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

The Lone Pigeon of Brussels

October 10, 2015

by apaparis

There's something entirely rewarding about taking pleasure in solitude. After spending a lovely weekend in The Hague with an old friend, taking in the sights, listening to great music, noticing the modern architecture coupled with an abundance of bikes, and seeing what is in my opinion the most beautiful painting ever created, Girl with a Pearl Earring, I found myself with eight hours to spare in Brussels before returning back to Paris. I had actually planned it that way, not really knowing what I would do there or how I would get around without mobile data or GPS, but on Sunday morning at 10h30 I was ready to take on Brussels. On Sunday morning at about 10h50, I was lost. Starting off in the completely wrong direction, I stumble onto one of the biggest ferris wheels in the world: La Grande Roue Bruxelles, or more commonly, The Eye of Paris. It used to sit at the start of the Champs Elysées in Paris, but it was now the perfect vantage point to see everything in... Read More

Cirque de la Vie

October 2, 2015

by apaparis

Every week, APA provides opportunities to see a “spectacle,” or a form of entertainment  that allows us to see a little more of French art and culture. We have been to a concert, a dance performance and a vaudeville comedy show. But last night we saw something a little... Read More

The feminist pigeon

September 25, 2015

by apaparis

As a journalism major, I tend to pay attention to the news. It’s usually good practice for someone who intends to be a news writer. Staying up-to-date with current events is crucial, and since I am now living in France, I suppose it’s my duty to watch local French news as... Read More

Le conte de fées

September 22, 2015

by apaparis

As we pulled up to the Château de Corton André in Aloxe-Corton on the outskirts of Beaune, one of the girls on the bus said, “I now understand the inspiration for fairy tales.” She is absolutely right. I had been to chateaux before–those in the Loire Valley and the Anjou... Read More


September 16, 2015

by apaparis

I’ve been trying to catch my breath the past couple weeks. When I first landed in Paris, I guess I expected the city to suddenly lay out before me, but for any future travelers, it’s important to remember that Charles de Gaulle Airport is still just an airport.... Read More

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