A Taste of Parisian Life…. and Baguettes

I’ve Been in Paris for Just over 3 Days and am absolutely LOVING it!

When I first arrived i was met by two students of my host university ISC, Julien and Chloe, they were both really warm and welcoming, and laughed off the few communication barriers that came with knowing very little french and they knowing basic english.Having someone meet me at the airport took a heap of the stress out of things, being jet-lagged and in a foreign city was a bit disorienting, but they made it all that much easier, massive snaps to Julien who carried my suitcase through the metro system like a champ.

The Metro

The Metro

We took the metro to my new apartment where I met Chanez, the girl I was renting off. ¬†She took me on a bit of a tour around the area as well as introducing me to possibly the coolest cupcake shop EVER, with a ‘Dexter’ themed cake, this was followed by a compulsory stop in for a Baguette for lunch.

The most AMAZING glittery cupcakes, check the 'Dexter' one :)

The most AMAZING glittery cupcakes, check the ‘Dexter’ one ūüôā

So, now I’m living on the North West side of Paris, over the river Sein called Asniers. Housing here is very different that that of Australia because of the high population density, so space is at a premium and apartments are very small compared to home. My little studio apartment is very cute, especially now I’ve ¬†put up photo’s of friends and family, it feels much more homey.

The Markets on the Champs Elysees

The Markets on the Champs Elysees

The markets extend over the other side of the Chaps Elysee

The markets extend over the other side of the Chaps Elysee

The Arc

The Arc

The Champs Elysee is lined with designer stores and restaurants. Such a tease.

The Champs Elysee is lined with designer stores and restaurants. Such a tease.

I’m finally over jet lag and have ¬†started to explore the area a bit more, I went the the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. ¬†the street near the metro was brimming with food and gift stalls. The most AMAZING ¬†smells of hot chocolate, chilli, kababs, hot wine and roasting chestnuts, temptation ended up to much and I had to have some ūüôā

Technicolor macaroons!

Technicolor macaroons!

Me and the Arc, rugged up for the cold!

Me and the Arc, rugged up for the cold!

I ended up running into an Australian couple in line for some croque monsieur, a traditional french ham and grilled cheese sandwich, we ended up eating together, was the most random encounter, they were both travelling for uni and were telling me about their travels and experiences so far. Seems Aussies always seem to find each other in a crowd!

Drinking some amazing hot chocolate!

Drinking some amazing hot chocolate!

Now I’m looking forward to new years ever and hoping its not too cold!

Au Revoir!!

A Little French Adventure…

…or rather a BIG French adventure!

Incase you hadn’t guessed, my name is Emily, I am a student of Charles Sturt University and about to enter my third and final year of a Business Management Degree.¬†I’m also four sleeps away from spending 6 months in a foreign country where I barely speak the language and the only people I know, I know through facebook…. ‘holy crap’ is my general reaction.

Living in a foreign country has always been something I’ve talked about doing- I think everyone does- but when I was given the opportunity to do it while studying, I jumped at the chance and put an application in, thinking not much of it.¬†I chose Paris because i figured if i were going to live overseas I may as well throw in the added challenge of having to learn another language out of necessity, the central location to the rest of Europe and not to mention the mental image of drinking champagne under the Eiffel Tower.

So I’ve spent the last few months preparing for student exchange, going through the, at times tedious and frustrating formalities of Visa’s, booking flights and organising accommodation, but the reality of what I am doing is only rearing its head now- mixed feelings of being so excited I might explode, as well as nervous and a little scared..

I was asked to keep a blog of my experiences while I was away, and thought it would be a great way to keep family and friends up to date with what I am doing, while also acting as my own kind of diary.

I’ll be trying to update it as much as I can with photo’s, videos and posts about what I get up to while I am on this big adventure… some of which may be quite silly

In the mean time, I’m taking in as much sunshine and general Aussie-ness as I can before heading into a Parisian winter…

See you on the other side!

Excited to Finally get my French Visa!!!

Excited to finally get my French Visa!!!

 

 

 

Meeting the President of the University of Regina

Last Tuesday I got the fantastic¬†opportunity¬†of meeting the President of the University, Dr. Vianne Timmons. It was fantastic that she took time out of her busy schedule to sit down and have a brief chat. She was very interested in why I chose the U of R and how I enjoyed my time as an exchange student in Canada.¬†Her daughter is a ¬†student in New¬†Zealand at the moment so she knows¬†what¬†its like as a parent to have their child on the other side of the world. Dr Timmons and the University of Regina are strong advocates for student exchange; She believes in the educational and social¬†benefits¬†a student exchange program brings. I want to thank my parents for allowing me to have this great adventure. Its been a wonderful¬†opportunity¬†and it¬†couldn’t¬†have¬†happened¬†without their love and support.

Dr. Timmons gave me a University of Regina t-shirt and we snapped a quick picture. It was a real pleasure to meet with her.

Dr Timmons and I

Dr Timmons and I

The T-shirts

The T-shirts

Thanksgiving in Florida

Hello Followers!

Last week saw the passing of a long lasting American tradition, Thanksgiving. A few friends (from New Zealand, England and Nigeria) and I reluctantly passed up the opportunity to have an authentic Thanksgiving break to seek out theme park adventures in the heat of Orlando and Miami in Florida.

Our first days were spent at Orlando‚Äôs Universal Studios, where crowds were still surprisingly large considering that Thanksgiving is such a valued traditional family holiday. This meant we received no break in everlasting theme park lines. Something good about the lines however, was the fact that we could over hear many southern accents, the main thing I wanted to hear while visiting the south of the United States. The newest addition to Universal Studios in Orlando was the Harry Potter themed park; where muggles were dared to ride Harry Potter themed roller coasters, shop in stores identical to the ones shown in the movies, and drink authentic ‚ÄėButter Beer‚Äô. The Harry Potter section of the park was a clear standout from the rest of the park, and much of the time was spent there and on all of the big thrill rides.

Our next days were spent at Disney World, were much the same occurrences took place. Having visited Disneyland in California, Orlando‚Äôs version was much larger, with so much more to do. Disney World was made up of four different ‚Äėlands‚Äô that included the ever-popular Magic Kingdom, as well as Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom (yes a zoo) and finally Epcot, a park that was surprisingly amazing due to its imitations of several global cities and countries (Australia not included).

 The last day of our trip (the best day) featured a tour of the Everglades, South Beach Miami, and the city waterways of Miami. The Everglades tour was utterly amazing. The tour started with a walk through tour of a wildlife rescue zoo that gave us insight into the many animals of Florida, including the Black Panther, Cougar, Alligator and Crocodile. This section was ended with the opportunity to hold a baby alligator, an opportunity that I happily took up… It wasn’t as scary as I thought. We then pressed on down the highway towards Miami. As we entered the city limits, the Miami skyline made me cringe with excitement. As soon as I stepped of the bus I was in love. South Beach was amazing, and the area around the beach was also amazing. The art-deco buildings looked surreal, and the South American influence was exceptionally strong. I could help but feel familiar with the streets after watching numerous hours of Dexter.

 Our day in Miami ended with a boat tour around the harbour of Miami. As it was the afternoon, we were lucky to see the sun go down and see the bright city lights come to life. The tour pointed out several million dollar mansions owned by the rich and famous, the most renowned being the mansion featured in the movie Scarface. After eating Cuban food and watching Cuban dancing it was time to get back on the bus, then airplane and back into reality.

 Upon landing in Syracuse we were greeted with a large amount of snow, and since then, in the past week, it has snowed about three times. Many locals complain about the snow, but I definitely love it!

 It has come down to the last few weeks here in the United States for me. Many assignments and final exams lay ahead of me, so I better get to work… All the best!

S