End of Orientation & Touring Paris

A bit late to upload this post, but internet has been a challenge the past few weeks.

Everyone kept calling the first week in Paris, SAS week. I thought SAS was an acronym, like… I don’t know, Semaine d’Accueil en Septembre (Welcome Week in September) or something like that. It turns out it’s not – as I understand it, it actually means “airlock” in French. They use it to mean a transitional space from one medium to another, in this case from vacation into school. What I found interesting is that it’s a fairly widely-used word in that context.

Anyway, that was just one of hundreds of new little things that shot by me this week. I caught some, understood some, and missed many others – but overall it was a good week. I met a number of really interesting people and everyone was kind and curious to learn about me. I found it was best to able to talk to people one-on-one where I could stop them, ask them to explain a word, grammatical construction, expression, or have them correct me – and then keep going. Right now my French is serviceable, but I’m excited to get it to a level where I can speak without constructing every sentence in my head before speak it out loud.

I was able to do a few tourist activities and visit some of the sights with my mom, who was planning to come to France, on her way back to the States from Bulgaria. Through varying intensity of rain we: did a walking tour of the city, went atop the Eiffel Tower, visited the Impressionists’ museum, Musée d’Orsay, rode a boat on the Seine, stumbled upon evening mass at Sacre-Coeur Cathedral, and saw a movie on the Champs Elysées – proud to even have received a considerable student discount – Thanks, Gobelins! 🙂

After a few days of riding the Parisian Metro, it was time to take a real train to my final destination – Annecy, where I’ll spend the school year. Spoiler of the next post: this place is a caricature of the word “charming.”

One thought on “End of Orientation & Touring Paris

  1. Hi Zach! Congrats on making it to Annecy safely. I love your pictures, that place looks awesome! Good luck, and hopefully see you during the holidays.

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