After a long day of travel the day before I was well rested for the next day. The only thing I knew I would be doing is finding my school to do my testing, so I was excited to see what else the day brought for me.
My plan was to wake up earlier in the morning to get everything started but my body had other plans. My body decided it wanted to sleep in instead. Once I was all ready I was off to find my school. The hotel was kind enough to show me where the bus stop was and what number to take. Since I am familiar with the bus systems back home, it was easy for me to figure it out here. Luckily, Aix is relatively small so once you know where things are it is hard to get lost (for the most part). After I spent enough time finding my school and discovering many things along the way I was able to check-in. Lucky for me I wasn't the only person arriving late to do testing. I was able to meet another girl, Grace, who was also in the same program as me. After finishing all the necessary tests and paper work, Grace and I decided to explore more of the city together. Exploring Aix brought back many memories I had from my wonderful trip 10 years ago with MFIS.
At this point I still had no idea what I was doing about housing. Although I was a little worried, I knew I would figure something out. When speaking with Hilal, another student in the program, he mentioned that the people he is staying with had another room available. So luckily I was able to meet up with Hilal and he introduced me to his host, Daniella. She is very sweet she immediately afford to show me her place to see if that was something that would work for me. Her home is right outside the city, so it is very quiet which is nice. Once I was there I was able to meet her husband, Jean, who was very excited that I spoke French since Hilal did not. Everything was working out great. She was gracious enough to pick me up from my hotel the next morning and take my luggage back for me while she dropped me and Hilal off to explore and maybe do some shopping.
I am very excited to have the chance to return to France and work on my studies. I already feel like home here, I love it. I can't wait to start my classes and see what this journey brings for me.