The American University of Paris

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Finally, I've arrived and set up in Paris after 8 months of applications, decision making, and French bureaucracy. On January 8th after a great vacation through the Dolomites with my family I started my orientation at the American University of Paris. This is the school i've transferred too and where I will graduate(hopefully) with a degree in French. I found a really (well parisian priced) apartment on the edge of the 16th arrondissement. It's a beautiful neighborhood with a real residential feel. I've already been to a variety museums and even got to spend one saturday walking around Versailles enormous man-made lake(which took me 3 hours to do). As I'll be here for the next 2-3 years I really can't wait to see what else I will get to see.

  It's one full month since and I have some things to comment to the constant barrage of negative things people, news articles, told me about Parisians "the French" before arriving

-Yes Paris is as crazy expensive as I thought it would be, and with these dollar-euro rate it is even more insane(500 euros-700 dollars)-(monthly budget for basic survival including rent, electricity, metro, groceries, ect between 800-1200
-No French people are not cold, snobs. It seems that the generalization towards the French really are all just generalizations of Parisians which in my opinion are one in the same when talking about any large cultural hub.
-Yes I would say the experience for a foreigner is more difficult as one over analyzes and see's things differently than that of a local

The list goes on but essentially before coming to Paris all I heard were gapping rationalizations that did nothing but ensue more pessimism and made me feel down about my decision to go to Paris. I can say however in my first month experience I've had a great time but "a mon avis" Paris has been a big adjustment for me because it's a huge city and its european but has a very distinct vibe(not in a bad way). The good news is Paris has so much to offer; I find myself constantly occupied here, as there is an unlimited amount of activities to do, and most of them are for free because France has some amazing discounts for students. 

So far I can't think of an amazing highlights of my time here. Although, one of my best friends from Rhode Island came to visit me, and I've gotten to reconnect with some of my friends from Spain who are from Paris. So all in all it's been amazing here and i'm quite excited to see what happens next.
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ecook on

great beginning for your Paris journal. So many amaziing things to do..
have you been in the underground? National Geographic had a whole issue on it
sending lots of love

papa on

wow ... I can't believe you moved to Paris.

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