Wow! It’s been a whirlwind of a week so far. We arrived safely at the FIAP on Tuesday after our plane took time to fix mechanical problems, and the taxi driver got lost getting us home stuffed into a mini bus with 16 bags and 9 people!
The FIAP is basically a big dorm. You can find out more info here. I had quite a few technological problems when I first arrived, but I think the problems are almost all fixed!
We started classes Wednesday. The morning class will mostly be in SMU’s Reid Hall as well as at famous monuments (We went to the Pantheon on Thursday!) The afternoon class is almost strictly in the Louvre – exploring history through art. Dr. Wellman and Dr. Freidel already have been offering insightful thoughts, and I am looking forward to the next month.
Today we had the day off, so we went to the beautiful Luxembourg gardens and brought a picnic from the Monoprix (a Target-like store). Afterward we walked around and went to the famous opera house. It was absolutely stunning! There were marble and gold ceilings everywhere. I think we’re going to try to see a performance before we leave at the end of the month.
We have a lot of ideas of things we want to do this weekend, so we’ll see where we go and what we do! First I have a paper to write, due Tuesday!