So I’m back from Paris! I had an amazing weekend exploring the wonderful city that I just love so much! I kinda wish I had studied abroad there for the semester instead of Florence. (Even though it is much colder there and they eventually get the snow.) The city is just newer…it has a feel similar to New York City while still having a huge sense of history. The people in Paris aren’t just all tourists–Florence is a place that seems to run off the tourist culture.
I spent the weekend climbing the Eiffel Tower, shopping down the Champs Elysees, exploring the Catacombes, photographing the graves at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, and wondering around the city. I went by myself and stayed in a hostel for the first time. All the other people in my room were really nice and traveling alone. Many were actually traveling for months on end around Europe. I met a lot of great people and heard a lot of great stories.
Now I’m back in Italy and need to get back into the swing of things here.
Dexter came back last night!!! I’M ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED WITH THIS SHOW–probably my favorite show ever!!!!!
Also last night there were real tweets going out that there WILL BE NEW EPISODES OF ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT WILL AIR and there will be a movie!!! The show was canceled way too soon–more people watch it now then back when it was on! Will Arnett even confirmed it!! SO FREAKING EXCITEDDDDDDDDDDD
I get that not everyone that studies abroad is an experienced traveler. I realize that I am one of a small group of people who have traveled as much as I have during my 21 years of life and that many of my peers have never left the country before college. But what I don’t understand is how at the age of 20, some people still can’t act their age. Basically I spent the day in Arezzo, Italy with two of my friends and this other girl that one of them had just met. She was really nice at first, we both go to school up in Massachusetts and have similar interests in movies and television. But after spending some time with her, it just became taxing–she couldn’t do things on her own (she made my friend find a bathroom with her because she couldn’t just go into a cafe and ask herself), she complained constantly about her roommates (actually calling them “the nicer one” and “the mean one”) and she freaked out when we told her that we weren’t going to buy return tickets because we figured that our tickets would still work (when the ticket guy came on the train she was actually fidgeting so bad and she was about to go hide in the bathroom)…I mean come on. Grow up. She comes from a very sheltered background and believe me, I understand that–most of my best friends that I grew up with were extremely sheltered. But unlike my friends, she hasn’t used college in a way to become independent or to find herself–she goes home on the weekends and thinks way too much about what people think about her. I commend her for traveling all the way to Europe, on her own, for an entire semester but I think she needs to do some major searching. Talking to her, I felt like I was much older instead of only a year. It’s amazing how much coddling some people need. I hope that she learns from her experiences here but I have a feeling that she may always be one of those people who just thinks they are the victim.