I’ve been busy with school so I haven’t been able to travel as much as I would have liked to, but in less than a month I’ll be headed back to Europe for a couple of weeks.
I will spend three days in Paris, a week in Brussels, a day in Lille, and a day in Maastricht. It may sound like a completely random trip but it is actually for a Model European Union conference for my major, which is held in Brussels. I’m choosing to spend a few days in France because it was cheaper to fly into Paris than it was to fly in Belgium and well, why not? Paris has been and always will be one of my favorite cities.
Some of the things I hope to do this time around:
- See the Masterpiece Collection at the Louvre
- Go to la musée de l’orangerie (where Monet’s work is featured)
- Eat an authentic French meal
- Go on a walking tour (because I really hate bus tours)
Now that I’ve traveled significantly more than before I’m excited because so many things I had to learn the hard way I now know and I know I’ll have an even better experience exploring.
Another reason I’m excited to go back is because this time it will be a significantly different political culture than it was two years ago. Two years ago the biggest problem anyone really had was with the French government, and now? Well, I bet they’d be stoked to go back to those days. I know I would be. So, it will be nothing short of interesting to see how these political crises have shaped and are shaping the French culture. Will I even see a difference, or will France be the same old France but better and stronger? Only time will tell.