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A Washington & Lee junior and Marine Officer Candidate in Spain

Best Weekend Ever: Paris (A W&L Thanksgiving)

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One of the disadvantages of studying abroad is that you miss a lot of holidays from back home. And missing out can sometimes be a little rough. You see Facebook statuses, Twitter updates, and pictures from America that remind you of all the memories you’ve missed out on. I’ve found that the best cure for staving off the homesickness is creating memories of your own. So this year for Thanksgiving, I went to Paris.

I wasn’t alone — in fact, I met up with four friends from Washington and Lee. Stephanie is spending a year abroad studying philosophy and politics at Oxford. Natasha is studying in Geneva and working with the United Nations. Steele is toiling with French and international relations in Paris. And Ashley (who described wintry Paris as “balmy”) is in Denmark.

The result was probably the most awesome weekend I’ve had in Europe. We did some touristy things: in only two days, we managed to see the Invalides, Napoleon’s tomb, the Arc du Triomphe, the Champs Elysees, the Chateau de Vincennes, the Seinne booksellers, and the Eiffel Tower. We ate Nutella crêpes, attended a wine tasting (unlimited wine was cheaper than a single cup of coffee, thanks France), and had chocolate croissants.

The best times, however, were undoubtedly those with my fellow Generals. It was so much fun catching up with everyone. Stephanie apparently knows Emma Watson (who is also studying at Oxford) and shared a very interesting music playlist with the group. Natasha rubs shoulders with Liberian diplomats. Steele lives in a palace of an apartment and talks politics with a (seemingly — I don’t speak French) polished French accent. And Ashley regaled us with tales of Danish hospitality and Scandinavian adventures.

Seeing my W&L friends was just what I needed — my program here in Spain is winding down, and in exactly 26 days I will be back in the United States. But I’ll be bringing back a lot of great memories…and I’ll get to see everyone again for more than just a weekend!

Desde España, un abrazo fuerte.



Written by Lee

November 28, 2011 at 14:54

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