Now that I’m comfortably situated in a new homestay, I’ve been able to get into the swing of things and find a daily routine! Below is a description of a typical weekday for me.
7:00am (or 7h00 as the French say) : I get up, get dressed, and pack my bags.
7h30 : Breakfast (le petit-déjeuner). My host family provides breakfast every day.
8h00 : I leave for class. I now live on the west side of Paris, and my commute is about 45 minutes long on the metro.
9h00 : First class of the day! In the mornings, I have French or History of Francophone Africa.
“Midi” : For lunch, I either bring something or pick something up from one of the many fantastic cafés and restaurants on Rue Daguerre.
Afternoon class : In the afternoons, I have Poetics and Politics of Gender in France or Immigration and Diversity in Paris.
Afternoon pick me up : sometimes I desperately need coffee in the afternoon, so I’ll stop by somewhere for an espresso or café crème and a viennoiserie (pastry) if I’m feeling indulgent!
Ballet : Twice a week, I take evening ballet classes in the Marais for course credit!
19h45 : Dinner. My host family provides dinner three nights a week – usually Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
29h30 : sleep! After a long day of commuting and speaking, listening, and thinking in French, I’m always exhausted.
Other aspects of daily life in Paris: