Posts Categorized: France

Pre-Departure: Les Plans

I’m writing this post while on the Intercampus shuttle home after my last full day of work this summer. In my backpack are a few books, assorted pens (taken from my work desk, of course), and four printed maps of Paris’ public transit system. I’d love to be able to tune out and read, but,… Read more »

Reflection after a Long Quarter

It’s taken me forever to get around to writing this post, and for that, I am sorry. From the very beginning of the quarter, I was crazy busy, and it never really got better. From sorority and internship recruitment to my independent study and extracurricular work, every second of this quarter seemed to be full… Read more »

Pausing

You’re not always on high alert while abroad; while you’re obliviously eating your croissants and adding stuff to your snapchat story. Events like the 13th of November are something no one ever imagines, but the horrific truth is that they happen, and this happened. I have at this point been all too close to too… Read more »

Strasbourg

by Annalie Jiang   Closing up on my last week of study abroad, I decided to reward myself with a post-exam journey to Strasbourg, just for a day. Most everyone I knew was either taking exams or leaving for the holidays so I decided to set off solo, armed only with a Google Maps printout… Read more »

My Last Days in Europe

As I write these words, I’m sitting in the airport in Dublin (where I’ve had to go through security twice since stepping off the plane!), awaiting my return plane to Chicago (and then onto Columbus, Ohio). I’ve left Paris for the last time—or at least until I return again, which is at a yet unknown… Read more »

A Very International Thanksgiving

Many of the apartments that our fellow students live in are pitifully small. My roommate Kelsey and I, along with our flatmate Sofia, were extremely fortunate to get an apartment with a separate (huge) kitchen and living room, and so we decided back in October that for Thanksgiving we were going to invite all our… Read more »

Même pas peur

by Annalie Jiang   Of course this is still a fairly sensitive topic but as many of you know, it has been two weeks since the tragedies that took place the night of the 13th. Yesterday I happened to be in the area of République, not far from the sites of the attacks, and stumbled… Read more »

A Response to the Recent Attacks in Paris

By now, I’m sure that all of you have heard about the terrorist attacks that have hit our city. I’ve spent the last week mulling over everything that’s happened, trying to come to terms with the fact that for the first time in my entire life, I was less than two miles away from a… Read more »

Adapting

Already October and already feeling like a lot has changed. For one my cooking has improved markedly, though that’s my diligent budgeting so I can afford a weekly meal at the sceney juice bar du jour near Sciences Po and an occasional trip to Chercheminippes, my favorite consignment shop on rue du Cherche-Midi. I now… Read more »