Cannes: Settling In

So I have officially been in Cannes for a little over 72 hours now. I surprisingly haven’t felt any jet lag yet. Though the first day I was incredibly tired but I think that was more do to the fact that I hadn’t slept in close to 3 days thanks to nerves and a super…

Angers is Good.

Tonight I finally sat down to once again write a blog-worthy narrative of my time here in France.  My posting has not been as disciplined as I had hoped it would be before I settled in Angers, but I also did not expect idle time to be so non-existent.  Of course, I have spent afternoons…

The Glamorous Parisian Life of Food Poisoning and Wet Paint

It’s been about a month and mom said I haven’t blogged, so I’ll see what all I can remember from the past few weeks! About 3 weeks ago, I headed off to London to meet my friend from Ole Miss studying in Edinburgh, Scotland. My flight was continuously delayed, but I finally arrived there around…

Bitten By The Travel Bug: Hurt So Good

I’ve contracted the disease. The symptoms are all there: spontaneously buying bus tickets to new countries, laughing at my dwindling bank account with little remorse, traveling directly after class ends on Friday and only returning to Angers in time for my Monday class. Every night I find myself obsessively searching for the cheapest route to…

France: Loire Valley and How to Look American

Lately, I’ve been busy with school and just doing life in Paris. Starting next weekend, I really begin traveling and being busy on the weekends, so I’m sure my blogs will be a bit more interesting. This past weekend, I went with my study abroad group (roommates and SAI leader) to the Loire Valley. It’s…

Five Days of France

Sunday, 5 October 2014 As I sat at my desk yesterday replying to messages from family members and friends, I regarded the windows of the homes across my street which were open to the cool breeze and a hushed afternoon rain.  Suddenly I began to hear a lovely instrumental French melody escape from one of…

Onward to Angers

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 I have finally arrived in Paris. As I sit in a café waiting for my train to Angers to arrive, my exhaustion from minimal sleep and jet lag is evident. My face must have expressed this feeling, because as I searched around Charles De Gaulle Terminal 2 for my train, a…

Angers, France: Week 1

During my first week in Angers, I managed to successfully set up everything at my foyer and even meet some new people during the process. When I arrived late in September, I was a little skeptical and nervous about my ability to speak and comprehend French. Thankfully, living at the foyer has been what I…

EAT (pastries), PRAY (for more pastries), LOVE (those pastries)

It’s three weeks into my study abroad experience in Angers, and I can finally say I’ve nestled quite cozily into my new environment. I’ve taken to an all-black wardrobe, started smoking a pack of cigarettes for petit-déjeuner, and have finally reached fluency. Actually none of that is true, but I have spent the last few…

Paris, France: Trial and Mostly Error

Tomorrow will be the end of my first week of school, and I’m not even counting down the days until the weekend like I would be in The States. Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather be exploring all day and discovering new places (and food), but for school, this isn’t too bad. Classes count for…

France – The adventures continue

Paris is always fun, but things are so different. I love the adventure and figuring out a new way of life, but it is a challenge to say the least! Last week (I’m writing this late), my 4 apartment mates and I finally all went out for the day together for the first time! I…

France: je ne parle pas français

After a day of flight delays and learning to go with the flow, I arrived in my Parisian apartment.  Things are so different, yet so fun! Our apartment is small by American standards, but large for here.  The washing machine takes about 3 hours (we know from some sheets that had to be washed due…