Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Finishing a chapter, but keeping a bookmark there

I have officially been back in the United States for over 2.5 weeks and I can’t believe it. I feel like it has been an eternity since I was in Tours, France. When I got home, I was incredibly excited to see my family and my friends and ready to share all my stories (and over 1,500 photos!!) of France. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel a reverse culture shock. However, there was one weird incident. I was at Bed, Bath and Beyond and I was trying to meet up with my mom in the line. I had to get by a […]

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Monday, December 13th, 2010

What I’ve learned

Coming to France to study abroad for the Fall 2010 semester was a decision I will benefit from for the rest of my life. It is crazy that I only have a few more days here! I am leaving Friday morning, the 17th of December. Not only was this my first time in France, it was my first time coming to Europe! I have seen so many places and different countries, I can’t believe how much I have really experienced through this semester. France: Tours, Paris, Normandy, Provence, and many cities in the Loire Valley. Italy: Rome. Spain: Barcelona. The […]

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Monday, December 13th, 2010

A French dinner

On Wednesday, the Bucknell en France group had one of our last outings. We got on a tiny bus and drove 15 minutes outside of Tours. Beatrice, a friend of Mme Fazelly and Mme Kingue, welcomed us into her wonderful home and helped us cook a dinner for everyone. We had to channel our inner “Julia Child.” When we arrived, she gave us these snazzy aprons to put on. Then we split up into groups. Cez, Lauren, and I were in charge of the “l’aperitif ” – which is the time before dinner where drinks are served and there are […]

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Monday, December 6th, 2010

Rome, ruins and Harry Potter

Rome, Italy. My family and I arrived in Rome about two weeks ago and spent four days exploring all it had to offer. There was just so much to see. Everywhere you would turn there were old ruins of buildings and columns. Even on the ride in from the airport, random pieces of buildings remained in the middle of the field. I was a bit nervous because no one in my family can speak Italian; at least when we were in Paris I could help out and speak French. Fortunately, like New York City, people can speak a lot of […]

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Paris, family edition

These past few weeks have flown by! I can’t believe it is the beginning of December and I have a little more than 2 weeks left in France. I was very fortunate over Thanksgiving, my family came to France! Having them here was so much fun! I got to share so much with them about my experience here in Tours and, in addition, showed them around Paris, Normandy, and Saint-Malo. We also went to Rome over one of the weekends. That was so exciting. It was the first time anyone in my family got to go to Italy! The epic […]

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Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Châteaux and chocolate

This past weekend, the Bucknell en France group visited two amazing châteaux and a chocolatier. Chambord was the first stop. This chateau is the third largest in France. It is incredible! So big and beautiful. Chambord is my definition of a château. The only downside to Chambord is that it really isn’t livable. Since it is soo big it is really hard to heat. There are 400 rooms and more than 300 chimneys! It is crazy. Another really special highlight of Chambord is its double-helix staircase (pictured below). It is located in the center of the château. These staircases are […]

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Friday, October 29th, 2010

J’aime l’automne

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. Everything about it makes me happy. The crisp cold air early in the morning, the colorful leaves that fall to the ground and, of course, the crackling noise made by walking through those leaves. Fortunately, the seasons of Tours, France, are very similar to Bucknell’s. As Halloween is approaching and October is coming to an end, it is crazy to think I have been in France for over two months and my journey is more than halfway over! Last week, I was pleasantly surprised by a package from home. I raced […]

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Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Everything French

I am loving France! I feel like I have adjusted to French life and, in a way, become a true member of French society. The other day, I was on my way to the institute for class when a French person stopped me and asked what time it was. At first I freaked out a little bit, someone was talking to me in French! I quickly realized what he said, looked at my watch and responded ” huit heures et demie” (8:30a.m.). He said, “Merci,” and I went on my way. It was so awesome! I was like any other […]

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Monday, October 4th, 2010

Grape vines and Barcelona

So much has happened this past week and half, it is crazy. Where to begin … let´s start where I left off - Normandy. The Saturday morning during the Normandy(Normandie in French) trip I woke up with a horrible migraine and didn´t have medicine with me. When I got back to Tours it had escaladed and was pretty horrible. I ended up spending the week enclosed in my room with the lights off, blinds closed, sleeping. These migraines are so annoying because any light makes it so much more painful to deal with. Also, if the migraine  isn’t stopped by medicine after a few hours they are […]

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Normandie

Normandie This past weekend, the Bucknell group went on our second official excursion. We met at 5:45 a.m. on Friday morning for a four-hour bus ride to our first stop, the city of Saint Malo. The great thing about meeting that early in the morning is I slept practically the whole way to Saint Malo. It was a soothing, calm bus ride through the wide-spread countryside of France. I still can’t get over how flat it is here. Saint Malo was probably my favorite part of this whole excursion and it just happened to be the first stop. This is […]

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