Conclusions, thoughts, impressions, n’importe quoi..

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Salut mes chers lecteurs ! (That is if you’re still reading this thing :p)

Yes, it has been over two months since I’ve settled back into the parents’ nest, and school.

Yes, I am aware that this is probably the latest any returnee has concluded his/her blog after such a life-changing adventure.

And yes, I AM indeed happy to be home, it just took me a while to realise it.

Not to put out any excuses or anything but I arrived the weekend of my return to school here in the US so i didn’t have much time to fix my sleeping/eating patterns, let alone prepare for my second-to-last term at UC Irvine. And here I am now, Spring break mind you, and preparing for my very last term of college ever, for a little while.

A LOT has happened since my return, but I’ll stick to protocol and discuss all things relative, for your sake and that I don’t end up rambling endlessly (kinda like i am now ..)

OKAY 🙂 so initial and quite immediate changes within the first couple of days..lets just say this is what my roommates had to deal with from me & i am forever thankful for their patience..hah! :

1. SLEEP

Now just like any other college student, I would sleep after midnight before this trip. Even in France an early school night would have a bedtime of about 2h00 (AM). and usually because I would either go out (sorry mom), binge-stream some new favourite shows (I’m still waiting for the second season of ‘Devious Maids’ to come out this summer..) and a late-night Grec run! The jet lag hit me hard after coming back, and while mixed with classes, it took me about 2 weeks to get rid of it.

*note on Grecs – these are just THE best greek sandwiches turned-french I’ve ever tasted. Not to mention, the ‘bread’ was actually a savoury crepe sometimes! My favourite place is on Rue Mouffetard (student district) called ‘Au petit grec’ !

2. HUNGER
This was probably due to the fact that my body was used to eating lunch in Paris when I was supposed to be sleeping in LA. Luckily, I’d be too tired to cook the first couple of days and jet lag had me in bed by 9:30/10PM. Its actually a new habit that I dont mind anymore (i know, so cool).

3. SHOCK
…or something similar to this word, I just don’t know a word less intense than this one. Going from an environment of 24/7 French around me in TV, music, class, friends, and family it was actually harder than i thought to come back and go to 24/7 English. Let’s just say you won’t realise that French became a reflex until you leave your second home. So half the time I would just sit in my apartment figuring out how to organise my time and plan out my post-grad plans..As this will definitely lead to…

4. FRUSTRATION
Now its not as bad as it seems, but not being able to speak french as much was weirdly frustrating for me in the beginning since i had wired my brain with it for the last 5 months. I even forgot some english words in the beginning, but I foresaw this problem while registering for classes in France and ended up in 2 french classes in LA after my trip.
* Definitely something i recommend for those of you who want to continue learning and practicing your host country’s language after you come back!

Another source of frustration was that I (personally) had missed a bunch of moments related to family and friends while i was gone. My moms birthday, for one, and the whole holiday season..good thing i had my mom save me a stash of candy corn from halloween (no they don’t go bad!). One of my dearest family friends also went through a personal loss that I couldn’t be there for, and though I do not wish that upon anyone, there really is no way to prepare for things like this while abroad.

5. ACCEPTANCE
Okay, now this is starting to sound like a recovering alcoholic’s blog…but really I think i DID go through some denial and reverse homesickness up until the one month mark, then I dove into things like research and netflix to keep me busy !

Let’s be real though, I still buy myself the occasional Brie and wine (now that I’m legal!).. now and then, and I’m proud of it!

I guess the best piece of advice I could be giving about ‘dealing’ with the return is that there really is no ONE way to “deal with it.”

But I do have some tips on how to keep yourself happy without annoying your friends who have to hear the same stories over and over again (hahaha):

1. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge that all of that JUST happened, even if you have to go through your photos in your computer with tissues in hand — take that time for yourself to cement those memories into your head (on YOUR own time). True story.

2. When people ask for stories, TELL them your stories. (Hint: it may be your only chance!)

3. You don’t HAVE to go back to the habits and routines you had before you left. That’s the beauty of the new perspective you gain from all that travelling!

4. “You win some, you lose some.” Meaning friends who you may have been in touch with before have completely ‘disappeared’ upon your return, and that is completely normal. You’ll figure it out.

5. If you had friends abroad with you and they seem to be assimilating more quickly than you, don’t force yourself to speed up your process. Be true to your own and the time will come when you’re ALL back on the same page. =)

6. Yes. It is okay to cry.

7. No, it is not okay to hate on your own country (now that you’ve seen several others with better transportation systems). Embrace the fact that you have experienced diversity and instead of being critical, analyse what the differences are and keep THAT opinion to yourself. Yes, I speak from experience.

8. And finally…be PROUD of everything you accomplished abroad AND back home. It’s not easy to adjust as quickly as you are expected to and be hopeful that you will go back one day. Because, come on, we’re all going back right?

So I’m not sure if I’m supposed to (remember I suck at this blogging stuff..) but I would like to give you all who read this a HUGE thank you! For dealing with the ramblings and such.. 🙂 Hope you all are either enjoying your time abroad/time back home/preparations to go and again if you have ANY questions about anything, go ahead and email me at:

lora.karch@gmail.com

Who knows, I may just have to come back on here one day for my next adventure.. =)

-Xx.

Your journey has molded you for the greater good. It was EXACTLY what it needed to be. Don’t think you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.

Last-minute photos: [aka my favourite moments, people, places all into ONE!]

Sundays at the Panthéon

Sundays at the Panthéon

probably posted this a million times, but... CHEESE</3

probably posted this a million times, but… CHEESE

San Sebastian, Spain outtake

San Sebastian, Spain outtake

San sébastian (view from the 'Jesus statue')

San sébastian (view from the ‘Jesus statue’)

On my way back from Spain, I had a stop at Irun which turned to be a kind of 'no-man's land' between France and Spain.. and even the blvd. was named after an ex-french president. thought it was pretty cool at the time while i explored the place =)

On my way back from Spain, I had a stop at Irun gate[station] which turned to be a kind of ‘no-man’s land’ between France and Spain.. and even the blvd. was named after an ex-french president. thought it was pretty cool at the time while i explored the place =)

forever one of my favourite moments/nights .. behold our hostel's elevator LOL

forever one of my favourite moments/nights .. behold our hostel’s elevator LOL

the Jesus statue hahah

the Jesus statue hahah

Napoleons castle though.. (Spain)

Napoleons castle though.. (Spain)

Napoleon's castle overlooking the beach

Napoleon’s castle overlooking the beach

ned a being artsy on our trip

ned a being artsy on our trip

castle walls

castle walls

boats parties be like...

boats parties be like…

determined to watch this musical!

determined to watch this musical!

back to those jogs around my neighbourhood =)

back to those jogs around my neighbourhood =)

Wanderlust view blocked by the best ladies..xx

Wanderlust view blocked by the best ladies..xx

this reminds me of how many times my phone would die [at least once a day].. took this before the battery went out again at the Mouffetard hehe

this reminds me of how many times my phone would die [at least once a day].. took this before the battery went out again 30 secs later at the Mouffetard hehe

up close and personal with wanderlust's DJ ;)

up close and personal with wanderlust’s DJ 😉

I still can't believe I went to mass at the Notre Dame almost every sunday <3

I still can’t believe I went to mass at the Notre Dame almost every sunday ❤

top of the mornin'!.. and the Arc de Triomphe :)

top of the mornin’!.. and the Arc de Triomphe 🙂

ScPo was diverse

ScPo was diverse

the appropriate way to act in an underground tomb...

the appropriate way to act in an underground tomb…

Sacre Coeur quartier

Sacre Coeur quartier

near Sacre Coeur views by the river!

near Sacre Coeur views by the river!

forever my favourite running route xx

forever my favourite running route xx

one of my favourite places

one of my favourite places

more markets

more markets

i crashed many birthdays =)

i crashed many birthdays k

love this lady <3

love this lady ❤

and these my friends...are the famous Grecs :)

and these my friends…are the famous Grecs, week 1 with my brotha 🙂

my home during the  very first week!

my home during the very first week!

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Holiday post

coucou mes chères abonnements!

As promised, the holiday post, and the busiest one of the season it is! SciencesPo refuses to give out grades apparently so Im going to have to wait on that (not complaining though) but here’s what i’m up to  lately as im saying googbye to my favorite city & favorite home <3.

PS they will be a bit out of order :p your girl’s gotta shop for New Year peeps!

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Amsterdam

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Roadtripped to Dijon to meet Hedwig!

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Dijon Christmas markets (really that’s all you do here during the holidays, not complaining :p )

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HD Diner in Paris.. best milkshake I’ve ever tasted!

Hint: get the Nutella!

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Holiday desserts! (homemade Baklava)

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Plat du fromage is a thing here. (my newest addiction)

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IMG_3984  More Christmas market at Reims 🙂 it snowed for 7 minutes ❤

IMG_3996  more Disney!

IMG_3986 <- Reims, France

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So my favorite part about the holidays is that they all go out and buy REAL Christmas trees, and most of them are about double my size

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Weather on our way to Dijon, and pretty much everyday

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Dijon

IMG_3771 <- Mairie de DijonIMG_3777 <- Musée near Notre Dame de Dijon:

IMG_3785 IMG_3793 Patinoire aka an ice skating rink right in front of the city hall in Dijon

IMG_3794  Dijon’s official symbol is the owl. We met one that day. Bonus: I had my favorite owl necklace on without knowing this fact <3.

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most of the streets of Dijon looked like this

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Amsterdam:

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casual…^^

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Dijon’s ferris wheel in the middle of the Christmas markets !

The past 24 hours I had been suffering from a stomach bug, but my immune system decided to kick in to gear today. Which means time to say goodbye to Paris through the best way I know! Velib’ time 🙂

PS. I have never been so happy and thankful as this, and i owe it to my beautiful family here that did the impossible to make it happen! So a HUGE THANK YOU TO THEM. The study abroad adventure is almost over, but the life of discovery is just beginning. I’ll admit I can’t wait to see my family at home as well <3. Stay warm, and stay lovely friends.

I will leave you with one of my favorites from Napoleon Bonaparte.

– Xx LRK

Impossible, c’est pas Française.

Quelle Bêtise ! [aka SORRY for the uncalled-for hiatus]

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Coucouuuu !

Could I just begin by saying that it does not feel like it’s been a month since I’ve been on this thing?! Leave it to me to come back to blogging the night before my last final…I still can’t believe SciencesPo is really over. All i’m going to say is it was the biggest love-hate relationship i’ve had, aside from Nutella. Feels like yesterday I was asking what I got myself into. Despite the ups and downs of this semester I can’t help but give another cliché and say im thankful for the difficult times more than the good (in a sense)..and you’ve probably already read this somewhere ….but because it really does do a character good.

So I have many good reasons for not being able to update this thing, one of them being the fact that in the past two weeks ONLY I’ve had to complete:

– 2 presentations

– 1 (premature) final

– 4 papers / 7-10 pages each (yes you read that right)

-..and one literature critique [still don’t know what that serves for exactly]

I’d like to take a moment and thank the loving wine, brie and the rain for encouraging me to pull endless all nighters [yes you do that here too UC students..] and my ever-so-patient family for dealing with my MIA-ness. Although I still have to call my parents..its been a week of no contact :(. Anywhooo, my time is sadly coming to an end here, but I’m not going to talk about that because I am swallowing the huge lump in my throat just thinking about the L-word (“leaving”).

I have thought about this post and the eventual last one for days now and have decided to quit trying to put Paris into words anymore, so I’ll stick to showing you 🙂 There WILL be a holiday post, i assure you. I have a billion of photos of the Christmas markets at the Champs already and all the déco isn’t even up yet!

For now, enjoy this photo of my walk to the metro from my night class. This is one of my favorite [probably my favorite though] places to go anytime I am free or just need a walk.

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Before the horrible hell month of Sciences Po there were beautiful times, where I was lucky enough to go to London & Stockholm, Sweden to visit my Syrian family who was forced to refugee there. It was an unexplainable experience and I am thankful they are just fine! Ill put pictures up this weekend!

– A tout! (aka sometime after finals..and a huuuge nap, and when I’m ready to say goodbye to my second home, probably never..)

And don’t forget to always, ALWAYS:

 Take chances. Ask questions. Make mistakes. Learn. Know you’re worth. Love fiercely. Forgive quickly. Let go of what doesn’t make you happy. GROW.

– Xx.

Mid-semester reflections (i know, tacky..)

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Bonsoir tout le monde !!

So like I promised here are the photos I’ve got for you for the last 2 weeks or so. I’ve got two papers to work on for the rest of the night, and a HUGE day tomorrow, so I’ll just leave these here 🙂 —

Best. Seafood. Ever. (Snails, shrimp, mussels, oysters)

Best. Seafood. Ever. (Snails, shrimp, mussels, oysters. The after photo.)

Homemade Pumpkin pie. It pays to have a Betty Crocker as a cousin <3

Homemade Pumpkin pie. It pays to have a Betty Crocker as a cousin ❤

Halloween cupcakes and candies!

Halloween cupcakes and brownies!

The french don't really have a halloween, but we hosted a party anyway. This was my proudest work that night :p

The french don’t really have a halloween, but we hosted a party anyway. This was my proudest work that night :p

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Parc Asterix for Halloween - dolphin show

Parc Asterix for Halloween – dolphin show

Asterix Haunted house - before the chainsaw dude chased us out..

Asterix Haunted house – before the chainsaw dude chased us out..

STEPH VISITED MEEEEEEE :) <3

STEPH VISITED MEEEEEEE 🙂 ❤

Steph's visit -- Pont des Arts, aka love lock bridge

Steph’s visit — Pont des Arts, aka love lock bridge

One other thing, though. If any of you future study-abroaders are worried that this would ‘take away’ from you college experience, or ruin your academics by putting you behind, THIS IS A MISTAKE. It is the contraire, and one big piece of advice i WILL drill you with on here is that you should listen to what YOU want to do. And educate yourself about how you could make your classes count during your excursion. It is completely worth it and will actually ADD to your academic experience and resume for later use.

If it’s one thing Paris has taught me, and has been for years now, is that life takes care of itself. Stress, worry or whatever else you have in your head does not need to be there in the first place. Every time I come here I learn something new about myself. We really are capable of more and ARE extraordinary beings.

Paris is also a city that teaches you how to have a life FOR yourself. Not TO yourself. Those are two different things. I’ve heard people in my program complain one too many times about not making the same amount of friends as other people, or not having the same experiences as their friends when they did the program. There are two types of people, from what I’ve gathered here. Those who are afraid to be alone and simply haven’t tried it & those who are always alone and avoid others. France creates both types of people in one. Or so I think it does if we play it right. Those who like being alone could find a balance between both lives by embracing the ‘me-time’ and could always find something to do when they need a taste of the other side. And vice versa for the sociable folks. That’s the one difference I am falling in love with here; there is ALWAYS something to do, and people with open arms when you do it. So there is no worry in the back of your mind that you’re missing out, because the truth is we are not here for long and want to make the most out of it. Sometimes the most out of it means making the most out of yourself. And if it means embracing both lives, it’s worth the try.

And that’s my histoire mélangée for the day! Hope you enjoyed the photos. I’ll be back VERY soon, I’ve got a big weekend. 😉

– LRK Xx

Remember :

For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes.

that’s cool.

So i’m in the middle of an 8AM and my friends & I just found out our Lit professor is an author. AND a literary critic…through his WIKIPEDIA page. No pressure for judging our papers or anything…ok SciencesPo you win again.

We have about three more weeks of class and we have absolutely NOTHING in our grades, and he just decided to mention that we have a presentation as well as a paper.

But he won’t give us the subjects that we need to do them on, so again, lost. We’re practically bonding over this though, so no complaining here..hahaha

Okay enough rants for you. It’s too early in the week for this.

Also, this to brighten up this beautiful rain (JK though i am loving this weather =]). Shoutout to the Christmas decorations that have begun since Halloween. Feeling a little surreal again that I’m spending my first holiday break away from home. Bring on the eggnog and liver!

– LRK Xx

P.S. ill empty out my photo library on here soon!

 The best day of your life is the day you find out why.

The post when you realise you’re halfway done, and intense denial sets in.

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Bonjour from me and my double café on a beautiful Tuesday night, studying…and maybe watching my new addiction The Mentalist with my uncle and aunt under a blanket.. (this is so Californian of me, but I can’t handle 10 degrees celsius okay..)

Anyways shoutout to the followers on here, hope it doesn’t get too boring for you :p anyway feel free to ask questions, blah blah you get the drill 🙂

Now. I may not have travelled farther than Versailles this Fall Break, but Paris is somehow becoming even more charming than it was in the beginning. Something about this city. I also spent the week preparing for a family event on Saturday which also turned out to be one of the best nights I’ve spent here. Shoutout to the beautiful couple ;).

Anywaysssss, here’s some news from the past week – 10 days.

Monday was Versailles! The Palace was closed (Mondays are the true lazy days, apparently) but me and a friend found ways to entertain ourselves in exploring the gardens all around it. Not to mention the heavenly crêpes that we devoured in about 30 seconds.

Tuesday was great. I got SOME work done.. find the keyword there.

Wednesday brought upon us the Invalides and the tomb of Napoleon. It was cool. And then it got better once we grabbed a couple of falafel sandwiches from the most popular place in Paris and did some vintage shopping in the Marais neighbourhood right after! Let’s just say I’m definitely going back.

Thursday through Saturday (and Sunday) have been centred around family, and I couldn’t be happier 🙂 Although I was supposed to go on a day trip to Fontainebleu region today, I guess I’ll just have to plan it for some other time! I got the Opéra out of the way though.

Okay, procrastination sesh over.. sorry guys but I am a bit behind on my thesis work. And I have a feeling Neda hates me for it 😛 (she’s in the same class, and hopefully hasn’t already dropped haha)

So HAPPY SUNDAYYYY (even though it’s tuesday..). And have a great week, it’s going to be a long one! Time to get back into the zone.

There’s also no such thing as Halloween or Thanksgiving here, so I’m skipping a bunch of traditions.. Aka pumpkin pie and candy corn so SOMEONE PLEASE save me some in their attic. 😦 I’ll pay double for it when I get back. Serious Inquiry… lol

The next 2 months will consist of complaints about 3 papers, 1 analysation, 1 presentation and 2 finals. You’re lucky you’re beautiful, France. I don’t even know how to read my exam schedule..here’s the link, so let me know if you all do haha :

http://formation.sciences-po.fr/sites/default/files/calendrier_examens_automne.pdf

BRB, London is calling. And a possible PSG match next month. Oh and my coffee, thesis paper & JB Christmas playlist, too. Three of my favoritest things <3.

Happy almost Holidays, friends! Xx

THIS WEEK’S PHOTOS:

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Opera (lookup the j'adore dior commercial on youtube!)

Opera (lookup the j’adore dior commercial on youtube!)

Napoleon's Tomb [stainglass window]

Napoleon’s Tomb [stainglass window]

Napoleon's Tomb [chapel]

Napoleon’s Tomb [chapel]

NApoleon's [actual] tomb :)

Napoleon’s [actual] tomb 🙂

sometimes I go for a walk in my neighbourhood.. all the time it is beautiful.. :)

sometimes I go for a walk in my neighbourhood.. all times it is beautiful.. 🙂

the best 30 minutes of that night.. how am i going to go back to lame old panda express?

the best 30 minutes of that night.. how am i going to go back to lame old panda express?

a new habit i will never even try to break <3

a new habit i will never even try to break ❤

Versailles Gardens (what real Fall looks like)

Versailles Gardens (what real Fall looks like)

Samar and I in Versailles!

Samar and I in Versailles!

Marie Antoinette's cottage; they say it's haunted!

Marie Antoinette’s cottage; they say it’s haunted!

Palais de Versailles [it was a 'monday' - that's french for 'closed']

Palais de Versailles [it was a ‘monday’ – that’s french for ‘closed’]

Statue de Napoleon

Statue de Napoleon

Pantheon

Pantheon

Pantheon - where many like Marie Curie and Victor Hugo are laying

Pantheon – where many like Marie Curie and Victor Hugo are laying

À tout les gars !

– LRK

In Water one sees one’s own face; but in Wine one beholds the heart of another.

[French Proverb]

#LatePost (Belgium & Spain)

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I’m just going to insert an apology in the beginning of every post from now on, okay 🙂 So take this as an IM SORRY (again) for being like two weeks late for my first trip outside of France..

Sooooooo.. Belgium was something else 🙂 Me and my cousin decided last minute that we wanted it to be a road trip, so we took the car, a couple of coffees and were on our way to Brugge! I’ll just show you rather than talk too much, enjoy!!

Canals

Canals

Canals

Canals

local street

local street

turns out it was too small of a village to get lost :)

turns out it was too small of a village to get lost 🙂

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Centre Ville - center of the city

Centre Ville – center of the city

my favorite spot :)

my favorite spot 🙂

City Hall!

City Hall!

first level from the main Cathedral (we climbed all the way up to the bells, in boot heels..it was magical)

first level from the main Cathedral (we climbed all the way up to the bells, in boot heels..it was magical)

i guess the locals were welcoming :)

i guess the locals were welcoming 🙂

my own personal postcard

my own personal postcard

yes. we had the waffles (with the other popular trucs : belgian fries, beer and yogurt)

yes. we had the waffles (with the other popular trucs : belgian fries, beer and yogurt)

waiting for Belle and Gaston to come out.. (Main Cathedral in the back!)

waiting for Belle and Gaston to come out.. (Main Cathedral in the back!)

Next up was my visit to Spain and my fellow European sister Neda in SAN SEBASTIAN. Again, I’ll let the pictures do the talking (mostly because I really need to begin my honors topic/thesis..there are too many stories to tell so I’ll save them for later!) ‘Twas a TON of fun, nonetheless 😉

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Chillin’ in the Caspian..no really it was freezing

morning stroll along the coast

morning stroll along the coast

tourists by day, Tapas by night !

tourists by day, Tapas by night !

On top of the Napoleon Bonaparte fortress during World War I (aka the subject of my first presentation; it was unreal!)

On top of the Napoleon Bonaparte fortress during World War I (aka the subject of my first presentation in class; it was unreal!)

We made it to the Jesus statue ;)

We made it to the Jesus statue 😉

lets pretend i was pondering the war that was fought on this very ground at the edge of the sea (aka making sure there are no snakes around)

lets pretend i was pondering the war that was fought on this very ground at the edge of the sea.. (aka making sure there are no snakes around)

she's alright..

she’s alright..

jk look at this cutie.. the trek to the top

jk look at this cutie.. the trek to the top

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hey San Sebastian can I have my heart back..

hey San Sebastian can I have my heart back..

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Cathedrals everywhere.

Cathedrals everywhere.

reunions give me the feels

reunions give me the feels

When I realised Harry, Ron and Hermione were probably in the next car..

When I realised Harry, Ron and Hermione were probably in the next car..

These two countries are almost polar opposites, but gave me the same liberating feeling of independence. Again, I am INCREDIBLY lucky to be on this trip, and will make sure to make the most of it..all while taking every educational opportunity I can while I’m here. Who knows? I may be back after all..

K BRB, just booked an AirFrance for Sweden.. & it’s going to be a special one 🙂

– Xo LRK

P.S: – Confucius –

And remember – no matter where you go, there you are.

Week five and STILL alive..

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Wait a minute..

where did weeks 1-4 go?? There’s no such thing as time in Paris. Exams are already coming up!

This weekend wasn’t as filled with new stuff since my family’s other side visited, but it was fun nonetheless!

best flatbread pizza ever - Alsacien :)

best flatbread pizza ever – Alsacien 🙂

my first time having ice cream for over a month - best 20 seconds of my life.

my first time having ice cream for over a month – best 20 seconds of my life.

Friday night was a trip to the rooftop bar in wanderlust right on the river.. and my was it nice! Before that I had to meet up with my partner in french class to go see the site we have to present on the following week. We got the Cimitiere Montparnasse; a cemetery where mostly famous families are buried.

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entrance

entrance

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I spent the rest of my weekend working then Saturday night took a break at the Champs-élysées to have dinner. Of course a trip to the Eiffel Tower at midnight was included :).

Sunday was filled with a great family day and a movie night right after (malificient is GOOD!)

Monday was probably the most productive day for school I’ve had so far!

Tuesday:

You never know what school in France really means until you have a full day from 8am-5pm. Nonstop. No lunch. No breaks. Just lectures.

There also was an official terrorism warning sent out the past couple of days due to ISIS threats. I have to admit we ignore stuff like that until you have one of your professors telling you to take the safest line home. I was dead tired that day but I did notice a whole army of state cops at most stations. I think I’ve finally found a thesis topic for back home..

Wednesday began with a good nights sleep and a security warning at Chatelet, the station I change my trains. Apart for the usual 30 minutes it took me an hour to get to class..I was early though since I had to practice my expose with my partner before we presented that day. Those things never end -_-.

This morning I also realized my Navigo pass for the metro wasn’t working..then I realized it’s the first of the month and I forgot to renew it. Yay me! Luckily a nice old man noticed and told me to sneak past the turnstiles with him. I will forever be in his debt! Not to mention another helpful lad on the way back who didn’t think twice and quickly pulled me across with him. Who said the french were mean again?

Wednesday:

Today was my third or fourth exposé..I don’t know I’m starting to lose count.. Haha but I also had a rendez-vous with my program director which reassured me a bit, grade wise! I also got to see Place de la Bastille on the way there. Good day.

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Thursday:

So the Navigo situation still isn’t on my good side. This city has me hating two of my newest pet peeves: metro tickets and tourists. Ugh..tourists. I hear that’s the official threshold us foreign students have to cross in order to be officially Parisian. I thought i’d be a bit more excited about it, but really…. tourists. :p

I also had a night class at 7 until 9 then me and a couple of my welcome program friends met up for a school boat party. Since I missed the first I thought I should go to this one. I definitely do not regret it!

Week 6.. I’m ready for you! Not the nonstop rain though, so I’d appreciate it if you kept me dry at 6am this Tuesday morning, k thanks.

Photos:

Bleu Blanc Boat party - i asked for one of my friends for a picture..this happened

Bleu Blanc Boat party – i asked one of my friends for a picture..this happened

WP crewww old and new :)

WP crewww old and new 🙂

:)

🙂

Gilbert Jeune - 4 floors of french novel happiness

Gilbert Jeune – 4 floors of french novel happiness

Pont Saint Michel - hundreds of love stories on one bridge :)

Pont Saint Michel – hundreds of love stories on one bridge 🙂

Me and my cousin decided to do a day trip to BELGIUM this weekend. Separate post/pics soon. Finally added another country to my list 🙂

Cheers! I’ll leave you with one of my all-time favorite citations (R.M. Drake). Xx

– LRK

Don’t think. It complicates things. Just feel, and if it feels like home, follow it’s path.

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Bonsoir tout le mooooonde 🙂 (hello everyoooooone lol)
It’s Thursday. Just finished my night class. Which is my official favorite now only because I get to see a sunset AND The heart of the city by night at the official start of my weekend. I’m happy ok. This city does things to you..all good things. Hahaha k moving on..

But I also suck because I’m a week and a half late on updating this thing..I apologize truly.. Not that y’all were on eggs waiting for the next post or anything. For you future study abroaders out there, it really IS difficult to did time to properly update posts. Sorry! I didn’t believe it at first either.. Any wayssss to make up for my horrible horrible crime I’ll tell you what I’ve been up to for the past week(s) through some photos! This is mostly for my little sister out there (shoutout to my cece!!). Let’s just say it’s been busy, okay.. Enjoy!!! 🙂

P.S. Sorry they’re a bit jumbled..if that’s still a word… I’m losing at english a lot already

no neda i won't take the black things off :p

no neda i won’t take the black things off :p

Arc de Triomphe - she's a cutie ;)

Arc de Triomphe – she’s a cutie 😉

take 2!

take 2!

right outside my NIGHT class..irvine who?

right outside my NIGHT class..irvine who?

night out with the WP crew! We were trying to get the Notre Dame..we failed.

night out with the WP crew! We were trying to get the Notre Dame..we failed.

inside my classroom (i have two lectures here, luckily!)

inside my classroom (i have two lectures here, luckily!)

Catacombes - climbing down more stairs

Catacombes – climbing down more stairs

Memorial under the Arc de Triomphe

Memorial under the Arc de Triomphe

before I fell off the carousel (funny story actually..)

before I fell off the carousel (funny story actually..)

Catacombes - it was surreal the amount of bodies down there

Catacombes – it was surreal the amount of bodies down there

I was feeling like a tourist, it was our one month anniversary ..

I was feeling like a tourist, it was our one month anniversary ..

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Top of the Arc de Triomphe - i apologize in advance for the amount of selfies I take on this trip.

Top of the Arc de Triomphe – i apologize in advance for the amount of selfies I take on this trip.

Arc de Triomphe - after the stairs..

Arc de Triomphe – after the stairs..

Catacombes - love at first skull?

Catacombes – love at first skull?

Arc de Triomphe - climbing up the stairs

Arc de Triomphe – climbing up the stairs

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

cousin's birthday! <3 Everyone go to an Australian bar in denfert-rochereau it was too good!

cousin’s birthday! Everyone go to Denfert-Rochereau and go to the Aussie resto-bar..definitely going back!

On a side note (and political): After the killing of the French journalist hervé gourdel, the state amped up it’s security big time and all the metro stations are filled with men in uniform and big rifle guns..yes ladies they’re not bad looking either :p
It’s really interesting to see the changed behavior of the public though. Since I’m writing a paper on this for one of my classes I have to find some way to do my research. Really sensitive topic though that rarely anyone talks about openly. I’ll keep you updated I guess! We also had a case of Ebola here but Im pretty sure it’s contained…i hope. lol

That’s all the time I have y’all..now onto the two 10-page papers and midterm studying I gotta begin.

PPS: I am going to Spain for a weekend in October where I will SEE NEDA IN LIKE 3 WEEKS. IM EXCITED.

And now because it’s been the longest week in school I’m going to knockout before midnight for the first time since Ive been here..no shame.

– Joyeux Weekend! // Happy Weekend 😉

Travel far enough, and you’ll find yourself.