Saturday, December 20, 2008

Joyeux Nöel!

The past week and 1/2 have been busy busy! I started my new job last week, had class, and then continued with the internship all this week. There was no time to for a break, no time to stop and think about all the change that has occured in my life in the past month or so. I basically just jumped into everything headfirst and went at it full force. I've been extremely tired and haven't allowed myself a lot of time for fun but luckily Christmas vacation has finally come and J and I are headed to my parents home in the US for two glorious weeks!

Paris has had one chilly winter and I've been sick of the wind and the snow that turns to icey rain. Atlanta might not be that much warmer but at least I can enjoy the holidays sitting by the fireplace, drinking "real" hot cocoa with mini marshmallows and listening to my father belt out Christmas songs while playing the piano. This will be J's second nöel with my family and he is more excited than ever! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!! See you in two weeks!

*picture taken December 9th while freezing our a**es off at Trocadéro!

Monday, December 8, 2008

After a week of waiting anxiously for a decision on my candidature, I was finally called back on Friday afternoon with some amazing news: I was accepted as an intern! Never have I been so excited about a job before; the company is seriously amazing I can't wait to start.

I really wanted to begin today but of course my current job told me I had to respect a preavis of 48 hours, and as they wouldn't count the weekend I'd be stuck here until Tuesday. Yes, stuck. I tried to explain to them that it was pointless, that I wouldn't get much work done in two days. Of course they didn't care and just wanted to show the other employees that we can't just do whatever we want.

The new job is a located right by the beautiful Musée du Louvre, which is a lot closer to where I currently live and where I'll be living (no, still haven't moved yet). Everyone is young and funky and I think it will make for a cool work atmosphere.

This is also my last week of school before winter vacation and I'm happy that I'll finally be able to take it easy; it's been hard with only one free day per week! Overall, I have a lot of things to be excited for...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

School and Field Trips....

Classes (seem) to be going well.  I haven't gotten my exam grades yet but apparently if I don't pass a test I can still redo it during les rattrapages.  This is basically a week where you can retake exams, allowing you to "catch up" to la moyenne (12/20).  Of course I'm hoping I don't have to go through an extra set of testing but at least I know I'm not completely in la merde.

Although I find my courses way too long (3-5 hours each), I really like my professors and the class sizes.  My masters program of 75 people is split into two sections and we have class with the same group of people each time.  It's helped us get to know one another better and feel more comfortable speaking up in class.  I've made an effort to meet everyone from my group but it's obvious that the foreigners (mostly Asian) and Frenchies tend to stick to their own kind.  I am, however, the only Anglophone so I don't really belong in either group.  Some of the French girls seem very catty and tend to exclude me, which kind of sucks.  It just confirms my belief that it is nearly impossible to make French friends unless they have already had a study abroad or an international experience!

Last week we had a sort-of field trip to Versailles for class.  Apparently my professor is a historian because he knew the history behind each room, painting, sculpture, chandelier, etc within the chateau!  It was really insightful...we were actually there to learn about the history of luxury and how it began with Versailles so I got to see the castle from a very different point of view.  Did you know that as a way to show his elite status (and to draw attention to himself while dancing), Louis XIV used to have the soles of his shoes painted red, influencing this very well known designer?  Hey, I was impressed!

I will finish my job (for good!) in a couple weeks and I'm still on the lookout for a cool internship.  Cross your fingers for me!  I've had some cool interviews so I'm hopeful  :)