Well, tomorrow is the big day! I can’t believe how fast it came up. I applied very late to the program (September) after I found out that London was not going to work out, and finally, after what feels like millions upon millions of phone calls, emails, Chicago road trips, applications, and random fees, I am finally on my way to do something extraordinary. Studying abroad is something I have always wanted to do…I can’t believe it’s happening now. It is a bit sooner than I expected (about a year), but the more I think about it, the better I feel about the timing. Had I waited another year, I would have already completed my French minor, and would have had no other classes to transfer back and count towards completion. Additionally, I think it’ll be easier not dealing with a lease and leaving right in the middle of my core education classes. Plus, I have already met some fabulous people 🙂 Let’s just say this semester is definitely going to be a trying one… Alright, to clear things up, I will be gone from tomorrow, January 21, 2010, until May 31, 2010. I will be buying a new phone when I get out there, but I do not advice trying to call or text.
In case I don’t have a chance to update, here’s the itinerary for the next few days:
• Leaving Wisconsin tomorrow at approximately 1:30 pm.
• Arriving in the lovely Chicago O’Hare Int. Airport @ 3:30 pm.
• Departing for Paris @ 6:28 pm.
• Arriving in Paris @ approximately 8:30 am.
• Then…I will be spending 5 days at a hotel in Paris with the group. We will be touring and sightseeing during the days, and our nights are free!!!
On January 27, we will be taking a 2 hour train ride to Caen, Normandy, which is where we will be staying. As I stated in my lower post, I am residing with a single mom and her three young children (2 girls, ages 13 & 5) and one boy (age 10). It is considered polite to arrive with gifts for the family, hopefully representing America & Wisconsin, with a taste of our own personality. As most of you know, my personality is quite unique. So, I tried to make my gifts the same way. For starters, I got them a jar of Peanut Butter!! They do not have that out there; if they do not eat it I will be sure to!!! Along with that I have added sour patch kids and Reese’s peanut butter cups (my foreign exchange student from Germany LOVED Reese’s; this is where I got the idea.) I also included a 2010 Calendar of Milwaukee and some Bath and Body Works products, a trendy handbag, and a Packers jersey. I’m quite content with the purchases. Hopefully they will be too.
Paris…j’arrive!! Tu m’as beaucoup manqué, ça fait longtemps.
For fun, pictures of me on first trip to France in 2007!
St. Malo, Bretagne 2007