Where do I even start...
My time in Paris was the most beautiful, exciting, spontaneous, unpredictable experience I've ever had in my life. I will always remember it to be as strong and romantic as it was even before the attacks. A lot of people have been asking me what it was like being an exchange student in Paris when the attacks happened and I wanted to share my experience with you...
On that Friday the 13th, I was on a plane headed to Austria around 5 pm. I was traveling with my two roommates, and her two friends from NYC that were visiting for the weekend. We got to Vienna, had a lovely dinner downtown at a restaurant and then went to the hostel where we were staying at around 10 pm. While we were checking in, one of the girls connected to wifi, looked at her phone and said "Why is everyone texting me asking me if I'm okay and safe?".
All of us turned our data on and quickly realized that there were 8 terrorist attacks throughout the districts of Paris while we were traveling. We initially were all were in shock because...wow, did this really happen? How lucky are we that we weren't in Paris?
I immediately called my parents, boyfriend, and friends and I remember shaking because I really had no idea what was happening and there was no TV or computer for me to see the news. I was hearing all of these horrible things for the first time and it was really, really scary to hear. Especially because everyone I loved was half way across the world and it was only us here. I think what scared me the most was that there were still suspects on the loose, the borders were closed and we didn't know if it was safe to go back at all. We made the best out of Vienna and 2 days later we flew back to Paris on Sunday morning. We took a cab from the airport and didn't leave our apartment for the next 3 days.
When I finally felt comfortable taking the subway, I felt like it was my duty to visit the Bataclan memorial where all of the victims families and friends gathered to say a prayer and have a moment of silence. I took photos of that day so I could remember what it felt like being there.
Before I go on and share future posts, I thought it was necessary to say something about the time I spent there and how much respect I have for the romantic, beautiful city filled with love. It was everything I could have dreamed of and more, someday I know I'll go back to revisit and remember of all the memories I've made with my two amazing roommates.
I made the decision to come home from Paris for Thanksgiving and finish my semester from home doing my school work remotely. It was the best decision for me and I am so happy to be home with everyone I know and love for the holiday season. I will be going back to NYC in January to finish up my senior year and FINALLY BECOME A GRADUATE!
I've been working on certain things I've done in Paris for my site to show you guys, I promise it will be coming soon! Stay tuned..Xx