Before I moved here, before I even visited the school, I was in the car with my mom and said, “I need to remember: Paris is just a city. It’s not magic.”

It’s easy for me to get swept up in romantic ideas about, well, pretty much anything. I have the “grass is greener on the other side” syndrome. THAT BEING SAID, I love it here. It isn’t magic, it’s just a city. But it’s the most beautiful, diverse, engaging, historic, and vibrant city I’ve ever been in. It’s not perfect by any means (don’t get me started on the bureaucracy; that will be in another post), but I am so thankful to be here.

Before I get going on specific things about Paris and giving recommendations on fun things to do, opinions on whatnot, and how to deal with anxiety, I just wanted to give a quick personal update. I have been in Paris now for about three weeks. It has been a whirlwind. I was worried I would feel overwhelmed, scared, and lonely, but I’ve honesty been fine. Ok, I may have felt a little overwhelmed at times (what school orientation isn’t overwhelming?), but I have mostly felt excited, grateful, and happy. My apartment is…fine. I love all my professors, which has NEVER happened to me before. I have one great friend plus other friends. I’m cooking for myself and eating well (plus lots of pain au chocolats), and walking upwards of five miles a day. I’m at peace. Maybe I’m just where I need to be right now.

Ok, that’s enough sappy Paris love (lol, just kidding–there will be plenty more of that). Stay tuned for more!

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