The veritable heart of the Butte-Montmartre, where in the mornings a village atmosphere reigns. The former village town hall has become the `maison des Poulbots” (house of street urchins).
I think it’s only fitting that I begin this post with both an apology and a justification. For the former: In my nearly four months in THE city of artistic and literary inspiration I have written a grand total of…one blog post. There’s really no good excuse for this (except I’m running on Parisian time?), so instead of mounting a lengthy defense, I’ll use this space to reflect on why and how exactly time gets away from you while abroad and offer some perspective on how to keep up with it as we head into the next semester…
1. After about a week abroad, you will swear that you’ve entered a time-space continuum.
I’m positive it’s some French voodoo, but as I’m entering…
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I’m from Chicago, a big city defined by wind, hotdogs, and the Bulls. Certain big city rules, like public transportation and safety, translate to my new home in Paris, but the differences between the two are far more evident. In Paris, no one says bless you post sneeze. Perhaps it’s the product of a culture more secular than my Midwest upbringing. Dogs don’t have leashes, nor do their owners carry doggy bags. Unless you ask for your check at a restaurant you’ll be there until closing time. The most notable difference is in the people, specifically their effortlessly natural affinity for fashion. If the everyday styling of the locals is the daily corner bakery croissant, Paris Fashion Week serves as the…
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As a budding expat the first thing you must realize is that your initial period of honeymoon elation will quickly wear off and that, if you haven’t carefully prepared your future move, the disillusion can be so painful – even traumatic – that you might find yourself joining the ranks of those two out of three who throw in the towel and hurry back home … less than three years after they came!. To be forewarned is to be forearmed, so it’s important to understand before you set off that you’ll find in France very little of what you’ve left behind, and that living in a country whose customs, culture, and institutions are significantly different to your own will make everyday life a permanent challenge where the simple things you took so much for granted at home can become almost insurmountable obstacles, and even a simple telephone conversation in…
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Packing can be a troublesome chore no matter where you’re going, but when you’re visiting a city like Paris – where people are known for their fashion sense – it takes on all sorts of different complications.
Or at least it can, if you don’t want to look like a schlub when you’re traveling.