New Beginnings?

Well finals started and then I took a trip to Spain and before I knew it I found myself back on the plane to go home for the holidays! And just like that my first semester studying abroad was over!

How did that happen?
How did that happen?

So I’ve spent the last 3 weeks reading English books, Netflix binge watching with my sister, and just generally spending time with my family.

My first semester studying abroad was great – not exactly what I expected, but still amazing nonetheless. I have to admit, it did get a little lonely at times (and I mean lonely for an introvert/ambivert) but I’ll chalk that up to not living in a dorm. I miss living with my friends terribly, but I just have to keep reminding myself that they will still be there for me in a year, whereas my next trip to Paris is quite undetermined after this year.

I got back to Paris two days ago and by a sad twist of fate I switched host families today and am now living in a giant apartment in the 16th arrondissement. It’s not as conveniently located as my last host family and I won’t have an awe-inspiring view of the Arc de Triomphe each time I go to the metro, but I’ll survive. (My budget will certainly be thankful that I no longer live off of the most expensive street in Paris!) The family has three kids who are all living away from home, but come back on the weekends. They range from 23 to 18 so hopefully it won’t be too difficult to get to know them!

Oh and also… my family has an ESPRESSO MAKER.

Real coffee!!!
Real coffee!!!

Essentially, I’ve been complaining about French coffee for the last 5 months since my last host mom had nothing but instant coffee. Which is fine if you’ve never tasted good coffee in your life. Or hate sugar.

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Classes for me don’t start until Monday, possibly… Not quite sure what classes I’ll be taking exactly, but I’ll keep you updated!

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