Bonjour de France!

Poor little neglected blog.

I bid adieu to Paros on September 6th...
...spent 20 hours in Athens (mostly sleeping at my hostel and sitting in the airport, although I did climb the Acropolis hill!)
 
...and landed in Paris on September 7th.  French dorms are definitely a step up from T-hall...I have a large single with a balcony, tons of closet space, and share a shower with one other girl.  See yah sharing a bathroom with 24 people!  Plus there's a cleaning & linen service.  It's a little ridiculous.  The toilets are down the hall and are unisex--2 urinals, 2 stalls.  Boy Meets World, anyone?  I have yet to have an encounter with anyone in it, but I'll let you know when the awkward moment happens.
View over the balcony from my desk!
Today was mostly spent in orientation (less valuable information yet so much more confusing than American orientations), but I feel like I'm finally starting to get my bearings after being here for a little over 2 days.  As a non-French speaker, I do a lot of smiling and nodding and am glad to have French-speaking friends that have been kind enough to translate for me.  Not knowing the language makes me feel both frustrated and like a dumb American...so much for the previous exchange students saying I didn't need to know French to come here.  I'm hoping things will get better once classes start since I'll have a French language course and the rest of my classes will be in English.  Going through this though has made me determined to learn as much French as possible while I'm here as well as to continue when I'm back in the States until I'm fluent.

The highlight of the day was trail running in the rain (it rains a lot here).  Goal for next time: get mud further up my legs.  I was a little disappointed that it didn't even reach the back of my knees today.

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