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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

a brief history of (my) time (in Paris)

August 28th: arrival by high-speed train from Germany and sibling reunion
August 29th: the sights, sounds, and smells of touristy Paris (Eiffel Tower, Tuileries, etc, etc)
August 30th: moving into la cité universitaire (it resembles an american college campus with dorms and college houses)
August 31st: last day with my sister, and first day of Sciences Po orientation

What I have learned about France and Sciences Po, thus far:
-Bureaucracy is an important part of how things are done.
-Efficiency; however, isn't as important.
-How you say it is more important than what you say (contrary to what the american system may have taught me).
-Don't correct professors.
-Le Figaro, a renowned french newspaper, is right-wing.
-Le Monde = New York Times.
-The first world can sometimes feel like the third world (we're not so different, after all).
-Cafes in St-Germain-des-Pres are overpriced, esp. if people seem to be there to be seen rather than to eat well.
-I want to live in Le Marais.

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