Fête des Lumières

It’s wintertime here in Lyon! That means snow, lots of soup in my homestay, and the Fête des Lumières. The Fête des Lumières is a giant festival that happens in the beginning of December every year in Lyon. It draws millions of people from around France and around the world. It last for four days and features ~dazzling~…

Parents’ Weekend – French edition

I mentioned in my last post that I spent my Thanksgiving with my parents and that I had a super time, but the fun with mom and dad didn’t stop at Thanksgiving! My mom and her friend came to Lyon in the middle of November and stayed right up to the end of the month….

Merci-giving

At first glance, this year’s Thanksgiving was a tiny bit weird for me. Unlike other American festivities that have found their way to Europe (Halloween, Katy Perry dance parties, etc.), Thanksgiving has remained in its country of origin. Nobody quite understands the tradition or knows how to make a paper turkey by tracing their hand. Add…

UCLA in España

I finally finished up my travels this past weekend with a trip to visit friends who are studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. After trekking around Paris, London, and Luxembourg, my friend Sasha and I had a few days of rest before hopping on a tiny plane that took us across the border into the land…

A potluck with the host families

This week there was a potluck get-together with all of the host families from my program. Studying in France with EAP, you have the option to live in a homestay with a “famille d’accueil” (or in English, a host family). A host family is there to help you practice your French and to acclimate you…

Wine tasting with EAP

The Education Abroad Program is great for a number of reasons. All of the classes you take abroad count for units when you get back to your UC, the cost of tuition is about the same, you get to meet other California kids, and (in my case) your program includes a free day in the…

En France

Yahoo! I am finally in France for my year of studying abroad with EAP. I’ve been here for almost a week now and already a lot has happened. I spent my first few days in the city’s international student center with around 60 other UC students. It’s been a ton of fun (despite being kind…

Getting My Visa

Okie doke, this is the first of what will be many posts chronicling my study abroad experience. I am going to be studying in France for the whole year next year, and even though I’m still in the states for now, lots of stuff has happened (and continues to happen) to get me ready for…