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In 2012, I was in Toulouse, France during a series of terrorist attacks. Over the course of a week, a man rode around the city on his motor bike and shot people, targeting soldiers, Jewish people, and children. 7 people were killed and 5 were seriously injured. The terrorist was finally shot and killed after a 30-hour siege with police. I remember buying a sandwich in my neighborhood bakery when the radio announced that the stand-off had finally ended and the suspect had been apprehended. Everyone in the shop cheered and you could feel the collective sense of relief between locals and visitors alike.
Before the shootings, my friends and I had a blast living in Toulouse. School was easy, homework was non-existent, and we treated the semester like an extended vacation. It wasn’t until the terrorist experience that I realized how irresponsible I was. I was completely ignorant to the city in which I was living.