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I’ve officially been in Paris for a week now!  AND I’M LOVING IT!

Let’s see, let’s see..time flies here it seems.  I’ve done a lot already and it’s only been a week.

First things first: I finally got my class schedule all set.  I technically have 4 classes.  I have my grammar class Mon-Fri from 2-4pm, which I’m loving so far.  There are about 16 of us in the class and the professor, Mme Dumery, is REALLY nice and a REALLY good prof.  Sometimes I can’t believe that I can understand what she’s saying.  I mean, all my classes at Temple are taught in French, but this is a French class IN France and taught by an actual French professor.  The students in my class come from all over the world.  At the end of my first class a few days ago, I actually asked the girl next to me a question in English about one of our homework assignments just to make sure I got the directions right in English.  After she stared at me for a few seconds and didn’t respond, I asked her in French if she spoke English and she didn’t.  And you know what?  It turns out that a lot of people in my class do not know English.  HOW COOL IS THAT?!  The language we share in common is FRENCH and I love every part of that.  I speak French every possible chance I get.  This grammar class is really going to help my speech and my writing.  I can just feel it.

Next week, my phonetics class starts.  It’s Mon-Fri every OTHER week from 430-540pm.  And then I’m taking 2 “conférences” which are my electives.  I chose to take “Littérature française du 20ème siècle” every Tuesday morning from 10-12 and “La politique en France” every Friday  morning from 10-12.  I am VERY excited for these classes to start.  I’m so happy to finally have my class schedule set 🙂  I can’t tell you how much I love taking the métro and RER to class every day.  I can’t believe what I see every day.  The line I take crosses over the Seine every day and it’s gorgeous.  When I finally exit the métro and RER above ground, I walk towards my school, which is practically NEXT to the Panthéon, where famous people like Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, and Émile Zola are all buried.  I literally pass that every day.  Not to mention the Panthéon overlooks the city of Paris and it’s so elevated that I get to see the beautiful Eiffel Tower as well.  I LOVE where my school is located.  I couldn’t ask for anything better.  Oh yeah, Notre Dame is right nearby as well 🙂

Panthéon

Panthéon

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devant Notre Dame 🙂

A few days ago when I was walking to class, there were all these cop cars and I’m guessing the French  S.W.A.T team, haha.  There were people EVERYWHERE and loud chanting.  Next thing I know I see an entire BLOCK of students with signs chanting and protesting up and down the side streets.  I asked these 2 guys what was going on and they told me in French that they were rallying/protesting because they were unhappy about student laws.  Anyway, it was quite a sight:

les manifestations

les manifestations

tous les policiers sont prêts

tous les policiers sont prêts

beaucoup d'étudiants

beaucoup d'étudiants

In other news, all my roommates (Beth, Krystal, Kassie), Matt and Alexa (who are also in GSE) and I went out to dinner last night at this place called Watt.  It was delicious and such a cute place.  It’s located in the “quartier Latin” in Paris, right where the main Sorbonne campus is.  So far, it’s my favorite district in Paris.  Last Sunday night, Matt, Krystal, and I went to the Bastille district and saw Les Noces Rebelles (Revolutionary Road).  It was in English with French subtitles.  I have to say… it was really good.  It really makes you think and question your life.  It was funny though since they kept mentioning Paris, haha.  But I actually took a picture inside the theater before the movie came on because it was SO SMALL.  We actually tried twice before to see the movie but each time it was sold out.  The reason being because there are only like 30 seats!

c'est très petit!

Last weekend Matt and I took the métro to Montmarte, climbed a MILLION stairs just to get out of the métro, and then climbed even MORE stairs to get to Sacré Coeur.  After that, we just wandered the streets of Montmartre (one of my favorite districts) and got some hot chocolate since it was snowing.  It was nice to walk around though, because once Spring comes, sooo many people come out and it gets so crowded.  So it was nice not having many people around.

View of Paris from Sacré Coeur. It was snowing!

View of Paris from Sacré Coeur. It was snowing!

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posing in front of Sacré Coeur 🙂

Streets of Montmartre

Streets of Montmartre

This weekend I’m going to Bordeaux (Southwest France) with GSE.  GSE (Global Student Experience) is the study abroad company that organized my trip, in case I haven’t mentioned that detail.  Anyway, Bordeaux is known for its wine industry so I can’t wait to see (and better yet, taste) all the wine there.  It’s about a 3 hour train ride from Paris.

I’ll update after this weekend is over!!  HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

Bisous ❤

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It is OFFICIALLY Summer.  I get so happy when I say that.  The first day of Summer was this past Saturday, the 21st.  Also the same day my cousin was married!  I had a great weekend.  Friday night I went shopping in Delaware with Ashley and got 2 bathing suits which was definitely a needed purchase.  Saturday Ash and I both worked the Al Golden Football Camp here at Temple.  Ashley works for the Football team and they needed extra help for the 5 camps so of course I volunteered (and I get paid!) We had to be there at 6:30am though, which was rough after a full week of 9-5 work, haha.

Then I headed home afterward for my cousin’s wedding reception…which was a BLAST!  I really enjoyed myself and loved seeing my whole family together again.  Then finally on Sunday I got to sleep in and catch up with 2 of my best friends from home, Kari and Jayme, which was very nice.  I miss them both so much!!  It was great chatting and filling in each other about everything happening in our lives.  Other than that, I’ve still been pretty busy.. a couple friends and I even got to go to the Philadelphia Zoo, thanks to Ashley who works there!!  She’s the balloon operator of the Channel 6 abc balloon. How cool is that?!?! So I have a LOT of pictures to show!! 😉

Last week a few owls and I went up to the Temple Ambler campus for a “photo shoot.”  We were needed for all the new Ambler publications, which are supposedly coming out at the end of August.  Can’t wait to see if I’m in any of them!!  I think it would be cool to see some of us in them 🙂

In other news, my brother Travis graduated from HS about 2 weeks or so ago.  It was nice going back and seeing some younger friends of mine from high school.  It also reminded me a lot of my high school graduation in 2006, at the same place.  It was definitely bittersweet.  I also saw some of my former teachers, including my 2 band directors.  Afterward, we went out to Charlie Brown Steakhouse in Springfield.  It was horrible.  The food was great but the service was absolutely terrible!  A really bad experience in my book.

FYI—HUGE NEWS: I got accepted into my study abroad program!!  IT IS OFFICIAL!!  I am going to Paris for Spring Semester 2009!  Woo hoo!!  I’m getting together all my paperwork with my passport, visa, financial aid, etc.  Not going to lie though — it’s a heck of a lot of work.  But I don’t mind it since 1) it’s Summer and I have no classes right now and 2) it will be WELL worth all the time and effort.  I am SO excited!  I have been waiting to study abroad for yearsss!!  I am going with a company based in California called GSE (Global Student Experience).  Temple already approved the program and my classes so it should transfer pretty smoothly!  I’m really looking forward to it.  You have no idea!!

I guess that’s all for now.  I’m pretty beat myself.  More to come later!!  Ciao!

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