So it has been a little while since I posted, but the day after I got to Paris I found an apartment. It is in the 18th arrondissement which is in the North of Paris. It is a 37 sq. meter(I am not sure how much that is in feet) that I am sharing with a girl that is from SUNYGeneseo. We met before we came to Paris because she is going through the international education department at Oswego because we offer a Paris program that is not offered at Geneseo.
Anyway, our apartment is really nice, the only problem is there is not internet. And let me tell you from personal experience that getting internet in France is not the easiest thing to do. You need a RIB (its an identification card from your bank, which is something only french banks give out, so I had to get a bank account first, which also isn’t easy). You also need proof that you reside at the address you give them, and you need to know the number of your apartment according to French Telecom which is on a plaque at the base of your door. And the worst thing is, once you finally bring them all of this information you need to wait until the wifi box is mailed which takes 2-3 weeks. Welcome to Paris I suppose. I just am frustrated that it takes long to get internet here. There are not very many cafes that have internet so I have been sitting in the computer lab, (which is the only one in the school and only has about 15 computers) trying to keep in touch with the world. It is very frustrating.
Things here are much more layed back. People don’t rush to do things and everything is unorganized. I start school in less than 2 weeks and ther course bulletin isn’t even out yet. In Paris, you show up in class the first day it is offered and that is how you sign up. I definately miss myoswego and web registration, go USA. lol
I am studying abroad in Paris through an exchange program called MICEFA(International mission for coordination of french and american exchange or mission interuniversitaire de cordination des exchange franco-americain). I arrived a few weeks before classes because we have an orientation program and intensive language courses. That has been keeping me busy because we are in class 3 hours a day monday through friday. We also have been doing some sight seeing in Paris. We went to Pont Neuf on a boat ride on the seine and we went to the Carnavalet Museum today. MICEFA is a great exchange program and I have had a great time thus far.
I am a little homesick, but I hope it gets better once school starts, I think it will. There is a big difference in the culture and lifestyles of Paris. I really love baugettes and Strawberry and Raspberry tartlettes. They are amazing. There is one thing that can never go wrong in Paris and that is food. Yummy yummy food.
Anyway, hopefully I will get internet permanately soon, then I will post some more pictures.