Bienvenue à Paris!

Je suis arriveé à Paris! And I must say, I am absolutely loving it. I’m living in the Fondation des Etats-Unis, which is a dormitory for American students living in Paris. I have my own room, which is a truly wonderful thing. It will be (and already has been) nice to come back here at the end of the day to decompress. Here’s the view from my window:

Today was the first real day of orientation, organized and taught by our program director, Céline. We discussed a bunch of logistical stuff, and then jumped into a little bit of French language review. There will be plenty more of that tomorrow.

After the classroom stuff came a walk through the Latin Quarter and up the Left Bank of the Seine. I was absolutely mesmerized the entire time. So much so, in fact, that I completely forgot that our destination was a boat ride along the Seine. Here, I had my first Eiffel Tower sighting (among many others) since coming here, and I am itching to climb to the top.

Thar she blows


Louvre from our walk along the Seine

Tonight a bunch of us headed over to Place d’Italie to do some shopping. My biggest purchases: towels and bananas. Also, a bottle of Italian wine. Why Italian wine, you may ask? I don’t even know how that happened.

In the carrefour (a labyrinth of a grocery/liquor/million other things store with lines a mile long), the cashier informed me that her line was closed after me and would I please tell that to anyone who tried to queue up behind me? I proceeded to tell this to the next 8 people who tried lining up behind me, and 7 out of 8 responded in French! Like I was a real French person! I was beyond ecstatic. Until I reached my turn in line, and there seemed to be a problem with the fruit I was buying. She was explaining, and I was not understanding. As it turned out, I was supposed to have weighed the fruit and printed a price label for it before getting in line. It all worked out, with some English-speaking help and a mad dash to the scale with my produce. At least I wasn’t holding up the line.

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One Response to Bienvenue à Paris!

  1. Mary Molloy says:

    It sounds like you are off to a great start Tara! I am green with envy:) I know this is going to be a wonderful experience for you. Looking forward to your next post…

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