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Read first-hand accounts from our students about their experiences on APA Paris programs.

Guest Post: How do you capture a semester (or 2.5 months) abroad?

July 2, 2020

by apaparis

The following is a guest blog post from Lisa, Spring 2020 Paris participant. Having been sent home early from a beautiful spring semester in Paris, I’ve found myself returning to this question. Though I am an avid photographer and almost obsessively document my experiences, I usually find myself with thousands of photos (in the case of abroad, 3,000 photos) that I don’t end up doing much with. I love having the photos to look back on and scroll through, yet they never, of course, truly capture the moment in time. They jog my memory, but they are static, unable to replicate the feelings, activities, sounds, and smells associated with the experience. About a year ago I turned to videos, just 1 to 3 seconds long, to attempt to capture these moments more fully. I downloaded an app called 1 Second Everyday, which advertises itself as a video diary, to keep myself in the routine of taking a short video each day and having somewhere to upload it. My hope was to have a final product,... Read More

Divine Dark Chocolate Cake with Aurélie

June 12, 2020

by apaparis

With a self-proclaimed sweet tooth, I may be biased when I ask, “Is there anything more divine than a chocolate dessert?” Short answer, no! Every birthday growing up there was never any question or hesitation for my special celebratory treat: chocolate cake! Warm... Read More

Classic Crêpes with Lindsay

May 5, 2020

by apaparis

What’s the first food you think of when you hear the word Paris? For many, crêpes are the must-eat snack when visiting the City of Light. And it’s no surprise: freshly made before your eyes with a flick of the wrist, this light, buttery confection is the perfect... Read More

Final thoughts

May 4, 2020

by Miruna Vlad

Exams are over and most of the APA crowd finished their classes this week, as Sunday marks the end of our program. I imagined we would be celebrating the last few days in Paris, with good food and colorful drinks, with music and dance, or by visiting some more cool spots of the... Read More

Delectable Focaccia with David

April 28, 2020

by apaparis

Social distancing may have entered our lexicon but there’s still many ways to come together, albeit virtually. And what better way to electronically gather than with the sumptuous, mouth-watering, delicious tastes of French and Francophone cuisine! Each week, a member of... Read More

Quarantine Easter

April 24, 2020

by Miruna Vlad

Spring is here! That means both the Catholic and the Orthodox Easter have happened in the last two weeks, which made it feel double as difficult to be away from home. Two weekends ago, I happened to go for a walk, and forgot for a bit that people would be celebrating Easter.... Read More

Alternative Spring Break

April 17, 2020

by Miruna Vlad

This week brings out bittersweet feelings. On the one hand, it’s finally Spring break! The sun is shining, flowers are blossoming, the temperature is nice enough to wear those cute outfits we all packed for Paris, and of course — no more classes. On the other hand,... Read More

Paris in 15 seconds

April 9, 2020

by Miruna Vlad

Hi everyone, In this week’s post I am just sharing my latest project. Staying at home for so long isn’t easy, and since we can’t use our free time to visit any more of Paris’s beautiful sights, I decided to make a hyperlapse video of some of my favorite... Read More

Evenings in Paris

April 3, 2020

by Miruna Vlad

During times like these, when we are all confined in separate parts of the world, it’s sometimes nice to think back to all the fun evenings spent in the heart of Paris. The first two months of this semester were full of  delicious food, good drinks, lots of dancing, and... Read More

Lockdown stories

March 26, 2020

by Miruna Vlad

As I am writing this week’s post, I am still sitting by the window. Not because of another pretty sunset, but because France has been on lockdown for 10 days now, and despite the sun and blossoming trees, we can’t really go out a lot.  But all in all, Paris isn’t the... Read More

Days in the foyer

March 19, 2020

by Miruna Vlad

As I write this post, I sit next to the window, watching a glorious Paris sunset and waiting to see the beacon of the Tour Eiffel like most nights. I remember how only three months ago I was making the decision to be the only one in my circle of friends to go abroad and... Read More

Last Week in Paris — And the Rain Came Down

March 11, 2020

by Irene Vazquez

The weather for the last week has been dismal to say the least. The early morning rain makes it difficult to get out of bed, the soft pitter patter never failing to lull me back to sleep past the time I’d set on my alarm clock. Though it’s put a bit of a damper on... Read More

Des Vacances à Amsterdam

March 4, 2020

by Lydia Brooks

Last week was our winter break and I met up with some friends from my home university in Amsterdam. I admittedly didn’t know that much about the city before I went. However, I really enjoyed my time there and have compiled my favorite places. Pancakes Amsterdam  One thing... Read More

“Ici, tout est beau, bon, pas cher”

February 27, 2020

by Irene Vazquez

I promised last week that I would profiter de la ville, and in that spirit, I’m going to dedicate this week’s blog post to one of my favorite things about living in Paris — the food. An old friend from high school was visiting this past weekend, and on our walk home from... Read More

Familiar names, new surprises

February 21, 2020

by Irene Vazquez

As I write this blog post, I’m listening to Gaël Faye’s album, Pili pili sur un croissant au beurre. I first came to know the Franco-Rwandan novelist/rapper/poet in an academic setting; he’s the author of Petit Pays, our second novel for our literature class,... Read More

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