I've been in Paris, France for almost an entire week. It has been the most exhausting, exciting week. As soon as I arrived, my team began orientation immediately. I slept very little this week, but the jet lag wore off after a few days and I'm thriving here.
I adore the French couple that I am staying with. They have already taken me in and made me part of the family. I even have my own cloth napkin, something très French, I'm told. Every morning at 9 am, I enjoy a breakfast of bread, honey, and coffee with my host dad. They only speak in French to me, which means my brain is always very overwhelmed, but it will help me learn the language faster. I love their little apartment in the most international part of the city. I have my own room, with a gorgeous view of Parisian windows full of flower boxes. It takes about 35 minutes for me to get to school on the metro every morning and return every night. The first few times, I got very lost, but I know how to use the system and feel like a real Parisian using the metro now!
I love our little group here in Paris. It's so fun to explore together, learn the culture together and enjoy life here in Paris together. It's shocking how quickly you have to rely on people you may not know so well when you are all in the same new situation. At one of our group dinners we gave each person a superlative, so for example, "most likely to be taken", "most likely to be pick-pocketed", "most likely to become addicted to French bread" and more. I was voted "most likely to marry a Frenchman", something that has turned into one of the group jokes. Everyone is on the lookout for my French husband; it's quite amusing. Classes started for all of us this week and I already love the ones I have had. They are all so interesting and unique courses. Next week I will begin my internship, with my friend Stephen (above), at a local coffee shop/bike shop.
The food here is absolutely incredible. Everything is smaller, but more delicious. Cheese is better and cheaper. Coffee is different, but I love it so much. It's more like shots of espresso rather than large cups of coffee. The bread and pastries are to die for. I've already found the boulangerie in my neighborhood that I love and I frequent it often. Even the food at the school cafeteria is tasty! I will be well fed while I am here.
Here are some things that have surprised me/made me laugh:
With all that being said, I love it here. It's a beautiful city, full of life. And it's my home for the next three months! I feel so lucky and grateful to be here. If you want to see more photos, check out my galleries.