Such NICE Weather

In the past two months I’ve traveled to quite a few places around Europe. Most recently, I went to France with my friends. We started our trip in Marseille and ended it in Nice. Luckily, we had beautiful weather in both places. Bad weather can really put a damper on a person’s vacation or trip.

When we first arrived in Marseille, it was a slight mess. We got the wrong bus tickets to head into the main center, and the workers kept providing us with the wrong information. We eventually got onto the proper bus and headed to the center towards our AirBnB on what was about a twenty minute bus ride. What I noticed on the bus was there were four languages: French, Spanish, English, and Arabic. I did not realize how diverse Marseille was and how much of an Arabic population there was. It was a cool surprise to see that.

Marseille is primarily famous for it being the third largest city in France and having the largest port, le vieux port. Its also known for its beach but of course it was too cold to sunbathe and swim. We did visit the beach and enjoy some of the vitamin D while it lasted, but we continued with our sightseeing when the sun had gone down. We went to the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde, which is one of the many outstanding architectural pieces Marseille is famous for and it was absolutely breathtaking. The view from the top overlooked the entire city and had an amazing view of the water. The wind up there was the craziest thing I’ve ever experienced. I was fighting to walk forward and several times the wind blew my phone right out of my hand. I would post some of the amazing views and architecture I got to see, but I lost my phone so I don’t have any of the images.

When we got to Nice, I immediately fell in love. The place was so beautiful filled with so many different people. It was full of energy and everyone I encountered was extremely kind. I was prepared to meet more stand-off people as that is what I had been warned the French were like- but from my case that was not my experience.

On our second day there, we had the most mazing weather. It was about 70 degrees Fahrenheit and pure sun, almost no clouds in the sky. My friends and I rented a boat and we drove it on the Mediterranean Sea all day. It was the most amazing experience. Looking  back from the water at the town and the mountains made me realize how big and beautiful this world is. It was breathtaking to look at. I do have one picture from my travels that I sent to a friend of mine.

We had beautiful weather the entire time, and the sun was beating down strong. The couple we rented the boat from had advised us that though the water was cold, locals do often swim in it. That was all I needed to hear- I was going in. Sure enough about 2 and a half hours into our boat ride, we anchored and I jumped in the freezing cold water. At first I was so cold I wanted to get right back out, but once I adjusted to the temperature and kept my shoulders under, the water felt great. I swam for about a half hour getting closer to the rocks and the mountains with it getting more beautiful each second. When I looked down, I could see everything below me so clear. That’s something I don’t get to experience on the beaches of New York and New Jersey. Luckily, my friends snapped a shot of me swimming.

Our trip sadly came to an end the following day, but its sure to be one I’ll never forget. I cannot wait to go back to Nice when I can spend more time there with my friends and family and explore all the beaches and the wonderful architecture and foods the city has to offer.


Spreading the Wanderlust Word

Social media is a powerful communicative tool, with different platforms in many different areas. For instance, Snapchat is used for quick photo sharing, twitter- for quick thoughts and updates, Instagram- for permanent photo sharing, and Facebook- for all of those things put together. There are a plethora of social media platforms that can be used for all different reasons.


These platforms are especially useful for people who have a desire to travel to different places. Snapchat is extremely helpful because in their Discover section, they have several different types of articles. Amongst those articles users are often able to find commentary that pertains to travel and activity in those places like hiking, beaches, shopping, food, and several other things that pertain to those cultures. When sending friends and family snaps or posting things to a “snap story”, people have the ability to use geotags which show the location of the picture or the 10 second video.

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Instagram is another tool that is utilized for photo and short video sharing. As opposed to Snapchat, Instagram is more permanent. Posts are there forever, unless the post or account is deleted. This platform has cool editing feature that can enhance photos, and allows people to post videos up to 60 seconds long. From a traveler’s perspective, Instagram is a great tool because they can tag the location of their content and create captions. It’s very interactive with followers because people can comment on your content and you can reply to them with a like or comment. This helps people who are interested in going places because of Instagram’s easy search tab. Travelers can look up hashtags of places, locations, foods, etc. They can type in specifically what they are looking for and they are bound to find something relative to their search. For instance, if someone is interested in Morocco, they can hashtag Morocco and see the different things that come up.


Youtube is another great platform that allows people to share much longer video content. On this site, people can create videos that document their entire vacation. Videos can have layers of music and pictures turned into a collage. It could also be a video montage of all the different activities the person did on their travels.

Twitter and Facebook are other useful platforms that are excellent for video and picture sharing, but are also good for information sharing. For travelers, this is beneficial because they can get similar photo experiences like they do from other social media platforms and information in addition to it. For example, a person can follow a touring company’s Facebook or Twitter to see updates about promotions, new excursions, and  any other information the company were to post. It makes it easier for people to see this information because the user doesn’t have to go through search engines or other third parties to find information. These two platforms also have direct messaging which a lot of companies utilize. It is a lot quicker than emailing a company and having to wait for a response, as most companies will have employees responding to direct messages pretty quickly throughout the day.

All of these platforms give travelers a preview of their next destination. This previewed content makes their travel easier, so that they can pick the places that they want to go to and plan it out. Not only do all these social media platforms benefit people looking to travel, but it benefits the expert travelers who want to share their experiences and work with the world. For some, social media can turn into a career where users get paid for the professional content they post. These people are often called “influencers”.

Social media has made communication and sharing significantly easier. In a way, all these platforms are digital journals. They tell stories. Here in Barcelona, I am embarking on my own travel endeavors. I decided to create an Instagram account dedicated to my travels where I will post as often as I want. As a traveler, I find this platform useful for my own entertainment and in a sharing sense. Creating a new Instagram account allowed me to keep it open to the public, and provide a place for my family and friends to see my journeys.


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