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à Paris, jour 1: le 27 juin.

Posted on: June 30, 2008

Bonjour, tout le monde!

Sorry that I haven’t updated sooner – I didn’t expect to have technological problems once I got here, but I haven’t been able to connect to the internet (I suspect that my firewall is blocking the wireless networks…), AND my camera died on Sunday and I can’t figure out how to charge the darn thing (why isn’t there a universal voltage/wattage system?!). Hopefully, I will soon have a reliable connection to the internet though.

Anyway, Paris is just amazing, and I really truly love it. Speaking in French was a little tricky at first, but I’m growing more confident. I was actually tempted to write this in French and make you all translate it but I figured that’s a little unfair. 😉

So, quick update: after rollercoaster of emotions and a crazy sendoff at the airport, I made it to the gate just as they were beginning to board. So much for being there early :/ The flight here was long, but not too bad. I didn’t sleep much, only in fitfull 1/2 hour increments. The plane was quite large, which was a big contrast to the last flight I made from DC to Boston on a tiny little American Eagle airplane that lasted about an hour. We made it to the Foyer without much trouble, although navigating our baggage through the airport and the RER was a little tricky. Luckily our stop is less than a block from the Foyer, so we didn’t have to ungracefully lug our suitcases through the streets of Paris. And there was an escalator. TG. Once we checked in at the Foyer, we took our bags up to our rooms – we’re all on the fourth floor, but some people didn’t get their permanent room assignments right away because they weren’t ready. Three of us decided to take the stairs, bags and all, instead of waiting for the tiny elevator – keep in mind that the fourth floor is really the fifth (or sixth) floor because they don’t count the first floor (they call it le rez-de-chaussé), and the second floor has classrooms instead of bedrooms. So we struggled up five circular flights of stairs with our bags – fun stuff, let me tell you. 😉 But it was totally worth it – the view from our room includes the Eiffel Tower (straight ahead) and the Sacre Coeur. Unbelievable! The rest of the day was lunch, naps, and a little exploring, and a brief orientation. Six of us went out to dinner and sat down at a nice café – it was a little expensive, but it was very pleasant, and definitely worth it – a nice way to close our first (very long) day in Paris. I must admit, I loved being able to order wine!

I have class in a few minutes, so I’ll try to update more later. A tout à l’heure!

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2 Responses to "à Paris, jour 1: le 27 juin."

Have fun studying abroad! I was there last summer and you MUST celebrate le 14 juillet avec les pompiers @ le bal des pompiers! If you need any info feel free to ask!

ohh justine I am so glad you finally posted I must admit I miss you already though I am very excited that you are loving paris. It seems so foreign not to use your speed dial. You can see the eiffel tower from your window, how absolutely marvelous. I am so excited for you, ma cherie!!! Please keep posting and keep me updated on your beautiful time. A toot a loo~barbara

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