7 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Studying Abroad In Paris

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

1. Just because you live in one city, it doesn't mean other cities will make automatically make sense. Paris is confusing as FUCK. I thought New York was confusing, LOL. No. Things make sense in New York. 23rd Street comes after 22nd Street and 2nd Avenue comes after 1st Avenue. We have the Lower East Side, Lower West Side, Upper East Side, Upper West Side. It doesn't take a genius to figure it out. Here, streets don't have order. They go everywhere and anywhere. And, for some reason, they have the names of the streets placed on inconspicuous parts of corner buildings so you have to literally stand at every intersection and gape at all the walls until you finally locate the name of the street.  What happened to good old street signs?

2. Parisians are not as evil as people make them out to be. I have yet to meet a single person who has been blatantly rude to  me. They actually all seem quite nice! If you speak English to (most) people, they're eager to answer back in English if they can. Of course, this is only probably for their own benefit, but that's fine.

3. Things close really early, or open really late. Not to perpetuate the whole "You can keep your so called workers" debacle, but the French really seem to enjoy their time off. The metro closes around midnight - though I guess this may seem reasonable to anyone from anywhere but NYC, where New Yorkers need their drunken 3am subway rides almost as much as they need their 8am coffees), and virtually nothing but clubs is open past 9pm,

4. Speaking of clubs, people are quite conservative here. In the U.S., go to any club or respectable bar area and expect to see hordes of girls walking around in tight, mini dresses and push up bras. Here, people kind of throw on some $400 jeans, a fur coat, and a Burberry bag. Which is fine and all. But I kind of enjoy walking around half-naked?

5. Jaywalking is not a thing here. People will give you dirty side-glances if you do.

6. You have to open the door yourself on the train. This one is the absolute kicker. What is the purpose of this? It's not like there's some nifty little button that you hit to open the doors, no, it's some weird little door handle that you have to put half your body weight into shoving , and when you finally manage that, it flies open so fast that you can't stop yourself from jumping in shock, thus alerting everyone on the train that you're a foreigner. And another thing about the metro: why is there so little personal space? Trains in America are positioned so that there is enough space for you to be able to sit in a chair without touching the person beside or across from you. In France, the trains are designed in quadruples of seats facing each other in such close proximity that it's physically impossible to sit in a seat without intertwining legs and making awkward eye contact with everyone in your weird quadruple. I don't know, maybe this is just me, but I don't really enjoying feeling like I'm at some unbearably uncomfortable intimate dinner with three (or more) strangers whenever I get on the train.


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Things I Love About London // Things I Hate About London

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Things I Love About London 
1. The tube is 37x more reliable and straightforward than the subway in New York. 
2. The accents, duh. 
3. Maltesers
4. Pretty houses
5. The grass is greener, and I really don't mean this metaphorically, the grass is literally greener than American grass. 
6. The possibility of running into a member of One Direction 

Things I Hate About London 
1. The metro closes, like... really early. 
2. Why is Parks and Rec not available on Netflix in this country?? WHY. 
3. And Hulu? That's also not available? 
5. Amazon Prime apparently does not switch over between your accounts when you move to different countries. 
6. Shit is more expensive here. I paid 12 pounds for contact solution. That's like, $15?
7. I gained about 7 pounds from all the delicious chocolate. 
8. The whole driving on the left side thing is kind of weird. 

My Things I Hate About London list is more extensive than my Things I Love About London list, but make no mistake, I'm obsessed with London. I've had a really great time and I'm kinda sad that I leave for Paris tomorrow. JK lmao I'M SO EXCITED. London has been fun, but I can't wait to see my friends, make new friends, get drunk in Paris, and start my classes. APPARENTLY, I'm going to be living in an apartment instead of a dorm, like I'd originally been told. My roommate, Colin and I only just got the notice, and we're pretty annoyed about it, not only because it's so short notice, but we don't get the same amenities that we would've in the dorms and we're going to be quite far away from our school. But we'll see how it goes when we get there, I suppose. 

I'm really glad I got to spend time with family that I haven't seen in ages here. I've been spoiled and pampered by all my aunts and uncles and have gotten to hang out with all my cousins and see some old friends. Because everyone is spread out in different parts of London, I've gotten to see so much of the city. Here's a lit of places I spent time in:

  • Canary Wharf 
  • Central London 
  • Windsor 
  • Mitcham 
  • Brent Cross
  • East Finchley 
  • East Putney 
  • Kent 
  • Shepherd's Bush
I went to most of these places on the tube, ALONE. Honestly, I'm basically a full blown British person. All I need is the accent and I would blend in so well. I don't care how horrible my cousin tells me my accent is. Like her American accent is any better........ Though to be fair, British people tend to be so much better at doing American accents than Americans are at doing British accents. But I digress. 

Anyway, on Tuesday, I got to see a friend, Tobi, that I haven't seen since I left Nigeria. It was great to catch up and hear about what everyone's doing, not that I care that much lmao, but it was still interesting. HERE IS A PIC OF US YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT BUT I'M GOING TO POST ANYWAY. 

On Thursday, I met up with my uncle who took me shopping and spent hundreds and hundreds of pounds at me at the mall. I got new shoes and a shit ton of makeup and I'm pretty sure I teared up a little at the end because I've been dreaming of the day some rich uncle would offer to take me shopping and it actually happened and I was so emotional. Dreams do come true, kids. 

Me trying on the highlighter that I bought from MAC. 

Today, I met up with my cousin at East Finchley!! This was my favorite day because she's one of my favorite cousins and we had a very deep conversation about life and love and it was so NICE to catch up because I haven't seen her in so long. She took me on a walk around Finchley while the sun was setting, and we even stopped at a pub that we heard One Direction frequents (cough cough I dragged her to it cough). Unfortunately for me, One Direction was not at the pub. but it was still cute to see. 

All in all, I'm really obsessed with London and I had such a great time. I'm sad I didn't get to see any of the night life, but my cousin has promised to take me around the next time I come back. The next time I write, I would've transformed from an English Bitch to a full blown Parisian Bitch. 

Au Revoir!

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Happy New Year!!!!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Hi Imaginary Readers of Mine (and future Dayo whose hits are probably 99% of the view count)!

Happy New Year! Wow! It's 2016!! What the fuck! I'm turning 20 this year, which means I'm now officially entering the year of adulthood, aka I'm now supposed to start having a vague idea of what I'm doing with my life!

Instead of this, I feel, however, I am only getting more panicked and neurotic. I make lists all the time of the shit I need to do in my life obsessively and then stress out and cry when I get none of them done ever. I think maybe it would be a good idea to add this to my resolution list: Stop being a simultaneously unproductive and list-obsessed OCD-suffering little shit. Because I really do need to stop. I suspect all the stressing out I'm doing is the cause of my breaking out more frequently than usual. Which has effectively forced me to also add "Take better care of your skin" to my resolution list.

Become one of those annoyin skin care ppl that have tons of skin care products lying around 
Have a great demo reel!
Learn cloth simulation on Maya!
Stop being a simultaneously unproductive and list-obsessed OCD-suffering little shit

I also want to put get a boyfriend and go to the gym more but I suppose I should stay realistic here. But the others are totally achievable! I intend to have most of them done by the time I return from France in May. Yes, readers (and Dayo), I'm studying abroad this semester! In Paris! Yay! I don't know why it's taken me so long to get to this point as that is really the whole premise of this blog. I'm determined to keep an account of my semester and all my travels because, really, when is this going to happen to me again.

See, last year was really good to me. SO GOOD TO ME. In fact, I think I can safely say it was probably the best of my life. Why, you ask? Well, here is a list of things that happened to me in 2015.

I spent a week in Florence, Italy with some of my best friends 
I finished my first year of college 
Rihanna poured me a drink at the club
I figured out what I want to do as a career (?)
I roomed with my best friends 
I lived in both Soho and on Broadway in one year 
I went to San Francisco for the first time
I interned at Atlantic Records 
The guy from 30H!3 and a member of the New York Giants 'flirted' with me 
I walked in New York Fashion Week 
I saw Beyonce front row
I won floor tickets to see One Direction 
I got free tickets to see Drake and Kanye West, who walked right past me 

YES I KNOW HOW FUCKING AMAZING. WHAT A LIT YEAR. And that's not even all! I just can't remember the rest of them... It's one of my biggest regrets that I've never been able to keep a consistent journal, especially when I started college, because I went through so many emotions and experienced so many new and cool things, and I think it's an absolute shame that I forgot any of it. I want to remember every bit of these four years of my life, because they are supposed to be the greatest. And with the way freshman year went, I don't doubt that at all.

So that's why I'm doing this. To remember 2016.

It started off pretty great. I took the train from Surrey, where my Aunt Remi lives to go visit my friend Olivia from my French class. She lives right outside of London in a place called Windsor and it was one of the prettiest places ever. We went to a house party which was quite cool, because they were all British. Most of them were really nice and I enjoyed being the only American lmao. Some girl's hair caught on fire which sounds really bad because it was but it was also really funny lol. I also witnessed my first 'streaking' which is apparently a thing in England where boys strip naked and run around for fun. I thought that only happened in books, but I guess I was wrong. It' funny because I was in a random house with random British people in some random countryside town in the UK and I still had a really great time. I love the idea of new experiences like that! I can't fucking wait to have more of them in Paris!!

Here are some pictures of my excursions with my cousin, Tamara!

I've been in London approximately 5 days now! So excited for the next few weeks when I move in to school :)

Shows I Am Watching ATM: How To Get Away With Murder, Arrow, How I Met Your Mother
Music I Am Listening to ATM: Troye Sivan, Halsey, Yo Gotti, Justin Bieber, Les Miserables Soundtrack
Books I Am Reading ATM: LOTR (Well pretending to at least)
Projects I Am Working On ATM: Caption It, Demo Reel, Learning Cloth Simulation

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