My first week in Paris…

Posted on September 4, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

I’ve been so completely busy this week that there hasn’t even been anytime to write. Actually, there has been time to write, but it has been completely filled with talking to the boy whenever I could because he left for Kenya yesterday and we don’t know when/if I’ll be able to talk to him in the next 3 months.

So I guess I’ll start out with some pictures from my apartment. My host family lives in this gorgeous modern architectural wonder in the 13th. Neat little factoid: Parisians give their address as the nearest Metro station, so “je habite Bibliotechque Mitterand” or “I live at the station Bibliotechque Mitterand.”

Here’s my adorable bed:

Here’s the gorgeous view out my window:

And here’s our building from the street:

I’ve been adjusting well (I think) to life in Paris. Champagne and I take the Metro to class every day. I have only recently realized, however, just how horrible my French accent is. It’s really difficult because I understand almost everything, even my very very fast-talking French history teacher, but I have a really hard time expressing myself and remembering little things, like to call my host mom “vous” and not “tu.” (Don’t even get me started on the tutoyer/vousvoyer thing…it’s killing me. Anyways I’m probably taking on an extra 2-credit tutorial in phonetics this semester, because my accent pretty clearly gives me away as American.

Speaking of class, this week we’re at our college’s orientation program, but next week we start at orientation at Sciences Po. This is kind of sad, because I’m loving my 2 French history and political science classes, as well as my oral expression class (not anywhere near as dirty as it sounds), and even my phonetic class is pretty fun. However my two favorite profs are from Sciences Po and I’m hoping they’re indicative of the quality of teachers there.

Anyways, enough of the boring school stuff, on to the fun Parisian adventures:

Tuesday night, we had an exciting evening of going to the Eiffel Tower, which was super fun, except for our inability to find a friend who we were meeting there (she went to the wrong Metro station) and a super expensive post-Tower snack (18 Euro for a hot chocolate, a crepe and a not very good glass of bordeaux!).

Anyways it was a blast and I could write all about it or I could just post the sweet video blogging we did, and I’m tired and still have a reading to do, so you’re getting a video blog:

The rest of the night can be found here.

On a side note: so I know that people are reading this blog, cause I’m a creeper and read my blog stats, but I don’t know who. Would you drop me a comment occasionally (don’t use your name if you don’t want to), so I can see who’s out there? I like writing a lot better when I know people other than the boy are reading, cause he gets all this info anyways.

Thanks muchly in advance.

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