So it’s been 2 days since I landed in Paris. Two days! In a lot of ways it seems like many more have gone by.
I’m still in the honeymoon phase of this trip- trying to see as much of my neighborhood and as many Paris landmarks as I can before starting work. But just the same, but this afternoon I found myself wishing that I knew some people here that I could be hanging out with while doing all of those things.
I’m well on my way to being settled in. I’m unpacked and I have a phone and food and a loyalty card to the grocery store (!); I’ve found the post office and some other markets and restaurants that I’m sure I will return to as the months go by. And I met up with my lab! They were really nice and welcoming and I’m excited to start working with and getting to know them better on February 6.
For now, I have one more day free before I head to a conference for all of next week. It’s an international science communication conference for students- I’m really looking forward to the unique opportunity and I will blog about it separately next week!
For now, I’m off to see a movie…in English (La La Land, if you’re wondering). Considering I’ve spoken probably 80% in French since in got here (and mostly successfully in communicating what I wanted to!!), my brain deserves a little reprieve! (My palate got a taste of American food the first night when I came back from the grocery store with white bread and (the fanciest I’ve ever seen) bologna 😂)