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Being abroad makes me think more about where I come from, than where I am. Well atleast for now...
200 years of being proudly mexican.
Everyone get ready!! The mexicans are going to celebrate their bicentennial!
And just to think that the USA is only 33 years older.. wowza!!
You never realize how much you know, until you tell someone. I've been sharing my Mexican culture with my host family. The more I tell them about it, the more I realize... wow I know a lot. And to think that I used to have identity crises.
Events of the Week(s)
1) Went shopping at Galeries LaFayette
Well it was a fun experience. I went with my friend Amandine who is a 3rd year student at the Sorbonne and who wishes to study in the states at some point. Marshall Fields can be thrown out the window! Not to mention the beauuuutiful buildings its in.
2) Watched L'etoile du Nord, Casque d'Or, and Madame de...
Like I mentioned earlier, for film class we watch a movie each week. My professor is amazingly good at the "wow, i never in my brightest dreams would have thought of that" thing. Everytime we talk about the films and their meaning, I'm baffled by the wonder and talent that is put into all of them. And to think that when we watch movies we have no idea of it.
3) Found an apartment in the 14eme arrondisment!
I'm subletting for a 23yr old graduate student at Sciences-Po who is going to be doing an internship in Rome. She's so cool! Did I mention that I'm so thankful for all of these random people I am meeting?
4) Was lost for 45 min by the Hotel de Ville looking for my connect group
I think it was partly because it was night time and I was tired. But by the way... Hotel de Ville is an astonishing building and at night the lighting hits it just at the right places.
5) Host dad brought me a necklace from Uganda.
Yeah he was in Uganda writing a report in unison with UNESCO on the children soldiers. He got to meet someone important that manages the Invisible Children Org.. I'm not sure, but I'm going to watch the movie tomorrow!
6) Finally received my money from the US and my carte bleu!
So in France credit cards don't swipe. Instead you get this "carte-bleu" which has a chip in it and all you do is "plug" it into machines. How come we dont have that in the USA? Well the french ask themselves the same thing about our cards.. believe me!
6) Went to the local Joinville le Pont "Sidewalk Sale" and bought an old Chocolatier Ad.
On my way to Mass at 11h15 (ahem ahem I still go to Mass) I ran across the annual Sidewalk Sale, basically a Garage Sale on the sidewalk (duh). It was great to see all the locals, but I couldnt really buy anything because a) i don't need a toaster b) i dont have any kids c) and i'm saving up my money for the "Soldes" in January. aka. Sales in January. They are very important because its the only time when stores have sales, because its too complicated to have sales at other times of the year (too many papers to file). Basically Paris has the January sales and the July sales. I'm starting to plan.. RIGHT NOW! Sorry everyone but your Christmas presents will be late.
So far that is all I've got for you, but be aware that JULIE BATES is visiting me this week! For those of you who don't know Julie, I've known her since 4th grade. She is currently studying in Salzburg, Austria and is studying Art History & German??? Correct me if I am wrong please. I'm on fall break this week so we will be exploring the city.
with hugs, Mayra