Sunday, July 17, 2011

Italy and packing

So, Italy was amazing.  We lost a bit of money on changing plane tickets and had to skip Venice, but I got to see a good friend who is studying in Florence, saw the major sites of Rome, and hiked the 5 towns of the Cinque Terre.  And, surprisingly, Etienne and I didn't hate each other by the end of it.  I haven't put pictures on my computer yet but I will soon and upload a few here.

Otherwise, since we've been back, I've been hanging out a bit more with Etienne before he left for another trip in Normandy.  We said goodbye yesterday, the first of what will be several goodbyes in the next 3 days.  Yep, that's right, 3 more days in Paris then I hop on a flight and get on home for good.  Still mixed feelings.  I've never been much good at goodbyes.

So my time as an American Au Pair in Paris is coming to an end.  Off to the WOS to say au revoir to some of my favorite people in Paris.  Not looking forward to all this packing and cleaning...


  1. I just found this blog. I'll be a au pair in Nantes, France next month. I loved reading what you wrote. It was very informative. Would you do it again? (Au pair?) Any other advice you have to give to us newbies finding this blog?


  2. Amber,

    Glad you found me! In hindsight it's pretty easy to say I'd do it again, for sure. I didn't always feel that way DURING the year, but now that I'm gone I'm definitely missing the experience. Whatever you do, stay the whole year! Especially around Christmas, it could get really hard, but I'm so glad I stuck it out. Homesickness happens, but it also goes away with time. Also, if you have the time and money (I sometimes did) TRAVEL. SNCF, the French train company, has a 12-25 card that gets you discounts on domestic and some international trains for 50 euros. It will definitely be worth it if you plan to travel a lot within France.

    Let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to send any friends my way. Good luck and enjoy your travels!

    Sarah Kate