Greg's caption for this photo: Welcome to America, now speak English.
Ah well, they tasted good! After stopping by Duckloe Bros to say hi to Daddy and Aunt Barbara, I finally arrived home! I got to pick where we went for dinner, and I decided to opt for the good old American Diner! I remember when we took our French Exchange students to one a few years ago, they said, "oh zis is just like in ze films!".
Pizza Burger and Onion Rings. Om nom nom.
Greg got cherry pancakes.
So now for the "things I missed/will miss" lists
First, my America list:
-the clothes dryer
because all my socks are crunchy from air drying. First world problems, I know.
-5 guys burgers and fries
for obvious reasons
-My Babson professors
the French university professors are there to dispense their knowledge to their students, not to get to know them or connect with them.
I love to drive!
-Peanut Butter and Peanut related candies
My host mom would shudder every time I mentioned peanut butter.
I can wear comfy(or ugly) pants outside of the house! Yay!
You must be thinking, "Oh Allison, you were in the fashion capital of the world! How could you miss your own closet??" Well, as I didn't want to completely kill my bank account, I couldn't buy everything. Also I had a limited amount of space to bring things home. I got kind of sick of wearing black and grey all the time.
I am so excited to get in the kitchen and try to recreate my macarons and Roman Cooking class!
The exchange rate was rough. Thank goodness I wasn't in London where it was worse! The exchange rate got a bit better once Hollande was elected president of France and once the Greek elections didn't work out....
And Things I will miss about France:
What??? You mean there aren't great bakeries on every corner? And baguettes and croissants are expensive??? What kind of crazy country is this??
My Host Family:
If I had bad host family, I would not have enjoyed my semester abroad. The Chappedlaines were so kind and welcoming, and helped me with my French and to feel at home in a foreign country. My friends on the JYF program were joking that we will never have it so easy again. Our meals are made for us (and Madame was such a good cook!), our laundry is done, the dishes are done, and our rooms are cleaned. I don't even get all that at home!
Although I do miss driving, I will miss the convenience of the metro. It is so well organized and reliable. However sometimes, it does smell like stale pee. Ew.
It's a muddy and gross river, but I love it all the same.
-saying "bah oui!"
-saying "oh la la la!"
I will just have to find people to practice with.
Always having a new Museum/Expo/Place to visit:
There is always something to do in Paris! I visited a lot of museums and expositions during my semester, but there are still a lot more I didn't get to see!
Sitting in a Cafe for as long as I want:
I love sitting in a cafe on the sidewalk watching the world go by...
Being in France:
When I was going through the customs in CDG, the officer asked me "Ca va?" (How are you/how is it going?) and I replied in French that I was good, running a little late, but not too bad. He said, "Oh vous parlez bien Francais!" (well duh, I've been here for a few months). We chatted for a moment as he looked at my visa and my passport and I said I would miss France, "J'adore la France". Then he said, "Bah, il faut que vous rentriez!" (Well, then you need to come back!) I assured him I would.
I hope you all enjoyed this blog as much as I enjoyed writing it! My summer project will be scrap booking the blog. Then I will get to relive all of it again!