London Bus Tour

During week 1, our class had the opportunity to do a bus tour of the city and because our program is about Race, Health, and Society in Britain our program director specifically asked the tour guides to include important landmarks that highlighted historical events related to race, immigration and minorities into our tour. The first stop was Westminster where Buckingham Palace is located along with Big Ben, Palace of Westminster, Trafalgar Square, National art museum and etc.

(Here is a picture of Palace of Westminster, unfortunately Big Ben is under construction and won’t be open until 2021. Fun fact I took this picture 6 days before the car crash outside of House of Parliament and I was actually in the area the day before the crash).

(We had the chance to watch the Horse Guards Parade and see them walk to their shift at Buckingham Palace).

Then we moved to the area where the first Caribbean’s in London settled and the council homes (public housing). It was interesting to learn about how council homes began in UK and the changes it made. I was unable to take pictures of the council homes because this was bus portion of the tour and there were was a lot going on in the streets. We visited Brick Lane as well since we’re are reading the book Brick Lane by Monica Ali. It’s a city in South London where a large population of South Asians who are mainly Bengali reside and is known for it’s authentic food and Sunday Market.
After our tour, we had a guest speaker from the National Health Service (NHS) come to our class room to speak about the Healthcare system in UK. He did a great job informing us on the history of NHS, what it stands for, and how it has impacted the country. At first it made me wonder what America would be like if everyone had free healthcare access like the UK then, as I learned more and heard about the experience one of my classmates had in the ER in London, I’m glad and proud to say the care we receive in the U.S is better than UK.

Anisa Moallem’s blog

Blog by Anisa Moallem

 

Hello beautiful people,

 

This is my first time blogging so bare with me as I get the hang of this. This blog will also be posted after I return from my trip because I chose to keep a journal of before and while abroad. 

 

A little background about myself, my name is Anisa and I am a Health Studies major and minoring in Health Education and Promotion at UWB. Two years ago, I would’ve never imagined myself being a Health Studies major and let along having the opportunity to study abroad. I was finishing my prerequisite for Nursing School when I realized it wasn’t for me but I pushed myself to continue thinking maybe by the end of my prerequisite classes I will be happy with my choice. I completed my Associates Degree and there I was dissatisfied with my accomplishment. I’ve spent two years taking courses for nursing to only find out that’s not what I wanted as a career. I made the decision to take time off to find myself and find what made me happy. I’m glad I made that choice because a year later, I found a major that is the perfect fit for me and allowed me to Study abroad. 

 

In February, I came across a Study Abroad program about  Race, Health, and Society in Britain taught by an African American professor from UW Seattle. How cool is that? I thought. I have only had one black teacher before and that was in 6th grade. So I was excited to take this course with Dr. Spigner. The only problem was this was 3 days before the deadline. I stared the application right away and minutes later I got an email from the program director notifying me I was applicant number 97 and the program only allowed 30 students, if I were serious about the program to submit my application ASAP. I had to quickly ask two of my professors for letters of recommendation and begin the application process. After I submitted my application I was interviewed by the program director and his TA and weeks later I received my acceptance letter. 

 

Fast forward to the end of July I had to pack and get ready for the program. That’s when it hit me I’ll be in London for 4 weeks away from my family and friends for the first time. I was excited for the experience of being independent in a foreign country but I was also anxious about what it will be like traveling as a Hijabi. Will customs give me hard time? Will I face problems in London even though it’s very diverse? Were some of my worries. My parents were supportive and assured me this will be an opportunity for growth no mater what happens. They encouraged me to be positive and be myself. 

 

Now it was time to pack and boy do I wish I listened to Dr. Spigner. One tip that was repeated over and over again during my pre-departure meetings was “packing lightly”. We were advised to do so because when we get to London we would have to take public transportation from the airport to our flats (dorms/apartments). I did exactly the opposite of that and  ended up overpacking, mostly clothes I didn’t even wear once I got to London. So my tip for any future students who plan to study abroad is PACK LESS you can always buy an item or two when you get to your destination if you really need to. 

 

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed reading my get to know me/pre-departure. Stay tuned for my next blog about London 🙂

Departure

August 2018, Blog by Janis Gaye Jordan.

If you’ve ever tried to create a Tinder profile (or other dating apps), then you would understand my thoughts on an intial profile—er, I mean blog. Do I want you to know I’m funny? That I’m smart? That I’m serious and reserved? Why this trip is the greatest thing for me? How you, too, can feel inspired to travel? …. Let’s just start like all best dates—er, blogs, start, shall we?
With a simple:

Hi there!

My name is Janis—like Janis Joplin. Or, I guess, Janis from Friends. If you ran into me, you’d probably see me exploring Pike Place, drinking coffee, watching dog videos, or nose-deep into some book or, more likely, homework.

I’m big into dim sum, pho, and sushi—like any time of the day. Oh, and French fries. Oh, and Theo Chocolate. But don’t worry about my health—I do enjoy working out and staying fit as much as I can.
I’m a senior at UWB, and currently searching for PhD programs to transfer into. I’m currently in Educational Studies with a minor in Philosophy. I’m also a transfer student, a non-traditional student, and I probably care a little too much about my grades.
I have one cat, a rescue, named Oliver (yes, like Olive and Company and yes, like Oliver Twist).

Anyways, enough about me.

Amsterdam is going to be amazing, without a doubt. You know that “I’m so happy and this is so unbelievable I could cry” feeling? That’s where I’m at.  I’m currently sitting in the airport, waiting to take-off, and it just now hit me that I’m actually going on this trip.
The program is through the UW, specifically the iSchool in Seattle. The goal is to study all of the innovative technologies that Amsterdam utilizes and how it affects the city. We’ll be exploring what makes a museum innovative, what is the relationship between a city and its public informaitons. So basically, we’ll be taking a ton of time to explore a variety of museums, libraries, courthouses, and archives to see what the Netherlands has been doing and how it’s helped.

It’s perfect for my program, because in Educational Studies looks at education reform and what makes students succeed. Perhaps more public knowledge and easier access could help our US education. So that’s something I’ll be personally exploring while examining these sites. How does public information and an approach of innovation help better our education?
Also with my minor, there are many questions that get asked in Philosophy like What makes a better society? This program will examine that, and even though it may not give a direct answer, it will try to show how important public information is while examining the society itself. It’s a very practical approach to a very deep question.

When I came across this trip, it was at my transfer orientation in some winter quarter. I kind of brushed it aside, until the beginning of Spring Quarter when I was casually browsing, and this program popped up a good option for Educational Studies.
(Besides, my favorite books are A Fault in Our Stars by John Green or Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas, which both have the Netherlands as an impacting plot point, if not the central location. Of course, when I saw this program, I couldn’t not want to go )

And honestly, I didn’t think this was something I could ever attain. Between credits, and transfers and all sorts of things-that-just-come-up, I just assumed I was not ready or just not enough to be chosen to study abroad. You know how worry and whatever gets in the way of what you want?

Since I’m graduating in a few months, I figured this would be my last chance to at least try the application process.
I was talking to my boyfriend about this, worries and all, and he encouraged to give it that try, and another one of my friends also encouraged me the day of the deadline, when I was again, toying with the all of the stress about it. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have even applied.

Even after I applied, got accepted, received funding, went to orientation—after all of these confirmations I was STILL really afraid sometime was going to come and ruin this trip, like a hospital visit or an emergency, or just anything. But here I am, at the airport, with only one, 2 hour delay that slightly interfered with my trip.

So, as an encouragement to anyone who LOVES the idea of Study Abroad, but hesitant of whether they should or should not even try, I totally understand how you feel.  It can be scary, and there can be a lot of uncertainties (and as someone who has faced a lot bad outcomes of uncertainties, I really get it). But it doesn’t hurt to take the first step and just try the application. That’s all it took for me, and I’m still in a grateful disbelief that it was all it took. Get help from your friends if you need to, and talk to an advisor, because there are people here who want to see you succeed!

Anyways, I just got called to board, so I better get going!
Until next time, dear friends 😊

Departure

June 17, 2018, Blog by Lauren Summers, Community Psychology major, When in Rome: Interdisciplinary Study Art & Italian Culture Program.

Hey guys,

My name is Lauren and I am a Community Psychology major at UWB. My journey to where I am now starts about 10 years ago  when I graduated high school. Throughout high school I was highly unmotivated and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, because of this I decided to go to a local community college. During this time, I flip-flopped from general pre-reqs to nursing, and then back, I had no  idea what I wanted to do and didn’t feel smart enough to make anything of myself.  Eventually, after about a year and half I quit and joined the restaurant industry. I worked my way up to bartending and after 10 ish years I realized I needed a change and went back to school, got my AA, and started at UWB as a junior.

Study abroad was something I never thought I could do, I watched with jealousy as my peers on Facebook journeyed  through various countries. Then I thought to myself, why not? Why do I think I can’t do this? Of course I can. So, I said what the hell and applied, thinking I probably wouldn’t get accepted. The program I applied for, and yes I did get accepted to is when in Rome: Interdisciplinary Studio Art & Italian Culture Study Abroad Program. This is a Summer A program from June 20-July 17 2018.

I chose this program because first, I’ve never been to Italy, and second, how cool would it be to be in Rome as an art program? Included with this program are guided tours to some of the most amazing places in Rome, including St. Peters, Colosseum, The Sistine Chapel, and more.  I am not particularly artistic, but Rome will be full of inspiration.

So now that I have been accepted and leave in 19 days, my jitters have start to set it. Sure, I’ve been to other countries, but not with a group of strangers. This stepping out of my comfort zone triggers my anxiety big time. What if I can’t sleep? What if my roommate snores? What if I just fail? But I am not letting these petty fears make me spiral into despair, because I know that of course I can do this, and it’s an amazing opportunity.

Leaving my fiancé, kitty, and dog is removing myself from all of my habitual comforts, but this is going to be an epic adventure. I’ve made sure all my friends and family have downloaded WhatsApp so we can stay in constant communication.

I am a dual citizen with the US and Great Britain so moving around should be smooth, and luckily I just got my new passport this week.

Study Abroad Blog Post

March 30, 2018 Blog by: Allison Pace, Honors Rome: Staging the City

The most common questions I hear about study abroad all have to do with funding. Before applying to my program, I was one of those students questioning the high price of going abroad. Along with the expense, I was also terrified of leaving home for the first time. Like myself, I suspect there are many students in the situation that studying abroad is their first time ever going abroad. I never intended on studying abroad during my time at UW Bothell, but I am so grateful I did.

My study abroad journey started with a mentor of mine pulling up a list of programs on her phone, handing it to me, and saying “pick one.” She knew about my apprehension with studying abroad, but also knew these were obstacles that could easily be overcome. I ended up choosing a program in Italy because my heritage. My last name is Italian, and my grandfather has always talked about our Italian genes. Another reason I chose my program is because it was an early fall start, which means it lasts four weeks verses an entire quarter. This was perfect for me because I wouldn’t be gone from home for three months, and the cost was significantly smaller than most of the quarter long programs. I did not waste anytime once I made the decision to study abroad before applying to the UWB study abroad scholarship. It was important to find extra funding, which is why I applied for many study abroad scholarships. I won the UWB scholarship, which alleviated a lot of stress, and helped offset the cost of my flight.

A couple things that surprised me during the application process were:

  1. Most study abroad programs do not purchase group flights for you. It is up to you to choose a travel partner/group and buy tickets together if you do not want to fly alone.
  2. There is an interview process, conducted by the faculty who will be leading the program. They really take into consideration why you want to study abroad.

Before leaving, there were so many parts to consider. I needed to apply for a passport, order outlet adapters, transfer American dollars to euros, etc. I recommend that students take the time to look through the check-list UW study abroad has created to hit all the important preparation pieces that are essential for successful travels. The list really helped my lay out exactly what needed to be done, and by when. For example, if you do not already have a passport, it takes a while to receive it after applying for it. Thinking and planning ahead, along with making a to-do list, can eliminate the stress of feeling unprepared and anxious.

Be prepared for a long flight! Pack snacks, entertainment, and where comfortable clothing. If you have never traveled by plane before, make sure to check what carry-on items are TSA approved. After checking these regulations, I bought snacks for the flight such as nuts, beef jerky, dried fruit, candy, and gum. I brought headphones and a portable battery charger, however I did not end up using them because there was a USB outlet on the flight (per seat) and airlines typically hand out headphones.

When in Rome

Landing in Rome was refreshing after a long flight. Maneuvering through the airport was not as intimidating as I suspected for two main reasons: (1) in airports there are always multiple languages available, so English was posted on all of the signs, (2) almost all the people on the flight were headed to customs so it was easy to follow the big group.

For the first night in Rome my travel partner and I stayed in a hotel room because we could not check into the Rome center until the first day of class. We decided to stay at a hotel attached to the airport because we knew we would need to rest after the flight. Also, we wanted some time to get situated before embarking to the city.

Luckily the hotel we stayed at (the Hilton) had a shuttle to the city center. We were able to use this for transportation to Rome on move-in day. Prior to move-in day we scoped a path to the UW Rome center, so we knew exactly what way to go because we pulled our suitcases through the city. We wanted to save money on a taxi; it wasn’t too bad, but the cobblestones were a little rough on my suitcase wheels. Checking into the UW Rome center is easy, but make sure you follow all their instructions! Have exact cash for the deposit and be ready to follow their rules; both the UW Rome center’s rules and the landlord’s rules of which ever apartment you stay in.

From this point on, every day was an adventure! For each class we would tour different sites around the city and talk about the ancient history. Weekends were free time, so my group and I planned mini trips either inside Rome or surrounding cities to see as many places as we could.

Everyone has their opinion of the “must see” places in Italy, and mine is the coast. I would not leave Italy until you have traveled to a coastal city and enjoyed the beach! My favorite is costal town is Sperlonga; I only went to three beaches though. It is beautiful and not as tourist filled as the city of Rome. Be prepared for your language skills to be stretched, because not many people speak English there.

Save money for your study abroad trip!

Savings and budgeting for study abroad programs- many students do not choose to study abroad because they are under the impression of ridiculous costs and are afraid that they cannot afford the experience. This is not 100% true. Study abroad is doable with great planning and here are some tips that may help students save for their trip:

  • Look at what you’re spending and calculate where you can cut back
    • Needs versus wants
    • Morning coffee, snacks, dining out, whatever else you spend money on frequently
  • Cancel memberships that you don’t use
    • Gym memberships, online subscriptions
  • Do more free stuff
    • Hanging out with friends leading up to your study abroad trip? Look for free events to attend, cook dinner at home, have movie nights/game nights at home
  • Ask family members and friends for hand-me-down travel goods
    • Don’t stress about travel gear. Chances are, your friends and family have a lot of basic travel gear such as a suitcase, travel pillow, travel bags etc.
  • Search for flights in advance
    • Incognito mode on your browser
    • Cheap flights calendar
      • Cheapest days
      • Most expensive days

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  • Find a bank that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees or reimburses you for ATM fees–major US banks are your best bet. You can also apply for a credit card with no foreign transaction fees like Capitol One or Bank of America (travel card)
  • Budget according to your personality. What do you prioritize?
    • The travelers- train ticket to Paris
    • The partiers- night out dancing in Spain
    • The shoppers- new shoes in Milan
    • The food critics- tasty meals from the hippest spots in London

Week of 8/17-8/27

8/17-8/27
**DISCLAIMER** (Sept 3,2017)
I have just finished my study abroad about 4 days ago so now i have time to catch up and write my blog and adventures!!

OKAY LETS BEGIN!!
August 17th, We visited the Hotel Des Invalides, which Louis XIV had built to serve as a home and hospital for aged and unwell soldiers. It is also the resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte! It is such a big place, and contained many different museums. My favorite exhibit they had was the World Wars visit. History of the world wars, and history in general, is extremely important to me because I feel that we’re to learn from history and our mistakes and grow from them in order to not repeat the wars and the mistakes of our past. After the visit some of the group went to a cafe near Père Lachaise, one of the biggest cemetery’s in Paris, and had some snacks before going back to our housing for the night.

August 18th, Friday was just a day of class and then we were free for the rest of the weekend!! After class, my friends and i went to go see Dunkirk (Dunkerque en Français) at the movie theater. The movie theater itself was very different and also very small, the movie played in English but had french subtitles so it was easy to understand and correlate the words i didn’t understand in french to the words i heard in English. Afterwards we just headed back to get some rest because the whole week before was super busy, and the week ahead would be even busier!

August 19th, some friends and i took a stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens again, and we found a small version of the Statue of Liberty that France had gifted to the US back in 1886.
After being in Europe for a couple weeks, we finally decided to try the french version of Chipotle! Usually i don’t eat meat in the US because it makes me sick but i have had a lot more luck in Europe, with other food that aren’t meat too. Fast food is fast food where ever you go, but personally i think that the fast food in Europe doesn’t taste like the fast food in America. We then walked around after being full of food, and shopped a little! We tried to go to the catacombs the line was too long and they were closing soon so we just got some food at home and played card games for the night!

 

 

August 20th, a couple of us got up early for a post-mass performance to hear the organist play the Organ. It was really something spectacular. I have played music for over 7 years and i just love hearing music being played so to me it was a really great experience. After listening to the organist, we went and got crepes at one of the little cafes and myself and my friend, Sarah, went to the Cemetery Montparnasse, and the Père Lachaise Cemetery because for once of our classes we needed to research a famous French person buried in one of the two cemeteries. The cemeteries here are very different than in the US too. They are very crowded and have very extravagant or elaborate tombs. Just walking around the cemeteries took a couple hours, and after wards we headed home and worked on our projects, and went to sleep so we could rest for the week ahead.

August 22st, probably one of my favorite days on the trip was this day. We went to the Hôtel de Ville, which is the city hall of Paris, and it was really extravagant on the inside and outside, we had a guided tour around and i still am in awe of all the beauty in Parisian buildings. After the class visit, my other friend , Xiyi, and i went to Le Mur des Je t’aime and Sacré Cœur. We climbed way too many steps that day, but it was worth it to see the view of paris. And the wall of i love you, is a wall that has the words ‘I love you’ written on it in every language. It was really an amazing sight to see. And i was able to get little souvenirs for my friends, because at the bottom of the hill from the Sacré Cœur, were a ton of little shops for souvenirs. It was a very eventful day.

August 23nd, EARLY EARLY MORNING!! We got up for our group trip outside of Paris to visit Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte! We took a charter bus about an hour out of the city to look and have the hands on experience of our history lesson. Both the castles were beautiful but were simple compared to the upcoming visit to Versailles. There’s not a lot to say but more to show for the two castles. *side note; i did get attacked by a swan though because it didn’t like my white shoes, i think maybe it thought i was another swan, but who knows*

August 24th, another early morning with the first stop being the Louvre! I got to see so many amazing works of art that I’ve always wanted to see. We only had a couple hours in the Louvre, and let me say as a word of advice, if you go to the Louvre and want to see it all, plan on that taking a couple days! The place is huge!! After wards we had class, until around 5pm, and i was so tired i just took a nap after wards and then did some homework.

August 25th, the day we went to Versailles!! Versailles, was probably one of my favorite group outings. The inside is so beautiful and the outside gardens are HUGE, you would need a whole day or two just to see all of both. The weather wasn’t happy that day so we had to wait under some arches until the storm passed before we could walk around the gardens. But it was so beautiful and after the storm cleared it was really nice!

August 27th, we had a optional cooking lesson with our professor Hélène! She taught us couple of french meals that we then prepared for the class for the next day for lunch and dinner. Our professor contributed to much to the program from her knowledge to her cooking to her help in general everyday things! She really made the program great and is another reason study abroad was so amazing

Busy in Paris! (Week of 8/9-8/16)

Wow, its been super busy this last week! We already had our first midterm and i got an A! For the beginning of the week, we just had class in an actual class setting. Then Wednesday we went to Saint Chapelle and the Conciergerie. I remember in the beginning of the orientations our director told us we would have a to walk a lot, which i understood, but i never actually imagined it would be as much as it has been! Thursday we went to some old Gallo Roman arenas and to Cluny museum. Then Friday we had our midterm, and afterwards went to the Pantheon. It was really magnificent but also I kinda creepy because it was all tombs, but there were some pretty significant people buried there. Afterwards, i took my own mini trip down the street to Palais De Luxembourg, which was simply amazing, the palais and jardin were breathtakingly beautiful. That night some friends and I also went out for the night and had some good food! The next day we went to the museums again because the program got us a 4 day museum pass to use for the one full day off!  This last Monday we went to the Basilica of St Denis, another amazing yet kind of creepy sight because of all the tombs. Then yesterday we visited the outside part of the Louvre and i got some medicine because i was starting to get sick, but i definitely feel better today. And today we got up bright an early at 6;30am to get on a train and got to Chartres to see the church and the country side. Ive tried to condense my writing today because I’ve been really busy and tired, and its easier to read and follow! So thanks for reading, and ill write again sooner (hopefully) than this last time!

Confused and slightly overwhelmed on the way to Paris

August 7th, Blog by Cassie Kays, Pre-Major, French/Comparative Literature France: Paris in the Summer

Wow, I’ve already been in Paris for a week!! Time seems to have flown by between class and touring the city, and I already have my first midterm on Friday!! I arrived in Europe on July 24th, a week before my programs start date, at 8 am at the Charles De Gualle airport, after being awake well around 24 hours. Confused and slightly overwhelmed, I began to search for my next terminal and hopped on another plane (with the help of a very friendly and helpful french couple) to visit one of my former exchange sisters, Louisa, in Hannover, Germany. The language barrier in Germany was slightly difficult, because I’m a strong believe of speaking the countries native language to be polite, but it was pretty easy to get around and get what I needed. So week one of my first time outside the states was the week of fun! After getting over the initial jet lag and waking up at weird hours of the night, my body had finally realized it was on European time.

The first week in Paris (7/31-8/6)

July 31st 2017
​After having my plane delayed about 2 hours in Amsterdam, I had rode the train down from Charles De Gualle (north of Paris) to the southern end of Paris to arrive at the Cite Internationale Universitarie de Paris. This will be my home base for the next month. I will admit it was only slightly nerve racking because of the lack of cellular data, and never having rode a train on my own, but I used my French to help navigate the way. I arrived at the student housing around 4pm ( approximately 7am Seattle time) tired and hungry. The first night I walked down to a Italian restaurant where I ordered a pizza in not-so-amazing French. I apologized to the owner of the restaurant for my poor French where he apologized for his poor English in return and said to not worry because my French will get better. I went back to housing after ordering my pizza and got inside just before a down pour, and called it a night.
​Tuesday August 1st, the other 27 students arrived, either really tired, or also used to European time as well. I had found a group of fellow hungry students and we went to another cafe down the streets from the university. After having a well deserved meal, a couple of us headed to the super market and picked up baguettes to munch on and got to know each other on the front terrace, and tell stories about our trips to Europe and trips of where we’ve been.
​Wednesday August 2nd, was when we started classes. Now this is the first time I had been back on an early schedule since summer break had begun, and our professor also noticed that as we all tired to stay awake with glossy eyes, which fortunately she had allowed us to end at noon. After class, a couple of us had seen it as a prime opportunity to head to the Eiffel Tower!! We sat in the Parc du Champs De Mars and munched on some more baguettes, and watch the Tower light up and shimmer at the 10pm. It was truly a spectacular sight, that i never even imagined I’d actually be seeing. Still being tired and groggy we then headed back and got back to the university around 11pm.
​Thursday August 3rd, we met in the lobby at a bright and early 7:30am and headed to breakfast next to Notre- Dame cathedral and then proceeded to climb over 700 steps to reach the top of the towers that over looked the Seine and the city of Paris. Then around 2pm we headed back to he university for 2 hours of French 210 (history of Paris class) and 2 more hours of French 390 (pronunciation and speaking class).
​Friday the 4th, we had the two classes again, but only until 2pm! Which meant the beginning of the weekend! We had done the touristy thing, and went on a boat ride on the Seine, and walked around the 1st arrondissement some more. One of the cutest sights that I saw there was the bridge and gates with the locks for lovers. There was sooo many, it’s really insane to see it in real life as well. We then continued our walk and we got to see the outside of the Louvre. And went back for some dinner around 7pm.
​Saturday the 5th, a few of my friends and I went to the mall, because I didn’t pack enough clothes and it was prime time for some cool french clothing and gifts for my family and friends. After shopping we walked around some more and found another cathedral to enter and admire. We returned around 4pm and I stayed in that night to do the load of homework that was due for Monday.
​Sunday the 6th was free musée day because it was the first Sunday of the month and it was definitely something to take advantage of. First, we went to the Pompidou, which was a modern art museum. Then we had some lunch a small Italian restaurant, and took the metro to the next stop. My favourtie musée of the two was Musée de l’Orangerie, where i was fortunate enough to see Claude Monet’s famous work of Water Lilies! Such beauty and detail within the art. We continued through the museum and saw other works by Monet, as well as Picasso, and Matisse. I ended the day by coming back to the housing and going to sleep in prep for the next morning! Now I continue to adventure and learn and hope to write more often so my entries aren’t as long! Wish me luck on my schooling and I’ll keep you all in the loop! Until next time!

(P.S. In case any of you were wondering, I’ve walked an average of 4.5 miles per day. So far these past two weeks I’ve walked 56.59 miles.)