It all started with a semester in Montevideo, Uruguay...
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
"But when I get to Paris"
Well my parents will hate me for saying this but I enjoy absolutely everything about traveling and living in a foreign country...there is an excitement to not knowing where you are or how you should order. Strangely I love this feeling. I'm finding that I more and more would love to continue either studying or working somewhere other than the US, my comfort zone. There's a challenge to being abroad that is so invigorating!
This past weekend (Thursday-Sunday) our entire group went to Brussels, Belgium for a about a day, all I had time to do there was enjoy a banana and chocolate crepe, I also tried Belgium's national candy: cuberdon, it was interesting...it was pure sugar filled with some kind of raspberry jelly. While we were in Belgium we went to the European Commission and the European Parliament. I love hearing the way other countries operate, it's fascinating. Maybe that's why I have a hunger to travel, it's an addiction.
On Friday, after our meeting at Parliament, we boarded and train and headed to Paris! I tried my best to speak French when I needed to, most people however spoke English, but I hope they appreciated my effort and didn't disregard me as some lost American. Even though I have ABSOLUTELY no background in French, I was able to order three macaroons, with the coffee flavor as my favorite. It is a struggle not being able to understand the language, especially when I slip into speaking Spanish. After this trip I have an even greater appreciation for the many here in Europe who can fluently speak French, English, Italian, German, etc. I love talking with the local people here and learning various things about their country, when I can understand them and they can understand me…
We ended that night at the eiffel tower, all gazing up at it during its light show.
On Saturday, we had the day free, and let me tell you, we took advantage of that. We woke up early and explored a bit, we saw Notre Dame, and all the main sights. A few of us girls went to the champs-élysées, which was cool but I could hardly afford to buy a road map, much less anything else in the stores. We had coffee at Lauderee and just sat and talked for a while. Afterwards we headed to the Louvre (the outside) and once we sat and soaked up its splendor we had to race to the Eiffel Tower so that we could meet the rest of the group for the fat tire bike tour in Paris. This was excellent, although quite frightening at times. We saw all the sights and got to enjoy some historical facts about the beautiful city we were visiting. We headed back to our hostel around 8, sadly we were trying to make an 8:30 reservation we made for dinner at the Louvre, but that didn't work out. Instead we found this tiny little restaurant where there were only locals, so you know it was good! The only complication was the language barrier, but they were so nice to us and really helped us out.
The next day we were leaving from our hostel at 12:30 that afternoon so we wanted to try to see the Louvre that morning. We tried to have an early start on the day but that plan back fired, we left the hostel at 9:30 that morning to get to the Louvre, see just the teeniest portion of it and get back to the hostel before check out time (and try escargot somewhere in between).
It was a crazy but fun day, now I have a reason to come back to Paris…to see the rest of the Louvre, haha.