T-6 days and counting until I arrive in my little box in Paris! I have been slowly getting both more excited and more nervous as the days tick down. I am spending my days eating delicious “american” foods that I fear I will not be able to enjoy overseas (read: goldfish, odwalla bars, soymilk, and rita’s water ice), and straight up relaxing because I know I won’t want to sleep at all in Paris for fear of missing anything important. By relaxing, of course, I specifically mean looking up the best places to shop and the best macaroons in Paris (to which extent I have discovered that “braderie” & “liquidation” mean clearance sale, and that I should go anywhere I see those words; also that la durée is famous for their macaroons. yum.), and deciding which clothes I will want for the next two months (given my previous discoveries about sales, I’m thinking I won’t need to bring much). Apparently the best sale times are the second week in June and the end of July; good thing I’m going to be there during both. 🙂
My darling little box in Paris is located in the 11th arrondissement, the same area as the Bastille (cue July 14th celebration). Paris is structured like a spiral, with arrondissement 1 in the center and the rest spinning outwards in true archimedian fasion.
Reid Hall, where I will be studying, is in the 5th; so not too far, and the 11th is considered a “young,” “hip” neighborhood, full of clubs and restaurants. I don’t know about that, but I do know that it is right next to the 3rd arrondissement, which is known for its wind-y streets full of unique boutiques (read: shopping.). It is pretty clear, I think, by now, where my allegiances lie on this séjour.
Also included in this shopping, of course, is souvenir shopping, and if you are reading this blog, chances are I am already plotting what I will retrieve for you from Paris. Please post any special requests and your addresses (for postcards if nothing else!). I have received some requests for my address, so here it is– please send me love (I will be missing you every day!):
Mary Shorey, c/o Summer French Studies Program in Paris, Reid Hall, 4, rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris, France.