It’s over and done. My 2-month journey through France has come to an end. Working as an intern in a foreign company has definitely been one heck of an experience and I would do it all over again if I could. During the last week of work I spent most of my time finishing school assignments and wrappping up the project I’ve been working on during the internship. Though it was a great company and I liked my colleagues very much, I must admit that it is not for me.
I’m just not into office jobs because I don’t like to be stuck in a small environment, sit and work witu a computer all day long. I need to be more active and that was definitely something that I missed. However, I am very grateful for the experience because it has made me grow a lot. I have always been very independent and I knew I would not face many problems with living on my own, but to not only live on your own for the first time, but do it in a foreign country is not a thing I think many people could say. I have really enjoyed my time alone and away from everyone else and everything familiar. Being able to do whatever I wanted, when I wanted, how I wanted has been such a pleasure and I cannot wait until another opportunity comes along when I can be on myself again.
The last two weekends I have spend travelling, because well… why not? I visited my favorite city Lyon for the last time. Since the very first time I saw it, I have been obsessed with that gorgeous Cathedral on top of a hill, the ”Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière”. And whenever I would leave Lyon I would see it totally lit up by all of the lights and the view was always so extraordinary. So I decided to go up there by night and see what the view looks like from on top of the hill. Once again… I was in complete awe. Everytime I encounter such beautiful moments I am so thankful and praise God in my heart for this world.
The week after I visited (what might be the highlight of my trip) the lovely Annecy, which I like to refer to as ”the Venice of France”. Whenever people say that Paris is the city of love, I would tell them to think twice and consider the option of travelling to Annecy. Because although I love Paris and it is an amazing city, it comes nowhere close to being romantic as Annecy is. You really experience the French authencity and the lakes throughout the city gives a very fresh and calm feeling. It was definitely not touristic (like Paris is) and well, it is just ridiculously beautiful.
The first time I heard about Annecy was when my collegue told me about it and told me it was her absolute favorite city. So I figured I might as well discover it myself. After a 2 hour traintrip I finally arrived in Annecy. I walked towards the busstop and hopped on a bus because I figured I might come across a more interesting place this way than by walking. I noticed that in France most of the central parts are near the stop ”Hotel de Ville” which translates town hall. As town halls are mostly located in the center of the city. So once I arrived, I was surrounded by beautiful clear-watered lakes which took me completely by surprise as I hadn’t done much research about the city.
I strolled around for a bit to discover the city and see what Annecy is all about. I did some shopping and even got drawed by a man who sat on the street making art. (”Draw me like one of your French girls” much, huh? xD) The wheather was super nice and everyone seemed to be so happy which made the day even more perfect. I felt like I was on a holiday and enjoyed every second of it. I did not do so much sightseeing as I did in Lyon because I was just too busy relaxing and enjoying the moments.
If I’d have to evaluate my overall experience in France I’d say it was nowhere near my expectations and turned out to be a lot greater than I could have ever imagined. I am forever grateful that I was able to go on all of these trips and really see and discover France for what it is. Living in a small, authentic city really gave me the opportunity to look beyond all the stereotype characteristics of France and see it for what it really was. Visiting so many different places in such a short amount of time, and being able to do so all on my own has made me grow and realise that there is nothing more beautiful than travel. I will continue my life travelling this unique world that God created, and I will find my way and connect with my true identity by getting lost in new places and finding things I have never sought.