Day 56 – 2/28/2019 (Andrew)
Turns out you can have fun by yourself too! My roommate-less weekend started on Saturday with a day trip to the small village of Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert. To me, it felt like a classic village in the South of France with little cobblestone streets, a creek running through the middle, and little shops on every corner. When we arrived, we went on a tour of the village to learn more about to village and its history. The main attraction was the beautiful church built a thousand years ago that is still being used today. After our short tour, we were given a two-hour lunch break that was used to hike up to the top of the mountain that overlooks the city. It was 70 degrees so after a trip up and down the mountain some friends and I decided it’d be a good idea to jump in the river that ran through the valley. What was once a good idea became a bad one when we felt jumped into the frigid water and then had to air-dry because none of us brought towels. Oops! Exhausted from being in the sun all day, we hopped back on the bus to Montpellier and went to bed for about four hours. My Sunday started early with a 2:15 AM alarm to catch a bus that would take me to the Alps to ski for the day. I walked the two miles at 3 AM anticipating what my day would be like. Everything I thought was completely blown away what I arrived at Alpe d’Huez. The mountains were absolutely incredible. Prettier than any mountain range I’ve seen. I rented my gear and hit the slopes alone for the day. It was so fun to be able to go wherever I wanted and just be alone. The day was even better because it was 45 and sunny so I was able to ditch my jacket and just ski in a sweatshirt! I made the most of my day on the mountain and hopped back on the bus barely able to keep my eyes open. My first weekend alone was a success! Cheers!