Here are some photos from the bus tour, sorry they’re taken out of a bus! I would upload more but the hotel internet is slow
I waited in my room, met my lovely roommate, and we went to orientation. After a short meet and greet, we embarked on a 2 hour bus tour of paris (in French of course). Exhausted, but I saw the lovely sights of Paris.
Upon returning to the hotel I had the most daunting task of all: calling my host family. I hate talking on the phone. I hate talking on the phone in English, now I have to do it with a local Parisien in French!? Well I was shaking and talked super fast, and misunderstood parts, but the host family offered to come pick me up tomorrow! I’m super stoked about that. However, I accidentally said my class ended at 18:00 , when it’s really 16:00, but by the time I get to the hotel it will be around 17:00 so I can just wait for a little.
I met some lovely girls from Tulane and a friend from Cornell and we went out to a close French café and had dinner. I had something of a piece of country bread, with about 5 different types of cheeses, with sun dried tomatoes and pesto on top and a side salad and fries. It was delicious, especially for being the first real meal in 24 hours!
Tomorrow morning orientation starts. After a 30 min metro ride finding the office, we get a briefing on day to day life, living with a host family, etc before lunch. I’m going to try to buy a notebook and a phone during lunch. Then we have a 3 hour long French intensive course after lunch everyday for the next week. I got placed in level 3 of 4. We don’t exactly know what the levels mean, but from what I can tell, I think I’m in the second highest level so I feel pleased.
The couch turned into two single beds, my roommate and I spent a half hour figuring that one out. The shower is beyond confusing and without a door or curtain, just a sort of shield, and the mechanism to switch from tub to head was impossible. I’m glad I’m only staying here one night–it’s confusing!