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

Castles and Princesses

May 8, 2019

One of my absolute favorite things about studying abroad with APA is that they have built in pre-paid trips to other cities in France for us to further explore the culture and history. Our first one was to the north of France to Normandie, which I had already visited in high school but instead of seeing the D-day beaches like the last time, we went to St. Malo and Mont St. Michel. While the names of these northern French beach towns may not wring any bells, you'll probably recognize pictures as Mont St. Michel is actually the inspiration behind Disney's castle in Tangled.   While that was the first one way back in January, our very last one to Les Chateaux de la Loire was actually incredible!! We all were a bit skeptical as someone amongst the twenty-something of us had started a rumors about us sleeping outside as if we were "glamping"; however, to our surprise it was quite the opposite.   After walking around snapping loads of photos at the different castle... Read More

Cheers to the Freakin’ Weekend

April 10, 2019

H A P P Y  A P R I L !   It’s our second to last month but we couldn’t be happier to be here! This past weekend in Paris was one for the books! I’m definitely paying the price as I’m sick in bed typing this but definitely worth it. Friday night I... Read More

Dinner Time Chez Isabelle

March 25, 2019

Let’s just start out with that I love food.  So much. She is the shoulder I cry on, the friend to laugh at my jokes, the comforting hug in the middle of the night. Because of my commitment to my relationship to food I have since our first week evolved to a dairy machine,... Read More

Morocco: Almost kidnapped… Spas.. and Stitches!

March 18, 2019

For the first half of winter break some of the other students in the program (Greg, Yuki, Chris, Lexi) and I travelled all the way to Fez, MOROCCO! A RyanAir flight later and booking an AirBNB with just one bed we were on our way. Since there are just so many photos I thought... Read More

New Year, New Semester, Who dis?

January 25, 2019

On January 24th he asked me what day it is. “C’est 24 Janvier” Wait..  Wait.. Wait.. Let me just stop right there. This daydream of me reinacting this iconic Mean Girls scene with the French equivalent of Aaron Samuels is not what happened today …or... Read More

“And then he said…welcome to Paris”

January 7, 2019

The goal here is not to be too mushy. But saying goodbye is hard. We’ve all heard it: “It’s not the place, it’s the people.” And that could not have been a more true statement for the end of my semester abroad. That and the color yellow. And 80s pop... Read More

Of finals and news reports…

December 11, 2018

Under the red and gold holiday decorations, the barista keeps his eyes glued to the tv screen above the booths where a group is sipping coffee, necks craned to hear the news on l’Assemblée Nationale. In the 14th, life outside the café windows proceeds as normal, afternoon... Read More

Meal Times

December 3, 2018

Now, I’m no cook, baker, food blogger, culinary expert…but I do love food. To be honest, baking/cooking kind of stresses me out. Even if I put on some good music, have a recipe prepared, and feel confident, something always ends up getting burned. I suppose I’m... Read More

For the Time Being

November 20, 2018

There are only so many more times I am going to be able to look out of the train window and watch the Paris streets come alive below, so I put down my book. It’s kind of like I don’t want to take any moment for granted at this point, and I’ve found that just... Read More

The Not-Enough-Time Stressin’

November 13, 2018

So it’s Novemeber, huh? No idea how that happened. It’s been rainy and…humid (?) here in Paris as October melded away and the colors of the leaves really arrived and I had to start thinking about my winter coat situatuation. This past week was jam-packed with... Read More

Travel: some Non-Wisdoms

November 5, 2018

In my list of reasons to study abroad in Paris, “getting anywhere from there” was very near the top. I’ve been trying not to treat these four months like my last time ever in Europe, but I also want to take advantage of the time, the place, the motion (ahem). I have taken... Read More

One Morning

October 22, 2018

One morning, I was sat at the dining room table across from my host mom. We both had out laptops out, typing furiously. She had her café, I had an empty tasse du thé. It was quiet in the house, with warm sunlight just beginning to stream through the front windows, and... Read More

In the Spirit of Cake…

October 15, 2018

It was very late. Too late for dinner, but I’d stuffed myself with a gas station sandwich, compote de pomme, and about a thousand Bugle chips, so I’m doing pretty okay as I stepped inside of the apartment on Sunday night. I felt like I’d spent all day on a bus (I had) and... Read More

Rules Don’t Exist and How to Cut a Grapefruit

October 8, 2018

A little over a month here in Paris and the idea of “schedule” is still baffling to me. I like to think that I’m fairly organized, however, after almost missing a class, not thinking about what I’m going to eat for lunch on any given day of the week, not being able to... Read More

Two French Women and an Elevator

October 1, 2018

While tying my shoes in the hallway of the apartment, I was distracted by a sudden burst of chatter coming from outside the door. Thinking that, maybe, my host mom had returned and was speaking on the phone, I waited for the door to open so that I might say hello/goodbye and be... Read More

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