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Could not have been more blessed for being able to go to Paris with an amazing group of classmates and learn from such an extraordinary and giving Professor. I miss Paris already! ☹
Ooo-ya a e-ya ya-ooo-ya
Ooo-ya e-ya ooo-ya
Monday’s class was held on a French holiday so lucky for us we were able to have a school staff member come in just to have the door open. horray. But today’s lecture was pretty interesting. Dr. Maboula Soumahoro discussed the coming of HipHop from the US to Paris and how it grew from there. Also, she brought a french author of some erotic and hiphop french books to discuss her take on hiphop as well. After Lunch we went to a Dance studio and took a 2 hour hiphop dance lesson that kicked my butt! first of all, i cant dance. Also, I have bad memory. So every time we had to repeat something I would forget the moves and then couldn’t move my body at all the instructor would say how we were suppose to. Now I know how people feel when i give them swim lessons and they dont do anything I tell or show them right. Good thing though was that I got the best (and only) workout ever while being here in Paris.
Wednesday, May 23 – Wine tasting with Madame Melba Buillard at European Management Center
Well what I had thought was going to be a simple wine tasting of a couple different wines that day ended up being a 2 hour mini class on EVERYTHING wine. We had to learn the sciences of wine, all the aspects that make good quality wine, the composition of the final wine product, how to properly look, smell, taste, and describe the wine. Was A LOT! We tried 4 different wines and I didn’t like any of them. We had a white Muscadet, a rose Roussillon Grenache blanc, a red (more like brown) Loire Cabernet Franc, and a red Rhone-Chateau-Neuf (just hand me my cheap moscato please. jk). Afterwards some classmates and I got lost for hours near the concord metro station to find the Lampchamp store. pretty sure Michael and I walked a good 4 miles the least determined to find that dang store. But we never gave up and I finally was able to purchase my very one Longchamp bag which has the Eiffel tower on it. That night we (clichely) went to the Eiffel tower at Midnight to toast to Devins Birthday. Was really cool to see the Eiffel tower at night minus my camera’s lack of night-picture-taking-capabilities.
Thursday, May 24 – Alexandre Dumas Tour & Guest Lecture by Dr. Dieudonné Gnammankou
Thursday was on a thin line between awful and bad. We spent about 4 hours trying to get to the Chataeu of Alexandre Dumas. And then only spent 30 minutes inside because the professor noticed we were worn out from being lost all day. All and all, the over all lesson for that day was that Alexandre Dumas was a very successful writer (i.e. the 3 Musketeers) back in 1800-something and had black features ( because his farther’s mother was a black women) and so many people tried to discriminate against him and his work. Unfortunately, not many of his things within the home were kept so there were really just old pictures to look at but it was a beautiful house though. That night we explored the night life of the Bastille area, down Rue de Lapp… that was interesting…
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