As my first month abroad in Cannes is almost at an end, I wanted to reflect on my time here already. It does not seem real that a quarter of my semester here is already complete. It feels like just yesterday I said goodbye to my mom at the airport and made my way through security.
Throughout this first month, I have met amazing people from all around the world, began traveling to different places, and exploring my new home of Cannes. I have already visited a small, neighboring town called Vence, only about 45 minutes away from Cannes, as well as went hiking in Theole-Sur-Mer, also close to Cannes with amazing views. Then, my friends and I stayed over in Nice for the flower festival, which was an amazing experience. This past weekend, I traveled to Brussels with two of my friends in the program – where I completely fell in love with the city. As well as this, I have weekend plans to visit England, Paris, Geneva, Rome, Copenhagen, Ireland, Provence… the list is endless! I cannot begin to describe how excited I am for the rest of my time here, but also cannot believe how quickly the time is passing by.
My program and I have also visited Le Musée de la Castre. Le Musée de la Castre is only a 10-minute walk from campus (and a 109-step climb), where it not only offers the rich history of the museum, but also stunning views of the entirety of Cannes. We also had the chance to eat at a local restaurant where I tried an aioli dish – a dish that is very popular in the Mediterranean region. It was amazing!
I have found my favorite local boulangerie in town and near my homestay. I have eaten more baguettes, cheese, paninis, and pastries than I ever thought my body could consume. I have learned a lot about myself and my surroundings. I have fallen in love with my homestay village, Cannes la Bocca, located about 20 minutes outside of downtown Cannes. Everything just seems to be falling into place, making me wish the time would slow down.
Overall, I cannot wait for my next three months here in Cannes. With many weekend trips, day trips, and other things planned, as well as enjoying the wonderful weather in Cannes, I can only imagine the time will fly by – although I hope not too quickly. Until next time, au revoir!
This post was contributed by Grace Lipscomb, who is spending her spring semester studying abroad with AIFS in Cannes, France.