Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ma vie à Paris

Sacré-Cœur Basilica

Hello, all! I'm going to be doing a slightly different format for my posts from now on. I will definitely be posting once or twice a week, but I will be including fewer photos with each post. Most posts will probably only have one or two photos, the reason being that the internet here in the apartment is generally very slow. My roommates & I are all on in the evenings which doesn't help the case, and uploading my photos takes a lot of time away from me, and bandwidth away from my roomies. I will however work on updating my Flickr by next week and will provide a link in each post for that so you can see some more photos, and those of you who are Facebook friends with me can see all my photos there! (If we're not Facebook friends, and we've talked before, go ahead and add me!)

A quick update on what I've been up to: honestly, not a whole lot. Last weekend was grey and gloomy making sight-seeing feel unappealing. I want to see the Tour Eiffel in sunlight (or maybe covered in snow, as the forecast predicts?) not under a cloudy sky. I've mostly been trying to settle into my life here. Daily concerns of mine have included what yogurt to buy at the grocery store (still a mystery), which boulanger to buy my baguettes at (the pink one on the corner of Oberkampf of course), and figuring out that damn alarm on the iPod that has the wrong time zone settings (way too many menus to sort through). Also, just in time for my first classes, I have a cold :( All is well though, I'd rather be sick now and get it over with, than later when my life here has picked up and feels settled.

My one sight-seeing opportunity recently has been to the Sacré-Cœur in the Montmartre district of Paris. This basilica up on the hill overlooks the city and is quite an impressive structure. No pictures could be taken inside but I found the outside more beautiful, and the view was incredible although it was a little foggy (of course the sun would go away by the time I climbed all those steps). Montmartre has a lot of cool shops as well that were fun to peak inside. It is definitely a neighborhood I'd love to explore again.

I'll write again at the end of the week to talk about my classes, and a few other details of life in Paris. On Saturday our program has a mystery tour, all we are told is to bring our passport! Our guess is they'll be taking us to Belgium or Germany, and its probably going to be a smaller town. Either way, it should be really fun, I'll be excited to see more of Europe outside Paris!

Au revoir mes amis!

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