Lisbon > Paris
3-11 Oct 2016
Accommodation: Airbnb — 1350SGD/month (it’s insane)
Here are some tales from my first week on exchange in Paris
Days 1 & 2
Alright so I pretty much bummed the weekend away, slacked the morning away saying goodbyes before I took my flight to Paris (CDG) and I finally made it to my apartment. It’s really great cause it’s near the big train station (Gare-du-Nord) that people take to from the airport. Oh yeah here are the compulsory pictures of my room
1350SGD a month
Yeah. Paris is crazy expensive. It’s way better if you can find people to share with cause it’ll cost a bit more than me per head but live in a way bigger/nicer place! Housing in Paris is basically quite the horror.
Met Sara and Kai Yu for dinner on Sat (2 other Singaporeans going to ESCP too, the last one being Su-Lynn). Think it’s just nice to talk to some people from home once in a while-
The metro here is really quite confusing at first glance, am getting used to it now but still ain’t easy. ALSO — it costs 1.90 euros for one ride so it’s really not that cheap for us Asians. Even locals it seems because I have seen many people hop over the gantries wowow.
I REALLY LAUGHED ALOUD IN THE METRO people were judging but OH BOTHER I HAD to take photos of these on point advertisements.
Spent Sunday walking around and buying groceries and trying to get to know the streets- Singapore’s streets are really clean guys please appreciate what we have back home.
Alright so each week will be basically from Monday to Sunday LEZZGO
For the next 5 days we had lessons for all the exchange students- more like general education-ish in France for us. So besides making new friends from all other countries (shout-out to Maximilian & Yannick who trusted me to get us to the Free Centre (it’s a SIM card shop) on day 2 HAHA it was an adventure).
The Shuffle team (that’s what they call themselves) made the orientation week quite eventful with the stuff they organized like a bar session after the first day, and a picnic on the 3rd- WHICH REMINDS ME
I DID NOT REALISE THAT THIS WAS THE EIFFEL TOWER HAHAHAHA
Simply because I thought it would be way taller than that so I eventually asked and one of the locals told me it’s some tourist syndrome when you realize the Eiffel is shorter than you expect it to be. After all, it’s been built a long time ago right how? How tall can it be? Ah well I felt stooopid.
Thursday night we had a much closer view here you go:
Spent the weekend bumming I did. Did manage to roam around and see some of the famous sites with some friends (chilled around Notre Dame till past 1am), and found some legit Pho to eat, and grocery shopped, and did laundry at last, and yeah basic stuff man.
CONGRATULATIONS ON MAKING IT TO THE END
This be the most hilarious part of the week. I cooked Carbonara. And unlike the traditional version I like the creamy one (the non-authentic one) and thus I had to buy cream from the store. However… I had no data yet to translate the stuff… So instead of normal cream I ended up buying-
SOUR FREAKING CREAM
GG I HAD TO WASH MY CARBONARA AND GO AND BUY PROPER CREAM HAHAHAHA LIKE WHO DOES THAT BUT IT WAS REALLY SO PAINFUL EATING IT I COULDN’T OMG OMG OMG okay I’m done. Laugh at me please. Washing pasta wtheck right.
And yes that concludes Week 1 :) Week 2 up shortly cause I’m lagging behind