In Marseille I realized how big the world was and how small it was all in the same week. Visiting the Notre Dame de Le Garde way up on a rock above the city and visiting les Calanques and its huge powerful white cliffs and bright blue water were both experiences of how vast and huge our beautiful planet is. The basilica in the Notre Dame was incredibly intricate and covered in gold. Little wooden boats hang from the ceiling and the walls are covered in paintings of ships. The Calanques were magical and peaceful yet powerful and demanding. One of the most amazing places I've seen in my life. Getting the chance to hike through the woods and the mountains in a totally new part of the world brought me so much joy.
In the same day I was able to see a friend from Rome who happened to be visiting my friends in Marseille AND I was able to go to a show my friends from Kansas City were playing too. The world is so big yet we find these pockets of humans to make "tribes" with and they can spread throughout multiple countries and cultures and generations. Friendships can be made within a matter of days and can last a lifetime.