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.
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.
I did it. I had my first jumping show, and I fell off. Big whoop.
It was fun to say the least, and that’s all that matters. If there’s one thing I got from yesterday, it’s that team spirit and support make everything a million times better. I’ve always been a team player, but something like horseback riding when it comes down to human and horse, it’s something completely different. And it’s nice to be around a group of people who understand and get it. I had a fun time cheering on my teammates and being surrounded by the thing I love most. And I got to compete at one of the best stables in all of France!
Only 8 more days of school before finals week. I cannot believe it. I know I’ve been saying that, but believe me when I say this has been the fastest semester/four months in my whole life. It’s time to focus and study up, but still do things and have fun abroad. I wish I could make it to at least 1 more country, but I know I will have more time to travel in the future. And I can’t wait to come back to Paris again!
Counting down the days…Au revoir!
Finally got to see the Hunger Games last night! Although I bought the wrong time to see it than the rest of my friends, so I ended up in a different theater sitting next to no one I knew and having a large sized popcorn all to myself (it wasn’t so bad). Every Katniss and Hunger Games enthusiast should definitely go right now to see it.
Yesterday I had my last practice of Equestrian before the big show tomorrow. This is it. Everything I have been practicing and training for comes down to tomorrow. It’s been so much fun to be on a team with a bunch of really cool people who also share the same passion for riding and horses as I do. I just hope I can continue riding in the states. I forgot how much it meant to me!
Today I’ve started to apply to internships for next semester. I may be abroad right now, but it doesn’t hurt to be extra prepared and already have an internship or job lined up for the return to the States. It’s crazy I have so little time left here. I need to go out and do every last thing I can before leaving.
I think I’m meeting up with friends tonight for dinner and hanging out with them. For now, it’s time to catch up on Vampire Diaries :)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!! :D I hope this day is filled with wonderful food and you celebrate with family and friends. I’m sad I can’t be at home to celebrate but at least we have our own celebration and dinner at AUP.
I have finally published my first music video using Final Cut Pro, and have posted it on YouTube. My second article for the Planet is also live and running up online. Here are the links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbVPxWNZsGE and http://the7eme.aup.edu/how-well-are-you-aware/.
This week I pretty much just had friends over and watched a few movies while I finished working on the above projects. It’s about to get crazy though—with finals just around the corner, I have so many projects I need to start working on. And it sucks because I only have three weeks left in Paris!! I thought I would be able to make it to another country but turns out it’s not worth the cost for such a short amount of time. So note to future study abroad students: PLAN ahead. And be prepared.
This weekend I have my first jumping show! I’m competing in the 4-7 level, which is two levels below pro. It may sound impressive, but I’m up against a lot of equestrians who have been doing this for years. I’m excited but so nervous.
Have a great Thanksgiving and rest of the week!! A bientot!
This weekend was so fun!
On Friday I had my riding lesson (my show is next weekend!) and finally we had the chance to practice jumping. I’m so excited.
That night our friend from USF came to visit from Madrid and we went out for a few drinks. It was so great to see her and catch up.
Yesterday, I had the best lounge day ever. My friend and I literally watched YouTube videos and then we went and got Dominos for dinner. Then we played cards and watched a movie.
Today Maya, Jess, and I went to the Pompidou and saw a cool modern art exhibit there. After we walked around and got falafel and ended up at the Christmas market on the champs-élysées (again…)
It’s almost Thanksgiving! Although I’m sad I won’t be with my family, were still celebrating and having a dinner at AUP with other students. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family!
Have a great week!
Sorry to be so behind! I have not had any time lately to sit down and write a post. My apologies.
On Monday, I turned in my article for The Planet, sadly the last one that will be published in print. Next semester the newspaper will be entirely online.
That night, Michael and his host dad invited me over for a delicious dinner. I absolutely love home cooked French meals! I could never get bored with the cuisine here. It’s one of my favorites now. We enjoyed lots of good wine, and of course I brought the macarons for dessert. It was a great night with great company.
Tuesday I had the opportunity to work on my music video (my first official production using proper equipment) and I will be uploading it to YouTube next week so be sure to watch it! :) My channel is Mallory Murphy, pretty easy to remember.
Yesterday was pretty uneventful except for when Maya, Jess, and I went over to Josh’s with a few bottles of wine. If you have ever played the drinking game, “Let’s take a drink every time you hear this word…” do not play it to the song “Roxanne”. That’s all I’m sayin.
I went to the Louvre today! Finally. It’s only been three months and this week I just now start going to the Museums and do touristy things around Paris. I only have a little less than a month now and I’m starting to feel sentimental about my home away from home…
I can’t believe I only have 2 weeks after this one and then it’s finals week!! This has been the fastest semester in all my life. It’s crazy how fast time flies when you’re living in a different country, surrounded by new people, and constantly learning and changing your environment when traveling all the time. It has been an incredible experience for me.
I’ll put up pics from the Louvre. If you ever have the opportunity to come to Paris, I highly recommend visiting the Louvre and going to the Christmas Market on the Champs-Elysees!!
Tania is here!! I’m so happy we had the chance to hang out and see each other while we are both abroad. It was fun to catch up and to have her friends here from her Uni in London.
Yesterday we went to the Christmas market on the Champs-Elysees and it was so pretty! There were hundreds of little stands selling soup, hot chocolate, waffles, churros, and little trinkets. We are definitely going back there.
During the day it was freezing (it’s supposed to be in the 20s by the end of the month. OMG) and Maya and I met up to go to the Musee D’Orsai which was a pretty cool museum. We saw the Male Exhibition, which was pretty manly and then saw a lot of Vincent Van Gogh’s stuff. At the end of the exhibit, we went to the cafe at the end and looked out over the Seine and had the most delicious chocolate cake and tea ever.
At night after the Christmas Market we went and saw that movie by the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, which was alright. Nothing too special. I like most films though because I think they all have something to offer. Film is an art form after all.
Today I spent the day with Maya and Josh shooting for my video production class. I’m making a music video and so far I like my film but I’ll have to do a lot of editing. Wish me luck.
Well I better get back to work. Only a few more weeks and then it’s finals, crazy!!