|Me with a Gibraltar monkey!|
After returning from Gibraltar and Ronda, I met up with my friend on the rugby team Katie and went to Paris for the weekend! We were only there for about two days in total, but still got a lot done. We saw all of the sites: the Moulin Rouge, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre (and Mona Lisa, of course!), Sacre Coeur, and Notre Dame, among others. We were there for Easter weekend and had the privilege of attending mass at Notre Dame on Easter morning. It was quite an experience, despite the fact the entire service was in French and neither of us speak a word of that language. Also in Paris we met up with my friend Nick from Dickinson who is studying there for the semester. He took us around for a bit before bringing us to the Seine River to hang out with his friends. It was a very fun evening and we got to wave at and have our picture taken by the tourists on the river cruises. The hostel we had in Paris was awesome as well, as it was more like living in a home than a hostel. We had two Chinese women, who are teaching Mandarin in England for the year at different locations, in our room and they were very nice to talk to. It was interesting hearing their perspective on England and the places they have traveled to. The hostel also provided us home cooked meals at Breakfast and Dinner, which were very delicious! Breakfast was a standard spread of bread, butter, jam, eggs, and fruit, but dinner was a different Korean meal each night. In the kitchen, everyone who was eating sat around a dinner table and ate together. This way, we got to get to know people who were living in the hostel. We met people from all around the world who were all in Paris for different reasons. It was surreal how many people of different races, nationalities, and ethnicities were all sitting at this table.
|The team on the last day of Tour|
|Blurry, but Josh, Lottie, and I in Essex|
My trip to Essex was the last of my spring break adventures, and as you can see I was a very busy bee! Now I am beginning to prep for final exams, which start for me next Friday. I am very nervous about them because they count for 50% of my final grade, but hopefully with lots of preparation I will do well.