When nine strangers from two continents are placed in a small-ish town in the south of France, it could go really well or it could go really badly. You're about to see all of the evidence to the former. We were, indeed, the lucky ones.
Not only were we lucky in that we were in good company as assistants, but we also accumulated QUITE the group as we went along! A group of nine became a group of [I don't even know how many] through the addition of roommates, workout friends (clearly via someone else beside me as I do not work out), and about 100 Spanish kinés (physical therapists), among others.
We were a diverse group of (mainly) intruders to our little town (we did have a few native French friends in the mix, too, but they were definitely the minority). We came from different origins and brought with us different languages, cultures, and histories, but we shared a destination for that short year. In all honesty, most of my life has been spent with people whose backgrounds are quite similar to mine. To have spent a year figuring things out, making our way, and just doing life in a brand new place with so many people of such varied perspectives is something I value so much, and it's something that I wish everyone could be fortunate enough to do.
(DISCLAIMER: This is the largest amount of photos I've put in any post. It's long. But it's not wordy. Just see the love, y'all. Or, if you're not into a million photos, sit this one out.)
You can tell by my shininess here that we finally made it to, of course, Bota for one last Bota Bop!*
...and that's all she Bota bopped.*
the last Sunday: last time at the Maison Orange
pizza, some crazy card game with magical characters, a little dance party (I specfically remember us dancing/singing to Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris"), and too many goodbyes
(Texas t-shirt and no makeup, in the name of consistency, you know.)
Because I don't like ending things on goodbye, here: Have this fun video that Anais took of us at the Wallabeer on that last night together. I love watching this video of everyone and remembering what this life was like.
I love these beautiful people. Like I said at the top: See the love, y'all!
ps: Happy Katy is ridiculous, and also oblivious to the video... Sorry.