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Bonjour from Monica!

There are things we have to do, places we have to visit and people we have to meet; life is like a puzzle, which will keep on rearranging until it will take us to the right place at the right time. After all, timing is everything. All I have left to do now is to strongly believe that Aix-en-Provence is that place for me and that the month of July 2013 is quite the perfect time…

Firsts have always played a big part in my life. I have never been afraid of novelty; some might even say I have been a little too eager to try as many new things as possible. I am certain that this summer will be full of novelty.

I’m looking forward to chatting in French, for the first time, with a native speaker; to sharing an apartment with other students, the perfect way to learn a little bit about college life; and to exploring and discovering French culture.

I have always been absolutely fascinated by France. As a child, my favorite author was Alexandre Dumas, and the three (actually four) musketeers were my heroes with whom I lived and died, smiled and cried, and forever fell in love at the end. Later on, in middle school, I started to learn about the history of France, and while learning,

I felt as if I was living the old times along with Henri IV and Margot, Louis XIV and Madame Pompadour, Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine, and of course many other important historical figures. My favorite painters are the impressionists; am I not lucky that Provence is commonly known as the land of these magnificent artists?! Edith Piaf is one of my favorite singers, while Marion Cotillard and Eva Green are among my list of favorite actresses.

Knowing all these about me you can only imagine how eager I am to experience every sight and sound of France in general, and Provence in particular. I want not only to taste but to also live the food, the language, the history, the art, the fashion, and last but not least, the romance for which France has always been renowned around the world!

It’s a great honor for me to be an Abbey Road Programs Student Ambassador! I hope all those of you who will read my blog will enjoy it at least as much as I know I will enjoy my Provencal holiday.

À bientôt!