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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. That's why I was taken by surprise by all the families completing their essential outings together, as opposed to just the one usual family member walking the dog or bringing back groceries. Kids were riding their bikes, everyone was continuously smiling, and while seeing all those happy faces felt invigorating, it also felt kind of sad. In those moments, you realize that being in lockdown without your family isn't as easy as you would have thought. Last weekend, it was time for my parents and I to celebrate Easter...at a distance. When I used to be home for the spring holidays, I remember how our entire family would gather together and eat all this delicious food and just have a really good time. This year... 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

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

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