I have been France for a long time, but I never went to south. Finally, I come here for enjoying the sunshine and to practice my French.
We climbed up the mountain by motor (besides the helmet, we have to wear gloves also!!) and saw this amazing view. It was so calm and peaceful without any tourists.
The first stop, Nice. Nice is nice. Nice is Nice. This is last year that Nice had an atteck from terrorists and lots of people died on 14 July. I asked my host that is it for healing people? He didn’t answer and just shaked his head. It seems that he didn’t want to talk more about it.
He loves to smell the leafs and flowers and he also knows many plants. He even found a chocolate tree and share the chocolate with me. A super natural person (? He cooks so well that I can’t help but keep eating.
We chatted a lot! In France, twenty something will leave home and live alone. I was so surprised that how can they survive on their own without any support because they have to rent the house, eat, and buy daily necessities, etc. He responded that it’s true for them so u have to think how to survive. I stared at the view and thought what will we become if we have the same culture.
In Taiwan, someone call us (twenty something) peaches because it will rot few days after. That means we perform badly under pressure. I want to be like him who is clever and has highly stress resistant. ( That’s why he got a car, motor and apartment, and even a huge savings. ) And then, he said, " ‘Take it easy. I know many young people want to earn money quickly. All I have now is to accumulate. Step by Step. There is no short cut. U r so young and life is so long." I nodded my head and asked how did he make money. (He didn’t have a stable job.) He said, “Follow your heart, and of course u need some experience and wisdom.
想想，五十歲，單身（意者電洽？），有著生活中的智慧，還有各種不同的經歷，過著比平均法國人還要好的生活，好像，也不為過。因為一開始的自己，也都只看見了當下，卻忘了，累積的力量，就像Now u see me的電影裡說的：The closer you look, the less you see.
Because of the communication, I started to think. Fifty-year-old man, single who has different experience and wisdom, live in a better life in France. It cannot be better too much. In the beginning, I only saw the present but forget that is all for accumulating. Like the movie , it said, the closer u look, the less u see.
After four days, I just laid down beside the beach for a while. Then, went to Avignon.
I found another host who is 75 years old and speak only french in Avignon. At first, I was afraid of French communication ONLY!! but I’m here for practice my French…. So it’s done. There are lots of bus to Sorgue but only in Summer. My host said he wants to show me around. It’s really beauty as u can see the pictures below.
We stayed here for maybe one hour or less. In the beginning, I wanted to sketch beside the river but he walked so fast that I only can catch up him. It seems like he just want me to take A LOOK at it. The time I stayed there was less than I stared at these roses. I did my best to communicate with him, even our pronunciation are the same, he still couldn’t understand. However, I thought that maybe he was afraid of foreigners because even he could truly understand, he couldn’t. So I left.
I was here for the bridge! I got up a bus but I forgot to bring cash to pay. It’s a French boy help me to. Then, the old women kept asking me how can I go back if I don’t have cash. I will find ATM there.
When I arrived there, I was so regretted that I didn’t come here earlier. It was a beautiful Friday. It just like a paradise. U can picnic, swim, and have some sun tan here. Oh, and I really couldn’t find any ATM there even I asked the information office. After that, there was other boy who was playing along the river gave me two euro.
吃完餅乾，踏踏水，準備走去公車站搭最後一班公車，途中遇到小黑貓，餵她吃點瑪德蓮，還怕太大塊，幫她剝，整個很貼心。走著走著，我就看見公車在距離我八十公尺處開走了，我看了一下手錶，嗯～那是倒數第二班的公車，還有五分鐘下一班，來得及，而且我有錢啦。後來在公車站牌等了差不多十分鐘，公車沒再來過。我看了一下時刻表，發現那班18:55的最後班次上方，寫著S+D，心想：完．蛋．了！S+D 是 Samedi 和 Dimanche (星期六和星期天) 的意思啊！！！！八七如我，即使獲得了意外之財兩歐，我還是沒來得及趕上公車。人外有人，天外有天啊~（亂用什麼成語
Finishing my dinner and ready to go to the bus stop. On my way back to bus stop, I saw a black kitty and fed it Madeleine and even made little pieces to let it eat. 80m away, I saw the bus passed by and I watched my watch for a second. Okay, there was one more bus five minutes later, I got my time. After ten minutes, there was no bus. I checked the latest bus (18:55) and on top of that it said S+D. What the hell!!! S+D means Saturday and Sunday. Even I got the money to be able to take a bus, I still missed it.
It’s time to hitchhiking. All the cars were stopped by young people. I was lucky to be pick up to the next village but still had one village to cross. A young dad picked me up, and he said when he was young, he did something like that, so that’s the reason why he stopped. I laughed. He used to travel a lot but he had to raise his family now. We chatted in French and I felt awesome because I really use it but not just study it. It’s one of the motivation to keep studying, for making new friends.
I enjoyed the journey like this. It’s very close to the local, besides the tourism, I can make friends with them and even learn from them. It’s better to travel around than just study the knowledge on the textbooks. This travel is for relaxing, I don’t have a specific destination. I stay whatever I want to stay, I leave if I want to leave. It seems that I’m lonely, but I feel free. (…But I still wish there is someone who is my accompany can help me to take a photo.)
Let’s go BARCELONA!