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!
Well here I am, sitting in Caledonia Coffee House, sipping on a smoothie, my final exam behind me. ¡Cómo vuela el tiempo! IES Abroad is hosting La Gala de Despedida tonight and then we are all heading to the plaza to celebrate La Nocheviaje Universitaria.
Finals season is hectic, mentally draining and usually blurs together into a haze of sleepless days and nights spent in the library. I’m sure all university students can agree that right now isn’t an ideal time of the semester. BUT, imagine all that while simultaneously trying to soak up the last precious moments of your study abroad experience.
One of the best things about being in global city in Europe is the ability to travel! This term I was lucky enough to do two trips to 4 different cities: Porto-Portugal, Barcelona-Spain, Dublin-Ireland, and Edinburgh-Scotland. Each were so much fun in their own way!