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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 I did know is that the Dutch are known for their pancakes. This tiny cafe doesn't seem like much from the outside but, let me tell you, this is place to be. Not only were there many options for both  savory and sweet, they catered to so many food restrictions. Between the three of us we had gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan diets, but were all able to order something we loved!  Mokum Boats The canals of Amsterdam are another given when it comes to typical Amsterdam. With Mokum Boats, you get to drive a boat and explore the canals on your own time. They even give you recommendations of bars where you can dock you boat to stop and have a drink. 10x better than taking a guided canal tour in my... 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

Weekend à Saint Malo et Mont Saint Michel

February 13, 2020

by Lydia Brooks

This weekend we departed for the west of France to visit the city of Saint Malo and the famed Mont Saint Michel.  I was especially excited for this trip because visiting Mont St Michel had been an item on my bucket list for a while. I had stumbled across a gorgeous picture of... Read More

S’habituer — To Become Accustomed To

February 10, 2020

by Irene Vazquez

Just like that, our first full week is done! It feels like our time in Paris is going to go by so quickly, but already we’ve already had so many rich and wonderful experiences. From our first classes to our weekend trip to Saint Malo and Mont Saint Michel to cooking with my... Read More

Bonjour Paris!

February 3, 2020

by Irene Vazquez

Hi everyone! My name is Irene (Irène for French-speaking purposes). I’m from Houston, Texas (but I was born à la La Nouvelle-Orléans — that’s where I first learned French and my love for Francophone culture began). I’m a junior at Yale, where I’m a double major in... Read More

Does your heart “beet” for healthy food?

January 27, 2020

by Lydia Brooks

Paris may be known for spectacular cheese and wine, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw your dietary preferences and love of plant-based food to the wind.    Paris has many a vegan faire to offer, and let me tell you, they do it right.   Loulou Friendly Diner... Read More

Ever heard of the Chateau of Craon?

January 13, 2020

by Lydia Brooks

Honestly, us neither. But you should! We are closing in on our last days of orientation at the Chateau de Craon and what a surprise it’s been. Known as the “the little Versailles of Mayenne,” the chateau is situated in a tiny French town, Craon. In the... Read More

A Horse Attack, A Burglary, and Surfing!

December 19, 2019

by apaparis

Claire, our program director, arrived to Senegal on Thursday, and at night we went to a very bougie hotel to get some drinks and catch up. We had a great view of the ocean, and it happened to be where they shot some scenes of the movie Atlantique (would highly recommend). The... Read More

Last week and then its goodbye Paris…

December 19, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

As I reflect on my semester here in Paris, its crazy to think of all the incredible opportunities we’ve had and all the wonderful things we’ve experienced! I’ve decided to compile some of my favorites moments in Paris here: A visit to Monet’s Gardens in Giverny with... Read More

Still enjoying Paris during the strike

December 13, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Bonjour! It’s been quite a week, with the national transportation strike that started on December 5th and continued since then. I don’t have class on Thursday or Friday so I mostly hibernated, with the exception of visiting a friend to watch Gossip Girl together. Then on... Read More

(Near) End of Semester Blues

December 10, 2019

by apaparis

The first week of classes went really well, in my opinion. There was however, a problem with the Economics professor (I class that I do not take), but he was replaced after the first class. For my immigration course, the professor asked us to conduct five interviews for our... Read More

Back Home!

December 10, 2019

by apaparis

To be perfectly honest, I was most looking forward to the Senegal portion of the trip, so it is definitely great to be back. While I was going through immigration, I received my first “How come you don’t speak Wolof?”, which was the welcome that I expected, and the... Read More

An American (Thanksgiving) in Paris

December 5, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Hey everyone! Happy (belated) Thanksgiving from everyone here at APA Paris! We had a wonderful thanksgiving dinner with APA Thursday evening with tons of traditional thanksgiving food even here in France!   Then over the weekend, I went to a second Thanksgiving with a group of... Read More

Three Countries Three Days

December 2, 2019

by apaparis

The last week of Morocco was one of the most eventful, apart from the train fire of course…nothing can top that.  On Friday after the weekly couscous dinner, I went to Tanger with another American student who had been staying at the same host family. We took the train and... Read More

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