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Supermarket Sweep

In Quotidian life, Paris, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Annie

Every morning I wake up early to sprawling sunlight throughout my apartment, complemented by the sounds of the traffic below that are so disruptive that I cannot just roll over and fall back asleep. Paris is a very residential city and in many places, you’ll find yourself in the middle of complete silence with no one in sight. I, however, …

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Chasing Anglicisms

In Communicating, Paris, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Annie

“je prends un espresso, svp” (I’ll have an espresso, please) “vous voudrez un expresso?” (you want an expresso?) “…oui, merci” (…yes, thanks) I’ve been studying French for 5-ish years, which means I shouldn’t really have trouble communicating. And for the most part, I don’t, but there are tiny American/anglophone mannerisms that I unintentionally sprinkle into my speech that set me …

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The Silent French

In Communicating, Paris, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jack Hall

Paris is rarely silent; the French are very versed in versing. Communication is at the forefront of French culture, narrowly beating baguettes and wine. You pay 2,60€ for a café and a table facing the street, with a chair next to you, directly next to you, where you will sit with a friend for hours—never asked to leave—and talk. You …

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Caught up in Culture

In Wayfinding, Paris, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jason Vu

My apartment here in Paris is in an amazing location. I live right in the heart of the 10th Arrondissement right on the Saint Martin Canal. It’s huge compared to others I’ve seen and it just happens to be across the street from a supermarket that’s open daily until midnight and right around the corner of one of the best …

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I’m sorry, turn left where?

In Wayfinding, Paris, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jack Hall

My sense of direction is, put modestly in order to save something of my feminine dignity, lacking. However, my ability to ask for directions is, put gallantly in order to promote my independent woman-ness, phenomenal. I have adapted a very fortunate disposition so as to not mind the ‘embarrassment’ purported to be associated with the action of being lost. Maybe …

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Paris Syndrome

In Going Places, Paris, News, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jack Hall

At moments, already, I feel that I would just as soon round up all the tourists, package them tightly on a large 747, and send them home. It’s incomprehensible to me; their iPhones are glued to their faces as they attempt to navigate their way to the nearest monument. They will ogle at it for a minute or two before pushing …

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Uprooting

In Going Places, Paris, Places, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jason Vu

I have been in Paris for a little more than a week now, yet it still hasn’t really hit me that this will be my home for the next fifteen weeks. I vividly remembering preparing for this semester and being so nervous to pick up my life and root myself in a completely foreign land. When I think back to …

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I live here…

In Introductions, Paris, Places, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jason Vu

Hi everyone! I’m Jason Vu and I am a junior in NYU’s Gallatin School of individualized Study with a concentration in The Role of Public Relations and Communications in Fashion Culture. I’m originally from Los Altos, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area and I attended an all male Jesuit high school in San Jose, CA called Bellarmine College Preparatory. …

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The Marilyn Monroes of Monoprix

In Introductions, Paris, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jack Hall

The vent outside of the Monoprix, the supermarché—massive, and with unbelievably powerful gusts flowing constantly—had to have been designed by a group of Frenchmen sitting in a room, discussing the beautiful skirts of the variable housewives and strikingly lovely young women who move frequently around the market on Rue du Rennes. In the span of walking into the supermarket, realizing …