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  • I awoke to a small bit of turbulence and the calming German voice of the flight purser proclaiming our imminent arrival to Marseille. I lifted my head and looked out the window onto a perfectly laid out quiet landscape of small towns, roads, boats, and the city of Marseille. We made a gentle turn into our landing pattern and with no delay, we exited the Lufthansa 737 we rode from Frankfurt.

    It was close to 11pm when I stepped off the plane and headed through a silent airport to the baggage claim. As bags appeared and were snatched, one by one, I gazed into the map of a city that I knew nothing about. Once I grabbed my bag and strolled out the door, I found the bus to Aix and off we went.

    The bus was carrying 5 of us, all in different areas of the vehicle, evenly spread out. It was an experience that I had had before, an experience that I have longed for, an experience that truly allowed me to believe that I have left the familiar, left America.

    The best part of traveling to a new place is the ability to live in a world where you literally know nothing. From the most complicated things like where to get an umbrella or to make a copy of a key, to the most simple of things like asking how much something costs, the ability to experience being truly lost is incredible.

    I met up with Charley once the bus dropped me off in Aix, and we walked across the city and up the Cours Mirabeau towards our new home. To see the city under no light is a great way to be introduced because it doesn't spoil the true spirit of the place.

    As we entered our apartment, we opened a bottle of wine, crackers, and some cheese then proceeded to enjoyed the finer side of life, or at least a wonderful snack.

    The early morning quickly approached, along with bedtime.
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