So, as always, my week went by way too fast for my liking.
On Tuesday, for my Communications class, we met some French students studying at this art school down the street. It was really interesting getting to chat with a couple of them and to get to know them and hear their stories. We are meeting with some more students this next Tuesday as well, and I am really looking forward to that. Also, for my wine class, we visited Lavinia. Lavinia is this huge wine seller in the business part of Paris. It was super huge and I adored it! Definitely going to go back, ASAP.
On Thursday after class, I took the metro to Chateau Vincennes to meet Megan after her class. We meandered around the corner and found one of the most lovely parks on the outskirts of Paris. Bois de Vincennes is so green and has different places to have adventures. Besides the lush grass, and big trees (hehe, Redlands) there is a park where kids can go and play. I also enjoyed their super large slides and climbing bars. :) They had a whole section where you pay to get a harness, and you climb around the trees and in tree house-like things. It’s immense! Megan and I had a field day there! They also had a beautiful flower garden and a small theater that performed children’s plays.
On Friday, Megan, Gabby, and myself decided to go to this open air market where food producers from the south came to Paris to sell their goods. It was near Notre Dame and we got a bunch of free samples. We were tempted to get the free escargot sample, until I saw an older man eat one. I couldn’t think of eating one after seeing the snail, still attached inside, being stretched and torn by the man’s teeth. gross (not to yuck anyone’s yum or anything.) We sat along the Seine River after that and just had a really good conversation, while watching this mini photoshoot right next to us. (no pictures were taken, because I thought that would be awkward to take a photo of a photoshoot) We decided to visit, what we heard was, “Chinatown” after that. Unfortunately it is not like Los Angeles or San Francisco “Chinatown,” but just a place where Chinese people lived. I felt incredibly rude for just assuming, and also for calling it “Chinatown.” Unusual how different cultures see things differently, but it was interesting to see the different architecture in that part of Paris. (very 70’s modern-esque)
Today (Saturday) we went to the TechnoParade. It was the most intense thing I have done (or seen) this entire month in the Paris. It was a parade of about 10 different trucks of different DJs. The headliner was Bob Sinclair, who was fricken superDOPE. (yes, I did just use that word) :D We walked from Republique to Bastille, took a quick lunch/bathroom break, and then rejoined at Bastille and walked to Place D’Italie. Needless to say, a lot of walking and a lot of dancing. It almost put San Francisco PRIDE to shame, ALMOST. ;) I am now a very large fan of techno/house music, and am planning on downloading a bit more than I already have. :D
I really couldn’t have asked for better roommates this semester. I don’t think my time here would be nearly as entertaining without them. :) and thank goodness my actual roommate, Gabby, can deal with my weirdness… bahaha, and my weird random accents.
“When you’re here, you’re family.”