I am here! A tad repetitive but hey such is life. Today we had our placement exam in order to see where we will be placed for our grammar class. Good golly was it hard. If you love feeling stupid or being frustrated from not being able to communicate- speak a different language. Especially under pressure. It's so much harder! Yet, when I'm out and about I do so well with my French, so I don't get it.
After the test we were allowed to go where ever we wanted and have some free time. By the way...our test was in the Sorbornne. How cool, one of the oldest universities in the world and we get to study there!
The entire group dispersed and most of them wanted to go back to the Hostel to rest etc. I definitely did not. I wanted to actually see some of Paris and do some of the touristy activities (heaven forbid we partake in them!). One of my friends Josh and I ended up being walking buddies and had a great time walking from the Concorde Square up and down the L’avenue des Champs-Élysées. I DIDN'T DO ANY SHOPPING! Let's all have a moment of silence in recognition of such a feat for Stephanie Pinch. Great. Moving on. We then went to the Eiffel Tower until it was dark so we could see it light up. Not a bad way to spend 4 hours...walking around Paris.
Tomorrow I may actually break into my minimum wage benefits and spend some mullah. France has two country wide sales a year. They are regulated by the police and are not allowed to be any time other than mid Jan- mid Feb and mid July- mid August. I'm going to take advantage of some decent shoe prices :)
Josh and I at L'Arc De Triumphe
Casual Evening in Paris
We also were lucky enough to go to Le Louvre yesterday. For someone who doesn't even understand art, it was amazing. Can't wait to go back for more free student tickets! I did see the Mona Lisa so I can officially say I've seen it!