Host family?? I hope!!

So I leave soon!!!  I’m getting excited and nervous.  I had a (mini)conversation in French today and I’m scared. The first days will be rough until I remember everything and get into the right mindset

I’m still unaware of if I have a host family or not.  I will find out once I arrive in Paris (I mentioned before that I’ll be in a hotel at the beginning anyway).  If I have a host family, I’ll need to get them a gift.  If I don’t have a host family, I’ll have to find some use for the gift (remember I’m only taking one suitcase so space is tight).

Initially I thought maybe something like a Cornell shirt.  At the same time, I don’t know IF I have a family, and I definitely don’t know how many people, certainly not their shirt sizes, etc.  So that idea was quickly ruled out.  With the help of my mom and grandma, we decided something like food would be a great idea (Plus, if I end up not having a family I’ll just eat it).

And so, today I got some great items that represent where I’m from.  I first found some Finger Lakes Chocolate (If you don’t know what the Finger Lakes are, see Finger Lakes).  I chose two exotic flavors: chipotle chocolate and Earl Grey chocolate.  Then I found some great tea (originating from California) in a great Açaí green tea flavor.  Lastly I got some apple butter (originating from upstate NY as well).  I figured I could talk about all the great Apple culture at Cornell (fresh Cornell Apple Cider, apple orchards, apple cider doughnuts at the farmers market, Applefest).  All these great items I found at a nice local shop with a few branches called Ithaca Bakery.  So that was it, my gifts for the host family!

Meanwhile at the grocery store I picked up a box of granola bars as munchies on the plane and for my first few days incase the eating schedule and my jet lag don’t match up!  Also, here’s a fun article: this Guy had a special “attraction” to the Eiffel Tower.

Once I finish packing, I’ll post about my packing list and how I managed to fit it all in one suitcase!!!

Au Revoir!

Il reste une semaine!!!

So it’s time I finally learn all the skills I need to run this blog! I’m so grateful for William’s help setting all this up (and the super cool domain name).

Incase you are Franco-phobic, “La Fille à Paris”  translates to the girl in Paris.  Also, this phrase rhymes, in rough pronunciation: “l-AH fEE AH par-EE”

As the title of this post states, I have one week left! On Friday I’ll be leaving Ithaca and after a short detour to Connecticut and NYC I’ll be on my way to Paris! I’m a little nervous for the flight. I’m flying with Icelandair.  So my agenda is JFK to Reykjavik, Iceland to Paris (CDG).   I’m hoping the transfer in Iceland goes smoothly, this could be a major problem but we’ll see.

As far as preparations are going, I’ve started getting ready.  I got some euros from the bank.  I was surprised about the multiple levels of security the bank uses to ensure the foreign currency request was valid.  Additionally I’ve started packing.  I started making a packing list at the beginning of the summer, but I finally got the courage to get the suitcase out start filling it.  I’m about halfway packed with sweaters, pants, etc., meanwhile I packed the majority of my other belongings into boxes for storage over the semester.  I also bought two dictionaries!   Dictionnaire des difficultés de la langue française  and Dictionnaire des synonymes.  I figured these could be helpful over my career of learning French and writing competently.

I don’t know my living conditions in Paris yet.  The program I’m participating in is called EDUCO and is intended for Cornell, Duke, Emory, and Tulane students (the EDUCO is not from E(mory) DU(ke) CO(rnell), but actually stands for Educational Consortium).  The international students from Emory/Duke/Cornell/Tulane will be staying in a hotel before we go to our long-term stay conditions.  I’m actually totally for this.  I can’t imagine getting off a red-eye flight, getting lost on the trains, and ending up at my host family exhausted and unable to even think of the polite way to say things in French.  I’m so grateful that EDUCO sets us up in a hotel first!  En même temps, I wish I could if I got a host family, who’s in the family, where they’re located, etc.

To wrap up, even though I’ve started preparing, I still don’t feel the reality that I will be leaving the country.  It’s weird being at Cornell and watching all my friends go to class and not taking part.  I actually spent the past two days shadowing a podiatrist, both in surgery and in his outpatient office.  I found this a  great experience! I’m hoping get some medical experience in France as well!