Thanksgiving and The Beginning of Packing

November flew by so quickly – almost quicker than my flight to Paris. One of the high lights of this month was getting to celebrate Thanksgiving here in Paris even though it’s not a French holiday. Originally my brother was going to come visit me in Paris for Thanksgiving but due to the attacks our…

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First half of November

November has been a very interesting month. The Paris attacks have changed many things. I was in Place de République just the Thursday before with some friends. It’s strange to think that something like that can happen anywhere really at just a moment’s notice. Fortunately, I was not in Paris at the time of the…

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Last Week of October

This month has been crazy. First of all, fashion is officially over – and as someone interested in fashion who also plans to work in the industry, plus being in Paris for the holy grail of weeks out of the year, it was a lot to keep up with. The internship I have hear was…

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October Week 1

The first week of October has been very interesting. I’m starting to get a very good feel for all of my classes and how to handle the fact that they’re entirely in French. My Impressionism course would be too easy if it were in English, but the French art vocabulary is something I do not…

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Surviving and thriving in Paris

I’ve come to learn that a tourist visits Paris, a Parisian exists in Paris, and a transplant first survives and then thrives – under the right conditions. These conditions almost exclusively require an individual to have the characteristic of a very, very, very, very open minded, patient, willing to try new things, and mostly, remain…

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Arriving in Paris

Arriving in Paris The culture shock was as immediate as it was shocking. There was no secret to the fact that I had landed in a country far different from my home. I had been to Paris before, but I just don’t remember it being such a cultural tsunami. After being stopped at a security…

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Preparing for Paris

Preparing for Paris I thought I had it under control, but boy was I wrong. It was a little short of 6 or 7 weeks out from my trip and I realized that I needed to book an appointment with the French Consulate in my region. The first complication was that I wasn’t even in…

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