Friday, 13 October 2017

Bienvenue à Paris

Welcome Back!

I know it has been a while and I know I owe you all avid readers a huge apology for the silence the past month, so sorry!

As you might be able to tell, I have finally moved to Paris! After months of huffing and puffing, to-ing and fro-ing and winding literally ALL of my friends up with my indecisiveness and then my completely overwhelming nerves the week before I left, I finally made it here and have somewhat been settled in the month that I've been here - I can't believe it's been that long already.

Walk to The American Library in Paris, Sunday morning
Paris itself is amazing and beautiful and sexy as hell if a city can be all those things. I walk out my front door and in one direction is the Place des Victoires, in the other direction is the pyramids of the Louvre, all within a 2-minute walk. There is a boulangerie around every corner and the Seine is a stone's throw away. Although Paris is not all romance and baguettes, its pretty close - my walk to uni takes me through the Louvre, the Tuileries, across the Seine, right past the Musée d'Orsay, how this is normal?!

Vive la France!

While it has taken a while to adjust to life in France, and there are definitely a few little things I miss about the UK (Dairy Milk, cheddar cheese, fresh fruit and veg that doesn't cost a fortune), it's not so bad here. One thing I love is that I get the chance to practise my French - I am no way near fluent and doubt that will happen anytime soon, but it is great to most of the time be able to understand people and at least attempt to respond - although this can also backfire when I can't understand someone and really need to - so don't underestimate the power of hand signals and body language at times! I hope that my French will be better by the time my course is finished, but that does take effort as I spend much more of my life in English than I thought I would.  My flatmates are English, my course is in English, my uni is English and my friends are all English-speaking because it is our common it will take a bit of effort on my part, but I'm gonna keep at it.

Walk to Uni
I'm back home next weekend which I'm actually really looking forward to, but I know Paris will still be here when I get back - and so will the mountain of work that a Masters degree seems to require - shocking, eh? International Relations is a completely new subject for me which makes it slightly harder to catch up on things like theories and concepts, but I do enjoy the change of pace from undergrad life - however, I am now 100% sure that at the end of this masters I will be done with education for a while - yet still not time to hit the real world I think!

I'll try and be more regular with my posts from now on, all probably unapologetically Paris themed. Let me know if there is anything you want to know about Paris or want me to write about, otherwise, you can look forward to another Paris post hopefully by the end of next week!

Have a good week my loves!

Lots of Love, Kate xxx

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