Wrapping up in Paris (Days 33, 34, & 35)

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Parc des Buttes Chaumont Whew!  Paris got HOT while I was gone for the weekend!  This week it has been in the mid-high 90s!  I had been waiting for a good sunny day to visit a park that was on my list, so on Monday afternoon, I went to the Parc des Buttes Chaumont.  It […]

Switzerland (Days 31 & 32)

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This weekend I got to see Switzerland, and it was GORGEOUS! Geneva: Jet d’Eau France: train ride to Switzerland In January 2009, I went to Washington, D.C. for a four-month internship on Capitol Hill.  In my first few days there, Obama’s Inauguration was held and the city turned into a madhouse!  While trying to get […]

Rodin, Montmartre, Usher? (Days 28, 29 & 30)

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The Thinker A couple of weeks ago, my parents sent me the information for a friend’s daughter who lives in Paris.  Wednesday after class, I went to La Défense and met her (Kerry) for lunch.  After lunch, I FINALLY got some stamps and mailed the postcards that I bought my first week in Paris!  I […]

Montparnasse & Les Grands Boulevards (Days 26 & 27)

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Phonetics lab Jardin des Grands Explorateurs WHOOP!  On Monday I had my last day of phonetics lab!  That means I now have class for a total of two hours instead of three, AND it means that class starts at 9 am instead of 8 am.  Hooray! Sometime after class, I went to Montparnasse to go […]

Dijon & Beaune, France (Days 24 & 25)

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Dijon: most of our group in Jardin Darcy On Saturday morning, Teresa and I met the other CEA program students and a couple of staff members at the Gare de Lyon train station to go into the French countryside for a visit to Dijon and Beaune. Dijon: Porte Guillaume Dijon:covered market, horse meat booth Dijon: […]

Catacombs and Misc. (Days 22 & 23)

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Catacombs: hallway, was in it by myself! Catacombs: A tunnel worker carved this from memory Catacombs Catacombs Catacombs On Thursday, I went 20 meters below the ground and visited the Paris Catacombs!  There are more than six MILLION human skeletons dating back into the 1700s that are arranged in stacks in these tunnels.  It was […]

Two of the best places (Days 20 & 21)

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Teresa, me, and Guillaume ready for the blind tasting! On Tuesday afternoon, CEA had a blind tasting of French food for us.  It was a lot of fun.  I learned that I am terrible at guessing what I’m eating!  We tried céleri rémoulade, rillettes du mans, pruneaux d’agen (prunes stuffed with goat cheese, sounds so […]

Barcelona II, Ryanair (Days 18 & 19)

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Building designed by Gaudy What a blessed Sunday and good weekend! Building designed by Gaudy Sunday morning I left the apartment and went for a walk without a map or any destination in mind.  I ended up walking right to a building designed by Gaudy that I had seen on lots of postcards.  Cool!  I […]

Barcelona I (Days 16 & 17)

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Friday I had exams in both French phonetics and lecture… yuck!  At one point during the exam I actually caught myself counting in Spanish instead of French.. whoops. Afterwards I ran (literally) home (and made it in 10 minutes between jogging and the fast metro) to drop off my books and grab my suitcase to […]

Lost in Translation (Day 15)

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Eiffel Tower on Wednesday night Gr!  I messed up on my homework today.  I was supposed to do all of pages six and seven but I did exercises six and seven.  The directions got lost in translation.  Since our professor always writes out the numbers that we’re supposed to complete, I saw those two numbers […]