Mom, cover your eyes! Our French professor today told us to embrace loneliness. To us Americans we scratch our heads and say wait...what? I don't understand. Loneliness is an undesirable feeling and normally considered negative. Our professor, though, said to embrace it. He said take long walks, make new (French) friends, and do something by yourself. Mom stop quivering with fear! haha. Of course, this is all while being safe.
It's an interesting concept. In order to truly take in all the grandeur of Paris, we need to take time to reflect, think, and to immerse ourselves. He encouraged us to limit our e-mailing, facebooking, or whatever other addictive internet habits we have. Within our group, we're also ceasing speaking English in our conversations. It's hard and doesn't always happen, but we're trying!
Today we had a few classes in preparation for our linguistic class and cultural class. We'll be in class 5 days a week with 2 hour grammar classes and linguistic classes evvveryday. At times I wish I could exchange my Friday classes for free time to explore, but this is another opportunity to immerse myself in the language.
We saw the Notre Dame later today as well. It still had a Christmas tree up! What a dream! Love it. Unfortunately, Santa Claus was no where to be found. I'll keep looking, though. I also got a crepe with nutella. Yummm. Ofcourse, I'm including some pictures. Thursday we're planning on spending the afternoon into the evening at the Eiffel Tower (le tour d'effel) :)
I'm going to try to continue to post as often as I can. If you don't here from me it's because I'm somewhere absorbing the language I continue to fall in love with more everyday. :)
|Christmas Treet at Notre Dame!|
|Me, Rachel, and Lexi with our crepe and sandwiches! (Dad the pictures of food are for you)|