September 23, 2016

I Should Have Paid More Attention in French Class

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
I think I have wanted to visit Paris since I was in the third grade. No exaggeration, the third grade. Now, 11 years later, that dream has come true.

Last weekend, I was able to explore the most beautiful city in the world with my study abroad program and it was incredible. I know you've heard that before but it really is. While I have no intentions of becoming a vlogger, here is a little video I made to share my experience with you all:


Here is also a quick recap of the weekend (because I loved it that much).

Day One:
We arrived in Paris early in the evening and my friends (Sonia and Morgan) and I had the opportunity to take a boat cruise along the Seine later that night. It was beautiful. The Eiffel Tower at night is a sight like no other. After the boat tour, we roamed about and had macaroons filled with gelato that changed my entire life.


Day Two:
The morning began with a bus tour of the city and ended with a visit at the Louvre. Of course, I had to take a million pictures in front of the entrance.

This is Sonia :)

After the Louvre, it was lunch time. We found an adorable cafe not too far from the museum and the bread, cheese and wine is actually as delicious as people say, I promise.

Night time is meant for night clubs, right (see what I did there)? We went to Palais Maillot and despite the fact that my six years of French completely failed me and I was laughed at numerous times for my awful attempts, I still had a lot of fun practicing the very little I did remember. The music was great and everyone quite literally danced the night away. I've never met more affectionate people than the French.

Day Three: 
Our last day in Paris was spent at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and walking along the Champs-Élysées. There is something so unsettling yet so exciting about being in a country where you don't speak the language. I found myself so intrigued with both similarities and differences between French culture and American culture.

Tomorrow is Afropunk London and although I won't be bringing my camera, I will try my best to put this iPhone to good use. I hope you enjoyed my Paris recap! Stay Profashional, my loves. xoxo
Clarice
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September 13, 2016

Why You Should Study Abroad #YoungLondoner

I have only been living in London for two weeks and I wish I could truly document the experience. Words, photos and videos only do it so much justice. There is something so incredibly eye opening about emerging yourself into a different culture. Living and interacting with the people and this city has been like taking the biggest breath of fresh air I have ever had in my twenty years of life.

So as if that wasn't convincing enough, I am going to break down my experience thus far into 4 different categories: School, Food, Culture and Nightlife.

School
My parents would be mad if I didn't start with this lol. I'm taking 5 classes this term: Reporting and Investigative Journalism, Fashion and Media, Video Production, and two graphic design courses; one image based and the other text. The main difference I have noticed is that the expectations here are much higher. Of course I can only speak from my personal experience but these professors (tutors, as the Brits would say) are playing no games. Due to the nature of my courses, I do not have any formal exams but am expected to complete assignments and A's are only awarded to work that goes above and beyond. Simply completing the work will earn you a B-. Sounds difficult but I'm really looking forward to the work I will be producing. I've been forced to get creative so stay tuned for some greatness.

Food
If someone has ever told you that British food sucks, keep them around because they love you. Of course if you enjoy bland food, by all means go for it. But stay away from the black pudding. Like really, stay away.

As I'm sure you've heard, the Indian restaurants are where it's at. My new friends (pictures coming soon) and I ventured out to Brick Lane last weekend for a street art walking tour and ended up at the shops and curry houses. We were not disappointed. Every Italian place I have been to has also been mouthwateringly fresh. Cream churned right before it got to the table fresh. I have yet to hit a tea room (if you know me, you know how surprising that is) but expect more in this section very soon!

Culture/ Lifestyle
My UK girls, Morgan and Ciarra!
There is so much I could put into this section but I won't give it all away because you should experience it for yourself (:

First and foremost, the Brits don't like us. They love our accents and music and that's about it. Secondly, the Brits are so nice! I have accidentally walked into so many people and each and every time they turn around and apologize to me. As if it was their shoulder in my way. Thirdly, the Brits drive on the other side of the road and it's weird. I think I have almost gotten hit by a car 12 times now due to the fact that I keep looking the wrong way before I cross the street. Fourthly, the museums, exhibitions, street art, fashion, cultural landmarks and city itself is so remarkable. There is something for everyone. Finally, the Brits believe in student discount!! From the supply store to Urban Outfitters, I have been able to get discounts on almost everything and who doesn't love a discount!

Street Art in East London
Nightlife
Save the best for last, right? Believe me when I say that these people know how to have a good time. Like a really good time. My first weekend here I went to a club called Visions in East London and this past weekend, I hit Tonteria in West London. I don't think I have ever had as much fun as I did in any club in the states. The only downside to clubbing out here is that you usually have to be on the guest list to get in or you could end up in line forever and/or not getting in at all. But when you do get in, it's totally worth it. Oh, and the drinking age is 18 in case you forgot.

Side note: Public transportation is the way to go. There is a travel card called the Oyster Card and once you load it up, you can access the tube and the bus which both run really late into the night making it the perfect way to get home after a night of partying!  

New friends I met in line (:
Studying abroad provides you with a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am currently living in one of the world's most amazing cities with no care in the world (classes always come first though). Paris this weekend and Fashion Week next! If you want to know anything about London or share your study abroad experience, please comment!

Stay Profashional, my loves! So much more to come! xoxo
Clarice
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