PARIS: THOUGHTS IN THE FIRST 48 HOURS
Updated: Jun 1, 2018
I guess I will start with my very first thought after stepping off the bus and onto the streets of Paris: this is nothing like I thought it would be. For some reason, I envisioned Paris to be like New York City, except look like the Paris we have all seen in the movies.
It is nothing like that.
People aren't as friendly as they are in the States, but their streets and Metro are certainly a lot cleaner than New York City. I have probably said it at least 15 times since I have been here, but Paris really looks like a dream.
In the first 48 hours I have spent here, I have already taken note about how different Americans are and how we are always on the go and want to move onto the next thing in the States. Here, people take time to actually do things and really enjoy them. Eating lunch today as a class was just an example of this. People are not sitting at cafes or restaurants on their phones. They are engaging and taking with one another. That alone is so different from what we are used to in the States.
Since my expectations were way off, I am now just excited to see what else Paris surprises me with. I look forward to embracing the cultural differences and using them to learn about how we can better enjoy individual moments instead of running to the next thing.