Week Ten: Spring Break (Part II)

Week Ten: Spring Break (Part II)

Are you happy to be in Paris?
To pick up from where we left off, I arrived in Paris on Tuesday afternoon! After traveling for what felt like years, we stepped out for our day and it was absolutely beautiful outside. It was the first day since I’ve been in Europe that I didn’t have to wear a coat. We took advantage of this weather and walked to the Eiffel Tower. The best thing about visiting attractions on weekdays is the significantly less amount of people visiting. We decided to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower because there was a hardly a line. Also, what better way is there to start your trip in Paris? I was worried once I got up there I would regret not bringing my coat, but it was still perfect up top. In case some don’t know, I’ve been to Paris before, but I was in ninth grade so I don’t remember a lot. When I got to the top, I’m not sure if it was the smog that was cast over the city, but I felt slightly disappointed by the view. It’s probably my own fault for being like everyone else in the world not from Paris and romanticizing and idealizing it, but I realized how homogeneous the architecture of Paris was aside from its main attractions. I kept looking for specific things I could pinpoint my eye on, but there wasn’t really anything other than the Seine that made me look around and think, “I’m in Paris!” Of course, I’m still happy we went and even if I couldn’t find something to prove it, I was, in fact, in Paris. Continue reading “Week Ten: Spring Break (Part II)”

Week Ten: Spring Break (Part I)

Week Ten: Spring Break (Part I)

It’s finally spring break! Yay! The only downside is that that means March is coming to an end and my stay abroad is winding down. We will not be discussing that though. Instead, we’re going to remain in denial about it and I’m going to move forward with the first part of my break. Bear with me though because I can’t remember a lot of the details of break because so many days have passed and so much has happened. I apologize if my writing in these next posts is very static and I jump around a lot. Anyway, my friend Brad came to visit London! Brad is one of my best friends at USC and one of the first friends I made. Having Jane visit and then Brad was like having both of my homes brought to me and it’s the best thing I could have asked for. Continue reading “Week Ten: Spring Break (Part I)”

Week Nine: Sunshine

Week Nine: Sunshine

This week has been really interesting. I didn’t go anywhere and or do anything out of the box, but it was just a fantastic week in general. Not to mention, this weather this weekend was absolutely glorious. The sun was shining and it almost felt like 60 degrees, can you believe it?! I think the highlight of my week was the discussions we had in class. They weren’t long and honestly, not many participated (including myself), but they were incredibly thought-provoking which is probably why I couldn’t comprehend a solid response. We talked about morals, fidelity, and what constitutes a just war. These weren’t all in the same class, but I just thought it was cool to bring these things up because I think that it’s not necessarily taboo to discuss these sorts of topics, but it’s surely not the most common 11:00 a.m. conversation. Anyway, just thought I’d share that. Continue reading “Week Nine: Sunshine”

Week Eight: Defining “High Culture”

Week Eight: Defining “High Culture”

Happy March, everyone! This week overall was…very relaxing. After two weekends of traveling, it was good to finally slow down (and save some money). We went to the opera this week! This was very exciting for me because I love the opera. We saw La Traviata which I have to say I think I would have enjoyed more had it been in Italian rather than English. Reading the subtitles during the performance, I felt it took away from the overall experience because I couldn’t focus on anything except the cheesy translations. Don’t get me wrong, the subtitles were definitely needed, but it shifted my focus. Still, opera for me is all about the voices and they did not disappoint. I was incredibly entertained by the town’s elite within the story, but the voices of Violetta and Alfredo were so mesmerizing. I am always so fascinated by the vocal ranges and abilities of opera singers. How is it even possible? A true gift. On Thursday, I attended London Fashion Week with my friend, Ricardo! Continue reading “Week Eight: Defining “High Culture””