keep things updated here but no promises - I’m not about to be tethered to my computer unless I’m doing work
Bonjour & Bienvenue !
haaaaaha… so it’s been a while.
Between packing up my entire apartment by myself, finals, visiting my girlfriend, then my grandparents, and driving back to chicago… the past two weeks have been a little hectic. But today I got to go out and take pictures that reminded me that my style has (basically) not changed at all in four years…….. awesome.
So I’m back in Geneva, IL for another week and a half before I head to Lacoste, France, and it’s a little lonely here. While everyone is back in school, I find that there isn’t much to do here in this awkward limbo… I’m still no where near ready to leave for France (heck it still doesn’t really even feel real), but being home doesn’t really feel like home anymore…
This time is making me realize how things are never really going to be the same again. My sister is on to her big girl job and I will only ever really see her when she can get vacation time or when I can go to visit her… This is more heartbreaking then when she left for college. Because then, I knew we would spend breaks together, we would have the entire summer to share a bathroom and argue over who stole whose clothes… But not anymore. I’m going into my junior year of college, next summer I will (hopefully) have an internship and I won’t return home and most likely won’t see any of my friends… And then it will be senior year. (panic)
Time is passing very quickly and I haven’t decided how I feel about it yet.