CHER PARIS,August 25, 2014
"Paris is always a good idea" and I couldn't agree more with Ms. Hepburn herself. Once upon a time... during my junior year of university, I decided that I wanted to study abroad once more (first time around was Shanghai, China) before it was time to "grow up" - aka graduate. I had no idea where to spend my spring semester. First, my mind told me to go to Vienna, Austria but then my heart was saying Paris, France. I've always been the type of person to take the road less traveled and thought it was très cliché to pick Paris because it one of the world's most visited cities. The City of Lights (la Ville Lumière), The City of Love or however you wanted to call it was going to be my home for 5 and a half months, and I couldn't have be happier with my decision to go abroad once more during my undergraduate years.
The city is filled life. There is always something to do whether it be a simple picnic at Jardin du Luxembourg or a crazy week of Paris Fashion Week. I lived in the 14th arrondissement (north part closest to the 5th and 6th) in a studio shoe box apartment with my roommate Suzanne. We could actually see the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper on our way to the nearest metro station, Raspail. Our apartment was tiny, but I loved how Parisienne it made me feel. I went to school at The American Business School Paris because there is a partnership with my university.
Whenever students "study abroad", there is little focus on the actual "study" part and more on the *entire abroad* experience. And by *entire abroad* experience, I mean trying new pastries every single day, learning to use the public transport, making lifelong friendships (special shoutout to Vidly and Suzanne), losing your train ticket and having to hide under the cabin seating - in the hopes of not getting caught and possibly getting thrown off the next stop, learning to make crêpes with a local crêpier (person who makes crepes) at their food stand, going thrifting after French class, nearly getting run over while using the Vélib (Paris's bicycle renting services, sneaking into Vivienne Westwood's fashion show at Paris Fashion week, experiencing your first proper fashion show Allude at Paris Fashion Week (not the one I snuck into), taking selfies with some of the world's top supermodels (Cara Delevingne and Daphne Groeneveld), having a casual chat about sneaking into the shows with the legendary photographer, Bill Cunningham - as for Paris Fashion Week the list could go on, being handed the set list by Wesley Schulz - lead singer of The Lumineers and the list goes on with one's personal abroad experience.
There is something very special to have had the opportunity to once call Paris my home (even for the short 5 months). I made new friends, create loads of unforgettable memories that I will cherish for a lifetime and of course grow into a better me. Those are all very cliché words but nevertheless true - I find it especially true whenever you put yourself in a completely new environment and take on new opportunities/ chances. I left a little (or rather large) piece of my heart in Paris and cannot wait until the next time we reunite.
- i love you guys <3
Check out my Paris videos | Paris, France and Life in Paris: Part One