Jour à Toulouse

Today we took our first little adventure to downtown Toulouse which is absolutely incredible. Also incredible… the transportation. You hear all the time that it is so convenient to get around in Europe and I can say for myself that this is 100% true. The U.S. needs metros everywhere asap.

We realized quickly that about 20% of shops are open on Sunday’s in Toulouse so it was kind of difficult to find somewhere to eat. We eventually came upon a little bakery with the most amazing looking pastries and bread (picture below). I got a personal pizza with pineapple, chicken, cheese, and what I think was cream cheese in place of the sauce. Weird combination, I know. The dough is so dense that I was only able to eat three bites before I was full but it was delicious.

There was a cultural fair going on with countries from all around the world in front of the capital with different kinds of performances for all of the cultures. We checked out the United States tent, but they were grouped with England and they pretty much only had London information ūüė¶ I’m kind of wondering if that’s on purpose.

We made it to the river (La Garonne) which looks like it will be a great place to be in the evening. The rest of our time we spent just wandering around and taking in the scenery. Luckily, we didn’t have much trouble with directions even though the streets are absolutely crazy here. They all run at different angles and cross in the weirdest places, I’m not sure how anyone gets around in a car. Guess that’s what the metro is for!

Au Revoir!

All of the streets look like this in some way or another. So beautiful

All of the streets look like this in some way or another. So beautiful

Just SOME of the pastries from the bakery we went to. They have cookies with nutella on them (:

Just SOME of the pastries from the bakery we went to. They have cookies with nutella on them (:

Bonjour Paris

No sleep, one ocean, two flights, and a three hour delay later I am finally headed to Toulouse to begin my study abroad program. Things I have learned in the past twenty four hours:

The French language is beautiful

Food in Charles de Gaulle is exponentially better than O’hare

Flights more than three hours long are not my friend

Into the Woods is an incredibly annoying film

The two kisses on the cheek is totally practiced here

And I’m surprised by the amount of French women I have seen wearing really nice outfits with tennis shoes

For any of you who talked to me before I left, you knew how terrified I was of flying over the ocean and traveling by myself in general. I’m happy to report that I made it just fine so far (with a little help through customs from a nice woman on my flight from the U.S.) and hope the rest of my travels run smoothly!