I had many expectations before my arrival in Nice, France. A lot of people thought I was crazy because I was willingly living in France following a string of terrorist attacks in Europe, especially France, and specifically Nice. Studying abroad is a once in a life time opportunity and I knew I couldn't give that up. I had no idea what living in France during a declared State of Emergency would be like.
I flew from Boston to Munich to Nice. After landing in Munich, I was a little shocked to see soldiers walking around with large weapons in full camouflage. I figured a large airport, such as the Munich airport, was always on high demand and surely walking beside armed soldiers wouldn’t be a daily occurrence.
The soldiers definitely did not fit in Nice. The palm trees, blue ski, and sun made Nice resemble a post card and it really surprised me to see armed men dressed completely ready for battle walking between typical tourists and beach goers. Looking back, I am thankful for these soldiers. I can’t say if they would have stopped the terrorist on the Promenade Des Anglais or not, but if another sick man would return to Nice, I feel a sense of safety with their presence.
The remainder of this video shows different scenes of Nice and shows that rain or shine its a beautiful city to live in. I’m sad to think that I’m leaving this wonderful place soon, but I know I will be back!
My name is Lee Foden and I am a journalism student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Born in Maine, I love the ocean and am looking forward to spending my time by the Mediterranean next semester! I am taking a break from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and headed to the rocky beaches of Nice, France. Follow my blog to stay up to date with all of my European adventures!
I never thought I was “good at languages.” I took Spanish classes for four years and liked it, but never felt confident speaking. My parents stopped attempting to teach me Hebrew when I was little because I was stubborn.
Mari Mari means "hello" in Mapuzungun, and Mapuzungun, the Mapuche language, means "the language of the earth." Che means "people," and kaflu is "blue." Mapuches, meaning "the people of the earth," said if we learn Spanish while we are in Argentina, we need to learn Mapuzungun while in Bariloche.
Here I am, terrified, 3 days away from my travel to an entirely new world (or so it seems to little old me). For most of my life, I’ve been rather stagnant – born in Houston, TX, moved a whopping two hours away to Austin, and remained there for college as well.