In September of 2019, I took a trip to Nice, France. It was my first time in France and my first time in the Mediterranean Sea. I was overwhelmed by how beautiful the scenery was, and how at peace I felt in that atmosphere. Everything there seemed to move slower, which was a welcomed change from fast paced Philadelphia. One morning we got up early, and headed down to the beach. The morning sun was warm on my face, and the water was a bit chilly. I was slightly intimidated by the strong waves crashing into the sand. Despite this, I was determined to take a swim. The water felt so refreshing as I began to swim out, gaining confidence and swimming out further. As I began to float on my back, staring at the beautiful hills in the distance, I realized I felt so free. I was extremely calm and at peace, and so present in that moment, not wanting it to end. I bring up that memory often, when I need to find some warmth, peace and calm. It is certainly a happy place for me that I plan to visit over and over again.