Immediately after our last lecture on Friday, my friends and I rushed off to the Gare de Lyon - Part Dieu in order to catch a train to Marseille (Mar-say), France. One of the southernmost cities in France, Marseille is a port city known for its rich blue water and great seafood. There is also … Continue reading Days Ten, Eleven, and Twelve: Marseille, You Say?
Having completed one full week of French living, I can say that I feel much more acclimated to life in France than before (I'm not dead so that's good). I feel much more adjusted to the time zone, thanks to vending machine coffee, and have a sense of where things are located. I can also … Continue reading Days Eight, Nine, and Ten: a Cluster of Chemicals and Culture.
While the past two days have been a whirlwind of traveling and information overload, it's now time to settle into a semi-typical routine for the main purpose of being in Lyon: classes. (Cue simultaneous grunts and sighs from audience members.) This summer, I'm taking organic chemistry II, synthesis laboratory, and cell and molecular biology. On … Continue reading Days Three and Four: Jumping into History and Organic Chemistry.
If there is one piece of advice I would give to any person wishing to travel to France, it would be to learn some French before you arrive. While some people speak English, more only speak French, and all of the labels in markets will be in French. I haven't purchased anything crazy by accident … Continue reading Day Two: Food, Photos, and…French kissing?
Travel days can be some of the best and worst days of a vacation. You're excited for the upcoming journey; however, when you are literally using planes, trains, and automobiles to get to your destination, travel days can leave you exhausted and your circadian rhythms all out of whack. Nevertheless, these tiresome days always lead to … Continue reading Day One: Parlez-vous anglais?