Our first day consisted of the six and a half hour plane ride, followed by Miriam and I not getting our luggage with everyone else because someone’s camisole got stuck in the revolving belt. Finally, we collected our bags and made our way to buy the tickets for the RER. Nicole and I were designated to get them but we were not prepared for how difficult they would be to obtain. The machine we went to only accepted coins, so we went to the change maker but our bills were too large, then we went to a store to get smaller bills but the cash register was broken, then we went to information and were finally directed to an area where they gave us the tickets in person. We were off to Cité Universitaire!
After a pleasant 45 minute ride, we arrived and were completely taken away with how beautiful the campus was. I had never seen an educational institution be so utterly gorgeous. All I wanted to do was get in my room, settle in, and take a nap. Unfortunately we were not allowed to check-in until 4pm and it was only noon. Instead MICEFA got all of our paperwork organized, explained the rules, and then took us downtown to go shopping. In 100 degree weather. We were miserable but at least miserable in Paris.
Our group went to get sandwiches since we were getting extremely hangry. After getting to eat we finally felt slightly human again. We wandered around for a bit until having to meet everyone back at the metro. We were of course on time but no one else was. The sun was menacing on our poor, jet-lagged bodies but eventually everyone showed up and we headed back to the dorms. We still had to wait another hour so I took a nap on the table. When I woke up, some of the rooms were ready. Eventually we all got to go up and settle in.
All of the Mary Wash Girls were on the third floor and got our work-out for the entire year in by hauling our luggage all the way up the stairs. My room is so light and airy and open I’m obsessed with it. It also seems to be the biggest which is awesome. We all chilled for an hour and then decided to get dinner and explore our neighbor. We walked about two miles before settling on a cute pizza place. I got gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce which was delicious but I think next time I’ll get pizza because that looked even more amazing. We headed back to the dorms and settled in before FINALLY getting to sleep after 36 hours. It was an eventful two days but the immense joy of being in this beautiful city made up for all of the hubbabaloo we had to go through.