Bienvenue a Versailles!

Trip Start Sep 02, 2010
Trip End May 13, 2011

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

It's day 2 of my time here in France. I've finally made it to Versailles! It was a realllllly long trip, with a ton of waiting everywhere we went. We got into Versailles at 8:00 am France time. A 7 1/2 hour flight. We got our luggage and thru customs, which took an hour, then waited for our bus, that got stuck in traffic, for a half hour. Then the bus ride was about another half hour. It dropped us off ENSA-V, our school, where we had an hour meeting, lunch, then waited to be taken to our apartments. We had to drag all of our luggage up a cobblestone drive, not fun. Then!! Because our apartment was so close, we didn't get driven to our place. We once again dragged our luggage thru the cobblestone streets to our place. It took two trips. Luckily, were literally 5 minutes away from school. Right down the street from it. We live on the 4th floor with no elevator. So, the first trip we had some guys help us, and our landlord helped also. The second time though, Kara, Shachi and I dragged 50lbs (per siutcase) up about 90 stairs to our room. The higher we got, the steeper and more crooked the stairs got. That was fun. The apartment is beautiful with a pretty big kitchen, 2 bedrooms (one double, one single), a living room, and a bathroom with a washer in it and a separate room off the kitchen with just a toilet. Nice place for a toilet. We pulled numbers so we each had 3 months with the single :P I'm last. I'm sitting at McDonald's right now because there is no internet at our place...yet. But soon. So I'll put pictures up later.
We went to the store yesterday and bought cleaning supplies......and of course......our first bottle of wine :) Don't ask me what because I don't remember. And not because I drank any! Haven't opened it yet actually.
So far, I love France. It's beautiful and everything I thought it would be. It doesn't seem real, I feel like I'm at Disneyworld because everything is how you see it in the movies and whatnot. It took me a while to even figure out where the stoplights were on the streets. So TINY! One good thing...there's a starbucks ATTACHED to my school :D How wonderful. I am trying to avoid American food though. And so far, I've done well. I had my first crepe today, which was amaaazing. I was somewhat the French speaker for our table. It was a very funny experience with 6 of us trying to tell the waiter what we wanted. The first waitress didnt speak english. We took a walking tour today, which became confusing. Too many streets and it's far from a grid-like pattern like Chicago. The was the first two days!!! I'm headed back to my place now to make spaghetti!!
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Janet on

So glad you made it and all is going well. Take care and keep us all posted

Mr. J on

Spaghetti? In France. Glad you made it safe and sound, and sounds like you're fitting right in. Enjoy your experience and we'll keep track of you by this and by your mom. Talk to you soon.

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