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During my last week abroad in Europe, I decided to go out with a bang. As soon as my last class ended, I hopped on a plane to Paris. As I was staying in England this summer, I had thought about how close I was to France (much closer than St. Louis, Missouri). Instead of continuously thinking about it, I decided to just go for it. I spent two nights with my family who lives there, but only had one full day to explore. It was short, but definitely sweet. Walking the most famous city in the world in one day was one of the most tiring, yet thrilling experiences that I will never forget.

I started out my day by visiting the Eiffel Tower. First things first, right?! This was a sight that I was NOT going to leave Paris without seeing. It was quite surreal to see the real thing. I had seen this monument probably hundreds of times in movies, pictures, shows, etc. To be in front of the real thing was breathtaking. Because I was very limited on time, I didn’t go inside or to the top of many places. I was grateful just to be in the presence of these famous sights. In addition to the Eiffel Tower, I stopped at other key sights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre (where the Mona Lisa is), Notre Dame, Love Lock Bridge, and Shakespeare and Company bookstore. Just as I imagined, the city was beautiful. The parks, churches, theatres, stores, food… Speaking of food, I ate what I believe to be the most delicious crepe in the world. It was topped with coffee ice cream (with actually coffee beans!), coffee syrup, and whipped cream. Since I don’t speak French, I don’t remember the exact name of this outstanding dessert that I made into my entire meal.

With only a day to explore, I basically just got a preview of the “city of love.” I’m not complaining though. Out of this one day came many fun memories and stories. One thing that I did want to do in Paris was go to Disneyland. Obviously, this was not feasible. I guess I’ll just have to come back!


It’s still hitting me that this is my life right now. A few days ago I arrived in London to study abroad this summer. It’s hard to believe that this dream is now a reality. I have already seen and done so many amazing things, and this is only the beginning! My class starts tomorrow, so that will be when the studying experience begins. So far it has just felt like a vacation. During my first weekend in London, I explored numerous neighborhoods and markets, dined at pubs (as the British call most restaurants), visited the Fashion and Textile Museum, and went on a walking monument tour. One of the main attractions that I saw on the tour was the Tower Bridge of London. As I witnessed the iconic and beautiful architecture of the bridges, castles, and stores, it was hitting me more and more that this setting is going to be my lifestyle for the next few weeks. I feel so lucky to be here experiencing this opportunity.

Speaking of lucky, I also feel grateful for the wonderful people I’ve met and become friends with so quickly. There are about 30 other Regents School of Fashion and Design students that live in the same building as me, and I’ve gotten a chance to speak to most of them. It’s also nice that I have my own room with a bathroom, shower, desk, closet, bedding, etc. There is a communal area and a kitchen at the end of each hallway. This is a neat setup, but it feels weird yet cool to be doing all my own grocery shopping in markets in cute brick buildings with red double-decker buses driving by. I feel like a grown up that lives in London. Oh wait, I AM a grown up that lives in London! (At least I am for now, anyway.)


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