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First Days in France (English)

Bonjour Paris!
After landing in France (omg I can't believe this is for real!) a couple days ago, I'm finally getting settled into this new atmosphere. I moved into my dorm and am loving the view. A definite room tour coming up once my boxes arrive next week (fingers crossed).

First thing I noticed before anything else, oddly, was the plug. I needed to charge my phone and couldn't find anywhere to plug my phone until a Turkish girl, who was entering the dorm on the same day, told me that they are actually comme ca. Apparently this is the norm in Europe? I think I actually confused her because of my odd reaction to not being able to find the plugs. My home university handed out cell-phones to use during our time abroad and thank goodness that came with a converter.

So there is a reason for my lack of photos.
Main reason being that I got lost, big time.
There are three train stations near my dorm and I decided to go for a morning run/station hunting yesterday, which was originally aimed to be about 30 minutes but got extended to more than 2 hours. And forget about the term morning "run" because it was more like "panic walk" or "frantically trying to regain sense of direction," which I don't have by the way. The whole experience just reinstituted the fact that I should not challenge myself when it comes to unknown streets, especially in a new country.
So 9am I headed off to my first station. Found it in under 10 minutes. Easy.
What I should have done then was to walk back to the starting point but nooooooo, my conscience thought I was smart enough to handle a totally different route when this is obviously not the case. I walked in an unknown direction and somehow ended up finding the second station. Now this station is literally a five minute walk to the dorm. Like literally cross the side walk once and walk straight kinda close, but I somehow managed to elongate that into 2 hours. Yes, I know. You all can hold the applause because I know it's kind of amazing. My brilliant mind decided to walk the opposite direction from the dorm and make more turns than imageneable. It's pretty incredible that I found my dorm on the same day. I also later realized that I had actually walked straight by the dorm without realizing. My excuse was that the entire street looks monotonic.
(What's that I see? Oh yes, the crown of idiocy because I would be the Queen without any opposition)
Anyways, I decided to go backwards and found my first station which, thank goodness, had a tower-ish thing nearby so was not too hard to find. (But wait, there's more!) I started back to the direction of the dorm (what my idiotic brain thought to be the direction of the dorm) and got lost once again. It was back-and-forth between the tower and a different street until I finally got it right and made it home.
I found the third station no problem and collapsed onto my bed at 11:20ish.
I'm disappointed that I couldn't really enjoy and take in the landmarks that I came by during my little incident because I was too focused on getting home. I passed by the Seine River amongst other areas that I hope to see once again and take pictures!
I have so many different posts planned so hopefully you all can enjoy my year abroad here in Paris with me!
Talk soon!


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One of the reasons why I really love Paris is that it's a great place to be for soloist like me. I prefer wandering alone at my own pace, although having company is great as well. Either way, exploring a city alone has really allowed me to get in touch with myself and make my own discoveries and meet new people. It was just one of those days when my insides were nudging me to get out and that is exactly what I did.
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Stepped into the UNIQLO that I was too sccared to walk into last time and was in awe at how chic everything looked. There was a totally different atmosphere to the ones I am used to in Japan. I think the prices were also a tad bit higher.

Talk soon!