On Saturday evening 45 of us boarded the coach for the long journey to Marseille, and after several stops and broken hours of sleep at 4:35am we crossed the channel from Folkestone by Eurotunnel. We then traveled from Calais to Marseille, which was a long and warm journey with some unexpected detour due to low bridges stopping us from getting straight into Marseille. Eventually 2 and a half hours later than expected, one bridge we definitely shouldn't have gone over and a very tight driveway into the hostel we turned up all in one piece and all very ready to stretch our legs and head to the beach for sunset.
On Monday in typical British student fashion, most of us headed to the nearest Lidl for food before a picnic on the beach. There we attempted volleyball/ball games in the sea, attempted being the main word there. With the weather bright and sunny all day there were a few slightly more pink faces over dinner in the evening than the night before, and overall Monday was a much needed rest day on the beach after finishing exams and before our tour around the ITER facility on Tuesday. The evening saw a few of us up in the ''terrifying'' ferris wheel at sunset and most of the group eating on the beach front at an Italian restaurant.
The weather still wasn't good enough to return to the beach for the final evening, so we instead gathered in the hostel for final night drinks and a few games. It proved to be a much later night than expected for a few meaning the 10am checkout the next day was a struggle. But everyone made it and then spent the rest of the day around Marseille, catching some final rays on the beach and getting in a large lunch before the 20 hour coach ride home.
Mostly the coach ride was uneventful and involved many hours sleeping and groggily making toilet stops along the way. We were on course to arrive early home and we almost made it all the way back to Sheffield with the group all in one piece and then at the final services the headcount failed us and we left Dave in Newport Pagnell. After several phone calls, a taxi arriving and leaving without Dave, and a Facebook plea to 'fund the Physoc Troops' Dave decided to get a train home and eventually got into Sheffield only an hour after the predicted arrival time Thursday mid-afternoon. Sorry Dave!
As always Physoc Love xox