Rocky Beaches Beats Rocky Buses
Trip Start Aug 16, 2010
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So against some of the objections of a few of the girls in our group we decided to walk to the beach from there rather than pay for the bus. The walk was only about 15 mins so it was really not that bad. It’s surprising how opposed to walking some Americans can be. It really makes me wonder about how much of a sedentary society we have become. Anyways, so we got to the beach, and they have their own statue of David in the middle of a round –about. Who needs Italy right? Guess I can check that off my list. We then went and had our picnic on the beach and laid out in the sun for a while and listened to French music on my i-pod speakers and later the girls put on some fun 80s and 90s classics. The food was great, especially after the goat cheese had warmed up a bit in the sun. I fell asleep on my stomach for a little bit and burned my back just a little. Oh well, haha. Anyways we moved to a different beach after a while because the water was clearer and went swimming. The only problem with this beach was that this one was on a beach of smooth river rocks instead of sand. This was incredibly uncomfortable to walk on, although surprisingly comfortable to lie on. But I found some really cool looking rocks and brought them home with me. So after swimming for a little while, (and I do mean a little while, the water was pretty cold and there was a decent breeze) and lying out on the beach to dry we took a bus to the Vieux Port where we had dinner along the port and watched a beautiful sunset. Dinner was great but the dessert was definitely sub par.
It was so late by the time we got back to town that we only had to time to eat and then head back to town before the last bus was going to leave for Aix
So we got back took the metro back to the main station in Marseille. While waiting for the bus to Aix to leave we met these two guys who were going to Grad School in Aix. One of them was from North Carolina. After talking to him for a few minutes it quickly became very obvious that he we fairly intoxicated. We loaded the bus a couple minutes before it was about to leave, they went back inside to see if any of the vending machines sold beer. Unfortunately, when they got on the bus they sat next to us. The really drunk one kept trying to engage us in conversation. Our initial excitement in finding another person who spoke English had long since passed and we were all trying to find reasons to avoid talking to them. Candice pretended to sleep and Angelica and I put on our i-pods. Unfortunately this left poor Michelle as their main target. I didn’t actually listen to anything on my i-pod. I was listening to them in order to keep an eye on the situation and make sure the girls were OK. The main drunk guy from NC was trying his hardest to keep the girls attention and through his persistence was able to get their names; the girls surrendered them extremely reluctantly
Today I went to Mass again at the cathedral but on my way back there was a big fair of many organizations and clubs around Aix. I picked up a couple fliers from a couple different theatre groups. Hopefully I can find a good group to work with so I can practice my French and practice acting from the perspective of another culture.