October 11, 2004

My Trip to France and Other Study Abroad Hopes

(I hope to figure out how to add pictures to blogs soon, because I have so many, and I would like everyone to see them)

I went to France this past May with Dr. Chossat, and 4 other students. It was absolutely amazing. It was like a dream, I didn't even realize I was there until I came home and "woke up."

I had never been on a plane, a train, or in a taxi, let alone to another county! I had never even seen an ocean! This trip was life changing for me.

The plane ride was amazing, I was so nervous at first, but it was smoother than riding in a car! The food was great, and there were t.v. screens at every seat.
It was an 8 hr flight, so when we got to Paris it was 8 AM! We went to the hotel, dropped our stuff off and walked straight to the Eiffel Tower. It was amazing! I never thought it would be so big. We stayed in Paris for 4 days. We visited the Louvre, Notre Dame, The Arc de Triomphe, Versaille, and so much more. Then we took the train to Nice, which is in the south of France. I loved it there, I want to go back someday. I had never seen any ocean before, so to see the Mediterranian Sea was amazing (I know it is not the OCEAN but it is REALLY close!) We took the train to Monaco and to Canne. The food was good, the atmosphere was amazing, and the scenery is beautiful. Everything is so beautiful there. I had a hard time speaking French at first, I could understand, but speaking was hard. I was too nervous. But towards the end, I was becoming more comfortable, and speaking better. I wish we would have stayed longer because I was just getting over the jet lag and finally speaking French, and it was time to leave.

I cannot even describe how great it is to travel. The plane was like "magic" - you get on the train in D.C. and when you get off you are in France. It is an experience I will never forget. It is worth all my working.

I am now looking into studying abroad in Italy next summer. This program is EIGHT WEEKS LONG! I would live in Cortona, Italy, and take Italian and Art Courses. And I would finally make the dream of visiting the Sistine Chapel a reality!

Posted by Sarah Elwood at October 11, 2004 12:13 AM


It's great that you got a chance to visit France. I know how it feels like to travel outside this country. I went to Pakistan two years ago, and it was a blast!! You should keep looking into different countries, and explore around. It's fun to travel and to meet new people.


Posted by: NabilaUddin at October 14, 2004 04:03 PM

That's awesome Sarah. I dream of going to Europe, although it's probably best that I dont, at least for now.. because I know that I would NEVER come back!!! I couldn't possibly live here, after seeing that. I dream of going to Belgium, Holland, Germany... A few of my friends that went there, realized the same thing, upon coming back to the States... that they should've stayed, applied for citizenship, and never came home. Endless Wal-Marts, NASCAR, strip malls, pick-up-trucks, etc., vs. THOUSANDS of years of art, culture and history... it all seems pretty obvious to me.


Posted by: Mike at November 11, 2004 01:09 AM

It is really cool that you went to France. I always wanted to go to France and other countries. I also think it would be fun to study abroad.

Posted by: Se-Ann Williams at November 30, 2004 08:04 PM
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