Departure: Week Zero

I’m going to France… PARIS, France. The place where the Eiffel Tower isn’t just cheesy wall decor and where good croissants exist outside of Costco.​ Je ne crois pas. Although I have been preparing for over six months now, I have never actually thought about what happens when I get there. I mean sure, I have to get my luggage, find my new apartment and … Continue reading Departure: Week Zero

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Victoria Goncharova – Paris, France

Victoria Goncharova (Blogger) Year in school: Sophomore Major: Public Relations Minor: French Program: L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (exchange) Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and why? I was born in Russia and have traveled to Europe several times for family visits, vacations, etc. Have you studied abroad before? If so, where, when, and for what?  No Where are you studying abroad this … Continue reading Victoria Goncharova – Paris, France

The dream is over. Back to Reality.

It’s been a week since I returned to the US. It took some time but I have finally accepted that I left. I still do the occasional check on tickets back to Paris, but its a healthy frequency now.  Although it is nice to have A/C again and ice cubes in my water, I still miss the Paris flair. I miss being able to walk … Continue reading The dream is over. Back to Reality.

My Favorite Spots in Paris that aren’t the Eiffel Tower

This is my last week here and I can say that although I have visited a lot of places here, I still feel like I need 4 more months to finish seeing everything. But based on what I have seen so far I decided to make a list of my personal favorite spots in Paris that aren’t the Eiffel Tower and tell you a little … Continue reading My Favorite Spots in Paris that aren’t the Eiffel Tower

What Paris Taught Me About Sitting

It’s been 2 weeks in Paris now and I have really enjoyed getting into a routine and feeling like Paris is my home. While I have learned a lot about French culture, something in particular that I have noticed is the great importance of sitting.  This may sound a bit weird, but hear me out. Although Parisians are always on the go and speed-walk in … Continue reading What Paris Taught Me About Sitting

Loire Valley: The Perfect Weekend Get-Away

In the U.S., when you exit a big city and reach the countryside you are usually welcomed by large grassy fields with cows and quaint farmhouses. In the french countryside, known as the Loire Valley, you are welcomed by the same grassy fields, but with a special twist: castles. Just a 2 hour drive from Paris is Château de Chambord. Before this trip, the only … Continue reading Loire Valley: The Perfect Weekend Get-Away

Around Paris in 48 hours

My first 48 hours in Paris have been jammed packed and have left my feet aching, but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying it! Only hours after our arrival, my classmates and I ventured into the Montparnasse area for the Gay Pride Parade. This took us on an almost 3-mile long walk in 100-degree weather, but the lively spirits and music were our motivation. We … Continue reading Around Paris in 48 hours

Running Away to Paris

Booking last minute trips to places all over is all fun, until you realize you have absolutely nothing set up besides the flight you bought and a place to stay. However, there’s adventure in uncertainty and spontaneity, and maybe that’s why these trips, and studying abroad in general, have been some of the best. This weekend, we decided to run away to Paris for a … Continue reading Running Away to Paris

Paris, I’m Ready. I Think?

Ah, Paris! The Eiffel Tower, wine, cheese, bread, and berets. Is that all my next few weeks will consist of? Ah, Paris! The Eiffel Tower, wine, cheese, bread, and berets. Is that all my next few weeks will consist of? Probably not. But maybe! My name is Alejandra, a second-year psychology major. I have considered myself a Francophile ever since I was a little girl, … Continue reading Paris, I’m Ready. I Think?

Marching Through Versailles

This past weekend, I embarked upon one of those bucket list adventures that is sure to land on every tourist’s list of Parisian to-do’s: Versailles. The Palace is rich in history and sits outside the western limits of Paris as a glorious monument to the magnificence of its commissioner, Louis XIV. If you know anything about Louis XIV, the infamous “roi du soleil” (“king of … Continue reading Marching Through Versailles