Yes...there's a reason I've been pinning to my travel board lately, a reason why I've been on edge regarding stress (hoping + praying that my passport would come in on time), and why I'm elated to finally pack all my striped shirts together...
I'm going to Paris this summer!
Well, in less than two weeks to be exact...I know, I know...there's been no mention on the blog, on IG, or anywhere lately as I've been keeping it under wraps for a while and only a few friends + family members have known. This is all because this trip literally came together about a month and a half ago when my mother and I were discussing study abroad options.
If you know me in real life or even in the blog world, I love Europe and have always dreamed of going there...but the moneys are kind of a necessity and summer programs are preeeeetty darn expensive, so I figured it just wasn't meant to be. Fast forward to February a little bit after my birthday, I was chatting with my mother and wistfully telling her it was a pity I couldn't finish my language requirements in France (since I have to take more than two semesters of French) and how if only I could, because that would free up my course load senior year. A couple phone calls later and serious discussions about loans and fundraising, my parents told me that they thought this was an opportunity that they wanted me to have.
So...in June, I will be in Paris, studying French through a study abroad program with several classmates, and living with a French family. It's only just starting to feel real, but it's still hard to believe that next month I'll be strolling by the Seine, gazing at the Eiffel Tower, and sipping coffee outside a cafe while people watching.
Because I'll be taking classes, I'm not sure what blogging will look like next month, but if you want to be overwhelmed with shots of the Paris skyline, countless croissants, and my feet on cobblestone streets, then you can follow along on Instagram, where I'll undoubtedly be 'gramming up a storm. Apologies in advance...but not really. ;)
Also, packing/places to visit/eat suggestions are more than welcome - hit me up with any and all advice!! I'm hoping to visit as many countries as I can squeeze into a month (most notably ENGLAND), so allll advice is appreciated.