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Last Week in Paris!

October 9, 2019

by apaparis

A True Versailles experience  Looking back on it, this week was sort of a wreck, and I think it started with the weekend. APA planned a tour of Versailles for us on Saturday. We were supposed to meet at 1:30 to begin the tour. From my homestay, Versailles is about 45 minutes away, and I left the house around 12:50, knowing that I was going to be a little late (I am well aware that tardiness is one of my main character flaws). However, right after I got to the bus stop and saw that the next bus was not coming for another 10 minutes, I decided to change routes, which was a huge mistake. My original plan was to take the RER, but I decided to try my luck with the N train, since I could get to the N train faster, and therefore arrive at Versailles at a more reasonable time. The catch was that when I got to the train station, I could not for the life of me find any N train. There seemed to be no signs that indicated that the N trains even operated out of the station. I wandered around... Read More

One month in! Three more to go!

October 4, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Salut! Its the start of October, and I’m realizing I’ve been living in France for over a month now, which seems absolutely crazy on one hand, but on the other, it feels like home! Since my last post, I (along with the rest of the APA students) went to a beautiful concert at... Read More

⅗ Weeks Completed in Paris!

October 2, 2019

by apaparis

Grand Tour of the Louvre (yes, more Louvre!)  My Wednesdays are free and so I wanted to make the most of the day. But before I could go and enjoy all the things that the city had to offer, I needed to get some chores out of the way. When we first arrived in Paris,... Read More

Loving France!

September 26, 2019

by Nakeshia Diop

Walking Through History On Wednesday, we had a night tour of the Louvre. The tour was supposed to start at 6:45pm but because of miscommunication, we all arrived late and had to essentially run through the museum to see all the exhibits that our tour guide wanted to show us.... Read More

Bourgogne and more!

September 26, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Hello again! At the end of my last blog entry, it was Thursday evening and I was packing and preparing to leave bright and early for Bourgogne (Burgundy), a beautiful region of France a few hours from Paris. This weekend excursion is the first of the APA organized excursions,... Read More

La Vie Parisienne

September 19, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Bonjour! It’s time for another update! I’m coming to the end of my second week in Paris and I’m feeling well adjusted to my life here! Friday night I (along with the rest of the APA Paris students) went to a tour of the Louvre at Night, and learned about the history of the... Read More

Leaving Home

September 17, 2019

by apaparis

 It is hard to believe that I am studying abroad for a semester. My summers spent abroad have been much less daunting. A  few weeks of going on adventures and exploring new places is the perfect summer vacation, but doing the same for a whole semester raises many... Read More

Settling into life in Paris

September 16, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Bonjour tout la monde! It’s Calista again! This week has been a whirlwind of returning to Paris and making this quintessential city feel more like home! We returned to Paris on Saturday and moved into our home stays and student dorms called “foyers” that night. For me,... Read More

First Week in France

September 5, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Hello everyone! I’m Calista Goldwasser, one of the students studying abroad this semester in the APA Paris Advanced program and I’ll be your window into the study abroad experience with APA! A little bit about myself: I’m a junior at DePauw University where I study... Read More

Last Week in Dakar

July 25, 2019

by Victoria Bergstrom

Soccer Update On Friday, Dakar’s streets were decorated for soccer because Senegal played against Algeria in the final match of the Africa Cup. All day, Senegalese soccer jerseys were worn everywhere, and taxis proudly displayed Senegalese flags. I wore my jersey and everyone... Read More

Connecting with Dakar

July 18, 2019

by Victoria Bergstrom

New Dresses 2 weeks ago Nakeshia, Siddhakshi, and Seneca went to buy fabric for a Senegalese outfit to bring home. Siddhakshi’s sister took them to a shop to pick out fabric and get fitted for their new looks. I was in class when they picked out everything, yet I already had... Read More

Making New Friends

July 9, 2019

by Nakeshia Diop

Day at the Beach Tuesdays are my day off, so my host sister invited me to go to the beach with a few of her cousins. There were five of us in total and we all squeezed in a taxi to go to Monoco Beach. Unfortunately on the way there, we got stopped by a... Read More

Getting to Know the Diops and Settling Down

June 28, 2019

by Nakeshia Diop

Meeting the Family  On Tuesday, my aunt invited over to her house to meet my cousins. We had briefly spoken on the phone, but only basic introductions were being exchanged, the pauses in between questions filled with anxious laughter. My aunt has four kids, her son lives in... Read More

Exploring the City and My Two New Families

June 23, 2019

by Nakeshia Diop

Tourist Destinations On Monday, Richard who is another student from APA, invited me to go downtown with his host family. His host sister has a car, and after our class, she drove us to our first stop: the African Renaissance Monument. With us were also her adorable son Theo, and... Read More

Intro to Dakar!

June 23, 2019

by Nakeshia Diop

Senegal was one of the first countries I learned to identify on a map. My mom always said that it looked like Pacman, engulfing Gambia whole. Our apartment was always filled with art from Senegal, an allusion to my mother’s time in the Peace Corps and a reminder of my own... Read More

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