June 29, 2016
Oh mon dieu. Oh my gosh.
I can’t believe what my reality has become in this past week.
Strolling along the streets of Paris (the most romantic city in the world) waking up early and running through the picturesque Jardin Du Luxembourg, and most excitingly, working in a wonderful French organisation in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris. (Oh and I can’t forget to mention all the delectable wine and cheese I’ve been consuming recently too).
Life’s pretty lush right now if you ask me.
This opportunity came about thanks to my university offering an incredible immersive experience to work and study in Paris for 6 weeks. I wanted to apply last year but was too intimidated to do so, thank gosh I took the plunge this year!
So I was in Paris in February of this year celebrating my 21st birthday but it’s been a completely new experience for me this time round. Firstly, it’s summer – i.e. the most EXQUISITE time to be in Paris, and secondly, I’m living like a local – not a tourist.
It’s made a difference – fo sho. Oh and I happen to be going with some of the coolest people from my uni, so I guess that’s part of it too. (Hey Amelia + Darcy <3 )
So what’s there to love you ask? Where should I begin…
The people are divine, everyone who I have encountered is so open and welcoming. This is particularly due to my workplace… never have I been in a more pleasant office environment. And just today I presented my recommendations for the future strategy of a project that I’m working on, and it was so positively received, I couldn’t be more happy. Aside from that, even just in everyday interactions with locals, as I don’t speak French that well (but attempt to as much as I can) I feel like everyone is so patient, understanding and more than anything, happy to help wherever they can – so lovely!
The food and wine. Need I say more?
Probably definitely been consuming too much of this, but hey, it would be offence not to indulge in all that Paris has to offer – right?
The adventures had/to be had – given that it’s summer right now, the sun doesn’t set until 10.30pm and when a bunch of big eyed bushy tailed Aussie students get together, that means the adventures start when the sun comes up and don’t stop until long after the sun has gone down. The weekend past for example, was full of activities like: bike riding through Versaille, tracking to beautiful cafes through Paris, Notre Dam visits, picnics in Jardin Du Luxembourg and late night red wine rendezvous with the best people to name just a few adventures that we had… how delightful, right. I wonder what next weekend will entail for us, more Paris summer adventures no doubt!
The best part about this whole thing is that we have such a unique opportunity to experience all of what Paris to offer – it definitely wouldn’t be the same if I was just staying here for a week in a hotel. Moreover, I’m with a completely new group of people which has made me do things out completely of my comfort zone (in the best way possible). I must say, it’s easy just to sleep in everyday, and every weekend turn to Netflix, but avoiding all that distraction has made such an incredible impact on my time here, and I urge anyone travelling to get out there as much as possible.
Now this statement might have something to do with all the tea I’ve consumed today (fire alarm went off last night, I’m living in student accommodation, I should expect it) but I honestly believe this trip is life changing and if an opportunity is presented to you that scares the crap out of you, well then you should definitely take it.
Until next time,