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Heather in Rennes: She’s American

When my group arrived in Rennes, we were presented with a list of the stereotypes that Europeans hold against Americans. The left column, which contained 40 negative stereotypes, filled up both sides of the page. While the right column, which contained positive stereotypes, barely filled one page. After reading the left column, here are the ...

Heather in Rennes: Grève Consequences

As much as I enjoy living in Philadelphia, I have a love/hate relationship with its public transportation system. I love SEPTA, in that it gets me where I need to go, and I hate it in all other respects. It feels like everytime I try to use SEPTA, the buses are running late, or the ...

Heather in Rennes: Culture Shock

Before I left for France, I was required to go to an orientation at the university with the other study abroad students. Among other things, I was warned about culture shock, a sense of anxiety that can occur when someone is introduced to a new culture. We were informed of ways to prepare for this ...

Heather in Rennes: Bon Appétit II

Dinner in France In my previous post, I said I believed that French people put a lot of emphasis on the quality of their food, and perhaps it’s for this reason that they like to spend a long time enjoying it. Dinner with my host family can last up to a few hours, which I ...

Heather in Rennes: Famille d’Accueil

While our orientation in Paris was wonderful, I think everyone in my program would agree that by the last day, we were ready to go home and meet our host families, or familles d’accueils. The rooms at the hostel in Paris were small and un-airconditioned, and some people were sharing rooms with up to eight ...

Heather in Rennes: the French Dis-Connection

The first things I saw when I got to the Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris were a McDonalds and a Starbucks. After the sleepless eight hour plane ride, I didn’t know whether I felt comforted by the familiarity or disappointed by it. A classmate and I had arrived together. We were both doing CIEE’s ...

Parigi

Bonjour Mon Ami! Paris and France in general have a royal and regal feeling I don’t think I’ve ever felt in any other city I’ve been to (other than England of course). We had a long weekend and decided to take advantage of it by going to Paris for five days and take it all in. ...

Patrick in Paris: « Méthodologie de Sciences Po »

Bonjour à tous ! As per the tags and my previous posts, you may know that the name of the school I am studying abroad at is “Sciences Po,” which is short for “l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris,” or in English, “the Paris Institute of Political Studies” (which is quite a mouthful and why everyone ...

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Patrick in Paris: L’administration

Bonjour à tous. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have had a number of administrative issues. The purpose of this post is to provide anyone who is planning on coming to France for an extended period of time an overview of how things work here, while providing some anecdotal comic relief (Spoiler Alert: ...

Patrick in Paris: One Month In

Bonjour de Paris ! Hello from Paris! I can’t believe I’ve already been living in Paris for over a month. I already have so much to share about this fantastic experience, and I’m happy to (finally) be able to start blogging after successfully battling the French administrative gods to get my life (including internet) in ...