So I have been here for basically a month now but I have finally decided to start a blog. Sorry if I am a little late to the game but c’est la vie. Here is a quick recap of things so far:
I spent my first two weeks in Biarritz, a small beach town on the border of France and Spain on the Atlantic coast. Surfing is basically the main reason people go there, but I didn’t have the guts/money/inclination to try it. I still spent many days at the beach though. We also visited several other small towns in the surrounding area, including Spain, and learned how you make wine and sheep’s milk cheese. Yay for sheep.
Paris so far:
We finally flew to Paris about two weeks ago now. I am living in an area called the 7th arrondissement (all the districts of paris are numbered in a some-what spirally pattern) and they are all kinda different. The 7th contains a lot of government buildings (example: the paraguayan embassy is across the street from my building, the assemblée national (congress) is down the street, etc) so I am getting quite used to the sight of armed guards in front of many seemly residential buildings. The other thing about the 7th is that is very expensive and chic and I cannot afford to buy anything here except lunch. Discovering new, inexpensive lunch places is becoming my secret pastime. I am staying with an elderly widow who spends a lot of her time traveling to chic places like Cannes (next week). Most (but not all) of my classes have started by now and they are quite different from courses in the US. For instance, most of my work is presented orally to the whole class rather than written. All the buildings here are beautiful, especially the Elysée Palace and Versailles. I’ll post pictures of those so that you can see for yourself. I’ll stop there for now so to not overload this blog before it has even started.