Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Day 2 Bastille Day

Happy Bastille Day!! I’m so glad I could be here to celebrate such an incredible holiday!

Yesterday I woke up in time for a breakfast of bread, bread, and more bread (Not really, but there was still a lot of bread).The group went by foot to the American University in Paris to attend a brief academic orientation. Afterwards, I had lunch at the hostel and went with a group of friends to Notre Dame. No big deal, right? We were completely astounded when we took the stairs back up from the underground tunnel. The district where our hostel is located is completely different from the Notre Dame district. People from all walks of life crowded everywhere in order to witness the absolutely breathtaking architecture all around them. Stepping out from the dank Metro, we could see a large river flowing towards Notre Dame. To our left, we observed a large fountain that poured water that was stained a pink color. Once we arrived at Notre Dame, we all took note of the many people walking about the area. There was one woman who stood with her arms outstretched, brandishing a bandana across her eyes and a sign at her feet that read “I trust you. Do you trust me? Hug me.” I was extremely skeptical of this lady, especially after hearing about the famous pickpockets of France. However, after watching her give hugs to several complete strangers, I was convinced that she was completely harmless. I walked over to her and gave her a huge hug. After talking with a person who was filming the woman, our group learned that she is a singer who is trying to make a name for herself by creating a music video. It was refreshing to see someone simply giving hugs without any negative ulterior motives.We rushed excitedly to catch the remaining fireworks that were going off at the Eiffel Tower to commemorate Bastille Day. Unfortunately, we could not make it in time, but were still rewarded by the fantastic presence of the Tower itself.  We were completely flabbergasted by the excited and hectic atmosphere surrounding the Tower. That was truly an experience.