Okay, so I’ve been here for 3 days now and I already feel like this is my home. While it hasn’t totally sunk in that I’ll be here for the next month and a half, it’s still refreshing to feel like I come home at the end of each day when I snuggle up in my bed at St. John’s.
But I’m getting way ahead of myself here! The last 3 days have been insane and incredible, but I’ve also been wildly busy.
For the sake of time, here’s an abbreviated version of what’s happened:
Thursday (5.13): I got the OK to go to Paris around 11AM and immediately started rushing around getting everything together. Paid tuition, re-registered for classes, went to 10 different offices on campus, bought everything I needed, packed, went to the airport, said goodbye to my parents, and got on a plane…all in the span of less than 9 hours. It was insane and scary, but in a way, I like the fact that I didn’t have days’ worth of mental preparation. I’ve had to adjust to it all while I’m here, and in a strange way, I’ve enjoyed it. It all seemed so surreal, and I’ve loved watching myself come to this growing realization as the days go by.
Friday (5.14): I landed in Paris around 12 and got myself to St. John’s by 1:45. The rest of the group was leaving on a bus tour, so I unpacked, walked the streets, showered, bought lunch, and hung out until everyone came back. Afterward, Hilary, Madison and I went to the Louvre as it’s free for youths/students Friday nights. On our way back we decided to pick up wine and drink and walk around, and picked up Chelsea before we went back out. We all got hopelessly drunk…it was probably stupid, but also some of the most fun we’ve ever had. We bonded so much in the few hours we spent together.
Saturday (5.15): Woke up late and a huge group of us went to a patisserie to find breakfast and coffee to try and fight off our mutual hangovers. After some wandering around and lots of broken french, we first thought we’d go to the museums since we had originally thought they were all free, all day. After waiting in line at the D’Orsay, we found out that the free part didn’t start until 6:30. Chelsea and Blair decided to stay and pay anyway (ooh, rhyme!), and Madison, Hilary, Ryan and I went to the Luxembourg gardens instead. This was probably my favorite part of the trip so far…we climbed up into a giant tree, took pictures, wandered around for hours, talked, laughed, relaxed, and officially found our new hangout spot for the trip…only about a mile from our home! The weather both Saturday and today has been incredible, and laying in the sunshine was such a nice change. We stopped at Starbuck’s for a snack on the way back from Luxembourg, tried to go to Marie Curie’s grave but it was too expensive, came back here to recharge, went back out for pizza and italian food, and then they went to the museums while I came back here and crashed. I’m still fighting a little jetlag, and I figure I have six weeks here to see things 🙂
Today’s Sunday, and the plan is to go to a giant flea market that’s only open on certain days, and immerse ourselves in vintage clothes and jewelry and Parisians. I think we’re going to take things slowly, as classes start tomorrow and we’re all still a little tired. I feel great, though, and lots of sunshine and the fact that we’re in PARIS certainly adds a bit of spring to my step.
Whew. Now that we’re all caught up, I’ll be more frequent about posting and keeping everyone in the loop 🙂 I miss you all so very much, so email me! I love getting emails…they brighten up my day.
Je t’aime! Au revoir!