Trip Start Aug 31, 2010
17Trip End Dec 23, 2010
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As if getting bombarded with a million pieces of information about where I'm living, when my classes start, etc, etc upon arriving in Paris wasn't enough, there also happened to be a STRIKE the day after I got here
Anywayssss, I'm finally settled into my homestay! I'm living with a French couple who live alone. They have 2 kids but they are older (20's) and don't live here. They also have a dog that lives here :) So cute, her name is Mandoline. I live like a block from the Opera building so it's a gorgeous neighborhood. Absolutely breathtaking. It's been a bit of an adjustment, but it's going well. A lot of things are very different here...such as their showers. They have a tub, without any sort of curtain or door to close, and there is a handheld sprayer, but nothing to hang it on. I might as well be standing in the middle of the bathroom! I have to stand there and hold the shower above my head. It's been interesting to say the least...Also, my family doesn't speak any english so it's non-stop French now. They had a bunch of people over for dinner, so I was secretly freaking out just trying to keep up with what the hell was going on at the dinner table (7 people speaking French at once, quickly). haha I did better than I thought I would though! Basically being forced into fluency...I wish it'd come faster though!!
I'm going to explore more of Paris this weekend once I finally have some time to myself!
So far just lots of fromage, baguettes, vin, et chocolat :) The French don't disappoint.