Our week here in France is almost over and it has been everything I dreamed of. My biggest fear was that I had forgotten all of the French that I used to use daily while still in the classroom. While it is definitely a little dusty, I was very happy to find that it mostly all came back to me very quickly. Spending the week almost entirely in Paris has also been a wonderful experience that I can't wait to repeat. There is a café directly across from our appartment where I go to work on grad school work in the late afternoon before meeting Brad and Ryan again for dinner. I know how to get to our appartment from variety of directions now without the help of Google Maps. I've bought food at the supermarché and beauty needs at the pharmacie. I went to the poste and made a business phone call...all in French. Not a day has gone by where at least one person hasn't been surprised at how well I speak French (although some days, that person is me!).
What have I learned from this experience? That I need to come back and stay longer, bien sûr!