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The invisible guide to understanding french body language ch.1

December 3, 2017

I slid onto the metro 13 at Université Saint-Denis. As always, it quickly became packed with people and as the train signaled its warning with a buzz, a handful more arrived,  frantically pushing their way into the crowded car. Leaning against the back window, I... Read More

In the spirit of thanksgiving…

November 26, 2017

Up until a few weeks ago, I was in complete control. I went where I want, I spoke with whom I wanted, and I did it all whenever I wanted to. Pretty much my whole experience of Paris was on my own terms which is to say that I was able to live in almost... Read More

Nudists, friendship formulas, and depression.

November 12, 2017

Whether I’m at home in the 19eme, going from one place to the next, or enjoying a cup (France don’t kid yourself, its a flask) of coffee, I am never alone. This has been one of the main differences that I’ve had to adjust to, living in Paris. Compared to my life in rural... Read More

Some sage scholarly advice on how not to fail Paris.

November 7, 2017

**this is just so long and I didn’t feel like editing it so if you just want said sage advice, I’d scroll all the way down 😉 ** This being the first week of November, we have less than two months left of classes and that also means that we’ve had about two... Read More

Ode to Public Transportation

October 31, 2017

I love public transportation. It is one of the only instances where people from all walks of life are thrown suddenly into and must share the same space for an extended period of time only for that bond to be torn apart with the same inconsequential lightness that it was formed.... Read More

Intro to host family life 101

October 22, 2017

Returning home from our weekend trip to Normandy, I stepped into the dark rain-streaked streets of Belleville. I had been feeling anxious to the thought of re-entering the bustling, cobbled maze of Paris after a refreshing few days taking in the blustery, autumnal countryside of... Read More

Quest for the perfect study spot

October 15, 2017

Finding places to study, in this vast, beautiful place has proven to be far more challenging than anticipated. What with all the libraries, museums, cafes, parks, and campus wifi, I assumed I could drop in anywhere to get some work done. Instead, I have, through some... Read More

Good running vibes

October 9, 2017

Without getting too spiritual about it, running is a way for me to keep balance in my life. It gives me a chunk of time in the middle of the day to focus on myself, in silence, and outdoors and it helps me exert stress, stay physically fit, and sleep better. When I decided to... Read More

SOS which lines do I use in my notebook?

September 30, 2017

During our orientation week we had a session about the ways in which the French and US education systems differ. We learned all about the different paths students take to get into their chosen universities and how the academic programs are divided. It was eluded to us how... Read More

Vertigo

September 22, 2017

I. As I wait to for the little green person to light up as a sign that I can cross the street, I scan the sea of faces for anyone I recognize. I was on my way to one of APA’s intimate group tours of the various neighborhoods in Paris and was searching for our... Read More

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