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Day 109

Done with class and on Wednesday and Thursday I have finals!! So crazy to think that I will be in the States on Friday…I can’t even think about it.

Thursday was a fun night because we went to the Long Hop in the 5th to celebrate the end of classes for the semester. Although no one showed up from AUP, it was Lady’s Night and they played the best music. Like Britney Spears and Madonna kind of music, they weren’t messing around.

Friday was nice to catch up on some sleep (till at least noon) and then I met up with Maya and Michael and the Galeries de Lafayette (the biggest shopping mall in Paris) and it was crazy packed! We ended up sitting in a cafe there for almost 2 hours before finding a true Parisian cafe and ordering some really good hot chocolate. That night we decided to go see the Hobbit 2. Great movie, but jeez, way to drag out the ending.
 

Saturday I spent all day walking around most of inner Paris by myself, taking pictures and doing last minute Christmas shopping. I think it was a great way to spend the last weekend because when am I ever going to have the time again to walk around and look at how beautiful everything is here? I have some pictures that will now be special to me when I look back at them in many years to come. I know that I will probably never live in a place as fun and pretty as Paris, but I enjoyed my time here very much. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

That night we met up with a bunch of people at an Australian bar/club called Cafe Oz, so much fun! Although I never had the proper “parisian” clubbing experience where you dress up fancy and have VIP service and talk to elegant French people, this was by far just as great. I got to dance with my friends and meet some new people from AUP.

Yesterday was undoubtedly one of the best days I’ve had in Paris. Andrew and I went up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and it was such a beautiful day, like amazingly breathtaking. The views were incredible and the sun was shining with little clouds out. We picked the perfect time of the year and it wasn’t even that crowded. After the eiffel tower, Maya and I went ice skating at the Champs-Elysees Christmas Market which was so soo much fun! Ice skating at an ice rink is one thing, but outside on a beautiful street surrounded by beautiful buildings and Parisian people is a whole new experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end my last weekend in Paris.

The end is drawing closer, finals are only 2 days away, and my flight takes off in T-minus 82 hours from Paris. Pretty crazy to think about that by next weekend I will back at home, in sunny San Diego with my family. I have learned so much about myself and about the French while living with a Parisian family and studying in the heart of Paris. This trip has made me realize the value of friendship, communication/culture, and continues to remind me every day of how fast time goes. I marvel at how I was so new and confused about the subway system here, even a little daunted at first, and now I know my way around like I’ve been here for years. I’m so comfortable ordering food and shopping in French that it’s going to be weird going home to the States and using dollars instead of euros. It’s definitely going to be nice going back to a place where I’ve lived all my life, but it’s going to take a few days to get used to everything again. To drive, to look at the clock without thinking in military time, and to not eat a French baguette everyday will be quite a change. I’m excited to return to USF and reunite with friends and to make new ones, but I know I’m going to miss the ones that I made here in Paris and all the people who impacted my life and helped to make my experience here in France the best it could possibly be. Without them, I don’t know where I would be today. I feel that I have accomplished so much just in the last 4 months and I am amped to be going home with this feeling of success. 

This is my last post before leaving France because things are about to get hectic with finals and finishing packing and saying goodbye to the people who made my trip here so special. I am so excited to go home and see my family, and I’m sad to leave the family I have made here. They have made me feel so at home and I absolutely loved living in this lovely apartment in the 16th! I am incredibly lucky to have been taken in by the Valentin’s and I know I will keep in contact with them for years to come. 

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and happy travels! I hope that everyone can have the chance to visit France and see Paris and experience all the wonders that I have seen and experienced here. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and to continue to inspire me to write about my travels here. I hope to travel again one day soon and to continue to write. Bisous!!

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Day 104

Bonjour!

So thinking back to Sunday, I wasn’t very productive. I did, however, meet up with Maya and Jess to go to Breakfast in America which was GREAT since I ate pancakes andd an omelette. Definitely one of the best parts of the weekend.

On Monday I edited for most of the day my first short narrative, based off the television series, Modern Family. And yes, I will be posting it to YouTube next week FYI. For all of you who want to get a laugh, this video is for you.

Yesterday, Maya had some friends in town from SF so we entertained them by bringing them to the AUP Holiday Bash (ok, free food and hot wine, what’s not to like?) and then we decided to go out to Oberkampf in the 11th. Great idea on a Tuesday night during happy hour.

We stopped by a bar that served a special, called the Shrek, and it was literally a green alcoholic beverage! It tasted like a vegetable mojito. Now, I know that sounds gross, but it was actually really tasty. And maybe even had some nutritional value!

We had to make a stop at Chupitos while we were in the 11th arrondisment, so we went in and tried a few. We all made it back home before the metro closed and enjoyed the night.

I think what I learned most today about my experience here in Paris is how fleeting it all is. Since I actually don’t go to AUP, I want to live in the moment and try new things and go to different places and meet new people. I hope I keep up this excitement to explore and continue to be a social extrovert because it never gets old. It’s always fun.

Last class tomorrow and then it’s finals! May not have much time to post once it’s next week, but I’ll try :) 

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Day 100

I’ve been in France for 100 days! How crazy is that??

Yesterday was my last riding lesson. It has been such a fun and awesome time to train with the AUP Equestrian Team and to compete with them. Riding in lessons where they only speak French was challenging, but it was a great experience. I learned so much and got to ride some really great horses.

Today I spent almost the entire day (since I woke up at 12…) preparing and then filming for my final film narrative. It’s going to be along the lines of a Modern Family type sitcom. Tonight my friends and I are going to my house brother’s company event at a bar. It sounds like a really cool place!

Tomorrow I’m thinking about going about and seeing something I haven’t seen yet in Paris. With so little time left I feel like there are so many more things I need to do. I hope I have time to do everything. It all has gone by so quickly!

That’s all for now. 

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Day 98

So much to do, ahhh!

And yet, here I am, dawdling on the internet, looking up E! News, going on Facebook, and Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. So many ways to just get distracted and lose track of all time and priorities…

On the contrary, I’ve learned and caught myself up with the pop culture life Southern California always raves about. I’m excited to spend some time there when I get back to the States.

I had a French conversational exam today. Totally forgot how to say, “What’s your name?” in French. A+ for me.

I went shopping a few days ago to de-stress and relax before the end of classes next week. Not sure if that’s just an excuses to not do work and spend money on things I don’t necessarily need to have, but, hey, tevs. (That’s short for whatever).

I applied for an internship for one of the top most listened to public radio stations in America, and they got back to me! Cross your fingers I get an interview.

That’s all I got.

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