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Revisiting My First Blog: Girl in Cannes

I recently rediscovered my first blog from almost three years ago, Girl in Cannes, and thought it would be fun to share it on Catch-all. I started Girl in Cannes as part of a scholarship project in conjunction with my college internship at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. It’s a lot to read, but be sure to check out some of the pictures I snapped in Italy after my internship concluded.

I took this photo today at my aunt and uncle’s house in Phoenix. How beautiful! I thought it would be nice to post a picture from Arizona before I depart for Europe. I’m truly going to miss Tucson (not the heat, but my family and friends), but I am OVERWHELMED with excitement. I’ll be particularly happy once I get off the plane, because I am not looking forward to the long flight!

I board in 10 minutes, so it’s time for me to say au revoir to America and bonjour to Europe!

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I’ve been extremely busy and have had very limited internet access, so unfortunately, this has taken awhile to get posted!

Being in Cannes has been the experience of a lifetime. Never before could I begin to grasp that a world like this really existed. It is amazing, crazy, terrifying, and invigorating! There is constantly something going on and everyone is always on the move. It can be extremely tiring! Anyways, here’s a brief re-cap of my week thus far. I’ve seen photo shoots…been 1 foot away from Ewan Mcgregor…drank champaign and watched fireworks from the beach…the list goes on and on. During the day I run errands for the producer I’m interning for and attend screenings if I have time, and at night I go on adventures! I think I’m going to be taking a break this particular night, however, because I could definitely use some extra sleep. Anyways, I’m going to take this all in because I have no idea if I’ll ever be back to see it again. I miss everyone from home and hope that I can return some day, with some of you with me!

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The past (almost) two weeks have been insane. There have been so many highs and lows that I can’t even begin to explain what I’ve experienced! My internship taught me a lot, but being in this city has taught me more. There is so much to “the business” that can’t be learned in school. I now know a bit more about the way things work and realize the reality of it all. There are a lot of talented people here, but there seem to be more that are just good talkers. Although I’ve gotten a taste of reality, the mysticism hasn’t been shattered entirely! This is still a magical and inspiring place, and I hope to be back again. Now that I’ve been to the festival, I know that I have to come back!

It’s almost over and I’m a little relieved (because I’m drained and sicker than I was when I got here…) but I’m going to miss this city and the people I’ve met A LOT. I’ve gotten to know some truly spectacular individuals, and I’m going to try my best to stay in contact with them. Still, I am looking forward to going to Italy and then coming back home!

There is no place like home, and being on the other side of the world basically on my own has shown me that!

All in all, life is very good and I am extremely lucky! I will update this blog before I leave Cannes, but I will continue posting about my travels in Europe.

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I am now in the beautiful city of Verona, Italy. It is stunning here and I will keep updating with photos as often as I can, but in the meantime I want to say a little more about Cannes!

My trip to France was life changing! It sounds cheesy and cliché, but it’s true. I discovered an entire world I barely knew existed! The excitement of Cannes is something that can never be understood until you are there. Anything is possible and amazing things happen everyday. I ended each night thinking, is this really happening? Am I really drinking champagne at a party on the Riviera while watching fireworks? Or am I really walking the red carpet for the premiere of a film starring Jessica Chastain?

I adored France and now that I’ve seen what I’ve seen, there’s no way I’m not returning. Attending the festival has made me even more driven. Of course, I was a little overwhelmed by the glam and the shallowness that came with the festival at times, but in general Cannes is a wonderful city and the festival attendees are truly wonderful people. For the most part everyone was kind, creative, and accepting.

What I am going to miss about France is the crepes, little dogs, LANGUAGE (because although I had a hard time communicating, it was BEAUTIFUL), the stylish people, the bocce ball courts and local markets, AND THE CROISSANTS. There is a lot more that I love about Cannes but for now that’s what’s coming to my mind.

I am so grateful for everyone who made this trip possible for me. You know who you are and your help will never be forgotten. I love everyone and miss the states but am so lucky to have 3 more weeks here in Italy. Tomorrow I am off to Venice and I’ll take lots of photos!

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Just across the street from where I’m staying there’s a cafe with the greatest cappuccinos in the world. And there’s gelato nearby too! I could eat gelato every day! And the amazing thing is just how cheap everything is. A cappuccino is 1.20 euro and a one scoop cone of gelato is 1.50 euro! Yes, some things here are more expensive…but the little things that count the most seem to be the cheapest 🙂

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Wow. The architecture in Venice kind of blows your mind.

The big thing in Venice is masks…and although I’m not a big fan of them (I think the decorative ones are pretty creepy), I can still appreciate the tradition!

Venice was beautiful, but it was also packed with tourists, which was a little too much for me to handle at times. I’m so happy to have seen the city and I have some great memories and pictures, but I don’t know if I’ll necessarily plan on returning.

What I think’s incredible about this country is the artistry and history in EVERYTHING that surrounds you. Right now I’m at the university library in Verona using the internet and there are giant murals on the walls and large wooden beams on the ceiling. It’s as if they decided that every building ever made was meant to be awe-inspiring. Everywhere I go I am inspired by the art and architecture. My only complaint is the humidity! There seems to be no air conditioning anywhere, and it gets pretty hot…

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This picture was taken at the top of a medieval castle in the town of Soave. Soave is a small town just outside of Verona that’s known for its wine. I tasted it and it’s spectacular! One of the most beautiful places I’ve seen since coming to Europe.

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Or, as it is called in Italy, Firenze.

WOW. I have never seen so much history in my entire life. This is a picture of the Duomo, the most awe-inspiring piece of architecture I have ever laid my eyes on. Absolutely AMAZING.

I really enjoyed Florence and have decided that it is one of those cities that I didn’t have enough time to see and must revisit. Stunning. Also filled with tourists…but that’s what comes with such magnificence I guess!

Anyways, I have a packed week! I am going to the seaside, hot springs, and Milan, then heading to Nice, France, before I depart. What an amazing time I’ve had here – I miss home though, so it will be nice to head back 🙂 I’ll hopefully update this again before I leave!

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My favorite of the cities I visited in Italy. It is one of the many places that I’ve decided I need to go back to and see more of!

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Here I am in the French Riviera, and I know no one in this entire city or country. I don’t have a phone to use. My home is on the other side of the world. I am almost as alone as I can get.

Surprisingly, I don’t feel uncomfortable or unhappy or lonely. It’s actually empowering! I’ve spent the past month in Europe, experiencing two cultures that are extremely different from each other and my own. I was given the chance to ultimately carve my own journey. I went where I wanted to go, and saw what I wanted to see. I had the internship experience of a lifetime! I enjoyed Europe with old friends and new. I was on my own some of the time, and I feel pretty badass about it.

Today on the train I was talking to an older Australian couple who had been traveling around France and Italy for 2 weeks. They told me I was very brave for traveling alone. I didn’t think much of it before – but now that I think about it, I do feel brave. And I like that feeling.

Tomorrow I return home. I couldn’t be happier. I’m not looking forward to the flight, but I can just imagine my relief when I land and see my boyfriend at the baggage claim. A familiar face in a familiar place. Even the scorching heat will be a reminder that I am home and safe and sound. I admire students who study abroad – if what I did was difficult, I can’t imagine what they go through. But the pay off is worth it. Traveling teaches you things that you can’t learn any other way. Your eyes are literally forced open to reveal the rest of the world that maybe you thought you knew, but you definitely didn’t. I loved my experience, but I’m ready to go home.

It’s my first night entirely alone, and my last night on this continent. I think it’s the best way to leave. No familiar friends hugging me goodbye or waiving farewell. I’m leaving on my own and coming back to my loved ones. I can’t wait to see their faces and hear their voices again!

This trip has made me a new person in many ways. A person that I like a lot, and a person who craves new experiences more and more. Of course, I’m already thinking about where my next adventure may take me!

 

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