My Last Night in Southern France
Trip Start Sep 09, 2010
36Trip End Dec 24, 2010
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We drove to Lyly's apartment and Lea dropped off her car there. Anais was there and she drove us to Lea's parents house. Before we left we made sure I had everything that belonged to me out of Lea's car because I probably wouldn't be seeing it again.
We hung out at Lea's for a while. When I showered and got dressed I was thankful that I had packed extra socks and underwear. But I wondered how much longer I would be able to get away with wearing the same outfits (3 different pants and about 4 top combinations) everyday just mixing and matching the different pieces
As we got ready to go out I asked myself yet again how they could do this every night. I am not a night owl and I was getting exhausted staying out so late every night. But this was my last night and I was really excited to get to see everyone again before I left!
I decided to try calling home again and this time I got through. I called my Dad's house and talked to Pam and Andrew. Pam gave me the number for my Dad's office because I only had his work cell phone and wanted to call a land line. (PS I don't know very many people's landlines, everyone has cell phones which made it tricky to call very many people.) I called his work but he was out on his lunch break so I had to call back later. I knew Pam would talk to him first and when I told him so he said she told him to act surprised. I told him he had made no such effort! It was nice to call home. I was glad Lea's mom told me I could do that!
Before we went out Lea told us her step-dad had made some snacks and we should hang out for a little bit longer
I had my camera with me and took some video with Lea's family. Actually I took a few videos while I was in France. I wanted to capture what it was like to be surrounded by French because I can never quite remember those experiences once I'm surrounded by English again. I was thinking the other day of how surreal this whole experience is going to feel once I'm removed from it. I want to grab as many reminders as I can so it won't feel so distant when I go home.
After hanging out with Lea's family we headed into Aix
We went back to the no-toilet bar which, aside from its bathroom issues, was a pretty cool place. I took more videos with everybody. I really liked Laure and we kept complaining that we hadn't gotten to meet until my last night. Then she insisted that I push my flight back again and stay a couple more days. When everyone was kiss-kissing goodbye, she said she refused to tell me goodbye because she was determined to see me the next day after I pushed my flight back. I just laughed and said goodbye to her anyways, promising I would come back and visit France again!
We went back to Amina's apartment
I was so sad. I knew I'd be back but I'm horrible with goodbyes. When we were at the bar I told Lea that I still had the note she wrote me when she left to go back to France. It was just a quick "I <3 you" that she wrote on a business card and stuck under my windshield (I was at work when she came in to say goodbye), but I carried it around in my wallet. Of course I cleaned out my wallet and now it's in a box back home but I do still have it. When I told her that she told me how difficult it was to leave and come home. I just knew how bad I am with goodbyes and I knew the next day was going to be hard.