Les impressions...

Trip Start Jan 02, 2011
Trip End Sep 14, 2011

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Flag of France  , Nord-Pas-de-Calais,
Thursday, January 13, 2011

    To say the least, my first week and a half in France has been a whirlwhind of overstimulation on so many levels. Amongst eating unbelievably delicious meals, exploring the city on foot, and making genuine friends, it has been difficult to absorb the fact that this will be my life for the next six months. Of couse, these kind of difficulties are not so problematic, and I am more than willing to sit in the middle of the Place de la Republique (which I have decided, for the time being, is my endroit favori) and soak in the realization that I am going to be living in a sort of dream world while studying in France. 

    As is often the situation while traveling, I highly doubt I will be able to describe in detail every amazing occurance however I am making a strong and well thought out resolution to write at least once a week on this blog! If the rumours are true, school is not so difficult in France; therefore, this should be a relatively realistic aspiration. Furthermore, it appears that very few erasmus (aka exchange) students wake up before l'apres-midi, a habit of which I have not yet been able to conform to. In general, my internal alarm clock goes off at least an hour before the one on my Ipod, nagging at me to stop wasting time sleeping when I could be enjoying my oh so fabulous vie francais... I think this is going to get a bit problematic though, as I have also not been going to sleep before 2am, and most often it has been much later than that. I hope my internal alarm clock learns to adjust. 

    Today I feel particularly relaxed and awesome, due to the fact that I just moved from my residence to a house with international and french students. Apparently the concept of living in a residence is really not the same in France as in Canada, and you basically wind up paying way too much to live in a sub-par bedroom where nobody socializes. I learned quickly that life is much better when paying half the price to live in a cute French apartment with other students. Luckily, I was able to overcome copious amounts of French beaurocracy (yes - the stereotype is alarmingly true), to get out of my residence contract and move in to a lovely little house. I now am living with two Italian girls, one French girl, one Spanish girl, and apparently a Moroccan guy who nobody ever sees. The great thing about this arrangement is that the common language between all of us is...you guessed it... francais! Therefore, with my new roomates I will be getting lots of practice with my second language! When combined with 2 or 3 courses in French and daily activities such as going to the supermarket and, of course, the patisserie, I have high hopes that my French won't sound like a two year old by the time I leave! Good news indeed. 

    It is just about noon here, so in hopes that at least a few people will have woken up by now, I am going to get ready and get a few things for my new room...I really don't want to sleep with multiple sweaters and a hood tonight, so purchasing a blanket would probably be a good idea... anyways, a bientot!
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Teresa on

Hola Carla,

Sounds like you are having a great time in France. I like to read about what you are doing these days.


~Lisa~ on

Hi Carla,I'm glad your writing and posting photos. It sounds like a great time!!

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