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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Day 55 - Home

I'll miss the metro, I'll miss the city, I'll miss the museums, I'll miss the tourist attractions, I'll miss the people, I'll miss the photo opportunities, I'll miss the rush. I'll miss this place.

I got up early this morning, finished packing up, ate breakfast, then headed to the Roissy bus with Elisabeth and Ali. Who are, by the way, angels! I am so grateful to them for helping me. I absolutely could not have done it without them unless I got a taxi. And even then, I'm not sure. Once on the nice Roissy bus, I slept a little bit. It was good. SO much better than taking the RER B, which is what everyone else took who was on our flight. And it ended up being cheaper.

Then we finally got to the airport. Elisabeth checked my duffel (thanks again!), which was fine on weight. Then I checked my large bag, except it was 4 kilo over. If I wanted to pay for that, it would be 150 euros. No thank you. So I had to get some stuff out of it. They gave me a AirFrance bag to put my stuff in. They were really nice. My bag ended up being 23.1 kilo but the guy let it go :) Then we went through security. They were taking a while with my bag and I didn't know why. Then they searched my bag and found my huge jar of nutella/white chocolate spread. I did not even think about that when I was packing :( So they threw the whole thing away. So sad. Oh well, I got on the plane just fine and settled down next to an old, but nice, guy.

They showed four movies on the plane, all of which I watched because I couldn't sleep. First one was Valentine's Day. It was cheesy, but pretty funny. I quite liked it. Then Dear John, which I did not like because it was pretty pointless. Then Young Victoria. I really liked this one, though it would have been better if I could have heard it better. I'll have to watch it again once I'm home. Then 500 Days of Summer. It was better than I expected, though still kind of weird. Interesting that they showed all chick flicks. Glad I'm not a guy! For lunch, I had vegetarian pasta with bread and salad. It was yummy. And for dinner, we had a pizza with some ice cream. And of course, peanuts were interspersed between all that along with drinks. I tried to sleep after all the movies were over, but I was unsuccessful. Oh well. Soon enough, we landed in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Now I will no longer be blogging about what I do everyday because, let's face it, I won't be doing picture worthy things every day. But that's okay. I think over the last five months, I've done enough to last for a while :)

Au revoir.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Day 54 - Dernier Jour

Last day in Paris! I can't believe it. I'm sure gonna miss this place.

Ali, Shamra, Mckell, Claire and I headed out to the city this morning. First stop was the Opera house. I finally got to see the inside this time!












Beautiful.



We had some fun :)

Then we went to Berko's, the wonderful cheesecake place. It wasn't open and it was 11:35. We thought they wouldn't open until 12 but as we were sitting there waiting, they opened the doors! Yay!
I got creme brulee cheesecake. Oh it was divine. This is one of the things I will miss most about Paris! Love it.

Then Claire and I went to the Jewish museum. It was pretty interesting.


I couldn't take many pictures. Then off to the Promenade Plantee. It was a really beautiful walk.










I like this flower. It's weird.
Then we walked back to the metro. It was quite a long walk so we were very tired! We went to the Louvre for a little internet time.

Afterward, we went to Laudree to get a present for Greg and Martha. Then back to the hotel to give the present to them and to get our notebooks. We talked for a little bit. They are such nice people! They really care about us! Then back to the room. I checked my notebook and I got an A!! Woohoo! Then we worked on packing. We then went to the grocery store to get some chocolate and some dinner. Back to the hotel again. I chilled with Mckell, Shamra, and Ali in their room. I ate a cucumber with my chips as salt. I crushed the bag of chips into little pieces then dipped my cucumber into it. Not too weird, right? Okay, maybe a little, but I didn't think it "barbaric" as Mckell so bluntly put it. Funny. After packing some more, Tabitha and Elisabeth came back from Disneyland. Today was a pretty good day :)

I can't believe I am going home tomorrow! (Yes, this is coming quite a bit after the fact, but that's okay) It has been so amazing and crazy living abroad for these several months! I absolutely love Europe. I know I will miss it. But I have missed home. It will be so wonderful to see my family tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Day 53 - Amiens

After waking up way too early, we headed to Gare du Nord, where horrible RER B experiences ensued. Not for me, but for the other girls... they just about died. But soon enough it was over. That's a lot of people.

Then we (Kalisha, Elisabeth, Lori, Tabitha, Lauren, Shamra, Ali, and I) got onto an SNCF train and headed to the city of Amiens.



Pretty cool. It is supposedly the tallest cathedral, but it didn't feel like it was that big. Anyway, it was absolutely beautiful and very full of light!











This labyrinth has 406 steps. How do I know? I did it :) It was fun.

Apparently the skull of John the Baptist.



Then we went outside and ate on the grass.
It was here that I took a little nap. It was nice :)




Last glimpse of Amiens cathedral. Then back to Paris. Some of the girls helped me out getting my stuff from the institute from my three month stay. It was quite the ordeal. It was very painful and very heavy. I'm pretty sure I ran over someone's foot. Sorry random tourist! Then to the grocery store to make change for the Roissy bus that will take us to the airport. And get food :)

Then back to the hotel to eat, chill, and pack. It's been a good day. But it didn't end there. There was still more hilarity to be had. Whilst at the grocery store, Tabitha bought peas, which she has recently discovered to be a delectable vegetable. Anyway, she found huge ones and was really excited so she bought a ton of them. When we got back to the hotel, she showed us her "peas." Well, they certainly were not peas. We all tried them. Turns out they were lima beans. That were not good. At all. But it was funny :)
Oh Tabitha... :)