Thank you for this incredible experience
When I first saw the Eiffel Tower, I was in shock. Walking from school, I had seen the very tip of the massive structure, but as I walked across the bridge toward the base, it seemed so much larger than I was expecting. This iconic tower is featured in just about every depiction of Paris, but I never imagined what it would be like to actually see it in person. This was the moment when it finally sunk in that I was finally in Paris.
Looking back on this memory, I realize how lame I was being. Sure the Eiffel Tower is what most people associate Paris with, but after spending four months in this amazing city, I have come to realize that Paris is so much more. This culturally rich and diverse city has a lot to offer and I still feel like there is so much left to discover. Although I am sad to be leaving, I at least can say that I once called this incredible city home and that I will be back soon.
So now I am off (or at least I will be in a week). But instead of returning home or to New York City, I will be on my way to Budapest where I will intern at a hotel this summer. I am both enthusiastic and nervous about going to this city I really know nothing about. But with my experience living in Paris under my belt, I feel ready for my next adventure.
My family arrives in the morning and I am so excited to show them the place I have called home this semester. Although we are definitely seeing the major tourist attractions—because I do not care how hipster you are, if you do not go to the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame during your visit, you are crazy—but I am most excited to show them “my places.” Like the café near school with the owner who reminds me of a cartoon character, and the hidden cobblestone passageway near my apartment that has Christmas lights overhead. I cannot wait to play tour guide and be the “expert” on this city I have grown to love.
And so I say goodbye. This was such a profoundly thought-provoking course, which pushed me to reflect upon the struggles and joys of spending a semester abroad. I have learned so much from my fellow classmates and have enjoyed their inspiring posts. Thank you for this opportunity and I wish everyone a safe journey home.
And I am sorry, but this
is stuck in my head.
Photo Credit: My own