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Month: March 2016

Donald Trump? Marine Le Pen?

March 25, 2016

Europeans are fascinated with Donald Trump. If someone hears that you are American, they will likely ask you about the Republican candidate. Case in point: Overhearing us speaking English, a man at a café enjoying his afternoon omelet, turned to us and asked, “Donald... Read More

Paris, Brussels, …?

March 25, 2016

On Tuesday, a series of bombings occurred at the Zaventem airport and the Maelbeek metro station in Brussels. Today, according to the French Interior Minister, an anti-terror raid in Argenteuil successfully foiled plans of another bombing in Paris. The next major attacks are... Read More

Coming Together

March 20, 2016

I am about two months into my stay in France and this week, my mom and my best friend came to visit. It was amazing exploring the city with these two and I was surprised to see how comfortable I’ve gotten in Paris and that I can do things like explain the metro system,... Read More

Not Just a Pretty Picture

March 20, 2016

I have a love hate relationship with my art history class at the Sorbonne. At times the analysis seems farfetched. For some reason, art history professors enjoy teaching in semi-darkness which is not particularly conducive to staying awake. As this is my first time studying the... Read More

Marrakech

March 14, 2016

I was in the red city this weekend. Marrakech is a vibrant maze. Its dusty streets are pulsating with life and there are hardly any signs so when you ask a Moroccan for directions, it goes something like this: -Excuse me, how do you find La Maison Arabe? -Ah! That’s easy. You... Read More

La Loi Travail

March 14, 2016

The French love a good protest. I’ve passed by numerous manifestations, people chanting, holding up signs, making impassioned speeches. On one hand, it is impressive how sure people are that there individual voices will make a difference to causes they care about, on the... Read More

Moscow-Amsterdam-Maastricht-Bruges

March 6, 2016

February break went too quickly! After a few days in Moscow, I flew into Amsterdam to meet up with friends from back home. We stayed in Clink Noord, a warehouse now hip hostel, just a ferry ride away from the city center. I highly recommend the Van Gogh museum and Anne Frank... Read More

Meeting People

March 2, 2016

One of the most pressing concerns for incoming students is making French friends. The stereotype is that Parisians are closed off and that it is difficult to establish a relationship. First and foremost, I would recommend not stressing out about being alone. You will naturally... Read More

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