I took my first short day trip outside of Paris the weekend after classes began.
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hello friends! i normally try not to take myself too seriously on this silly little vanity project, but a few quick words — i’ve taken something of a break on this account these last few weeks in an attempt to give space to the creators who need it most right now and to try to process my own thoughts on what’s going on in my country. i believe i’m at a point where i’m comfortable once again resuming my normal trivial fashion and travel posts, but not without also recognizing that while i enjoy taking and editing photos of my outfits, it’s clearly one of the least important things going on in the world right now. i like my blog and i hope some of you do too — but i don’t want to distract from the critical dialogue we as a nation are engaging in surrounding systemic injustice, police brutality, and human rights. i’ve compiled a list in my story highlights of some of the resources i’ve been digesting these last few weeks to help me as a non-Black poc comprehend the state of contemporary race relations — please do check them out! blm ✊ anyway, here’s a pre-covid pic of me in bordeaux
Normally, I wouldn’t opt to do a ton of traveling right after I’d arrived in a new city (remember — I’d arrived in Paris just two weeks prior), but my Welcome Programme friends wanted to travel, and I wanted to make sure I kept up my ties with them. The first few weeks in a new location/school are a critical period — I don’t normally adhere to a FOMO (fear of missing out) mindset, but when I’m trying to make and keep new friends, I find it’s often best to take people up on as many invitations as possible.
Sometimes though, that can be exhausting. In the case of this Bordeaux trip, it meant getting on a night bus at 10pm on a Friday night after I’d just finished the first week of classes so that I could arrive at 6am Saturday morning in Bordeaux. This was my first experience traveling via night bus — and not my last. Keep that in mind for later.
The morning in Bordeaux was spent walking around the actual city center with a free walking tour (interestingly, I believe it was with the same walking tours group as I took a tour with in Jerusalem? Small world). My friends and I got lunch at an Italian pizza place in the afternoon, and then we hopped on a bus for a winery tour — the actual main attraction of Bordeaux.
I’ve gone on many bourbon distillery tours in my life, but I believe this was only second time (the first one being in Frascati, just outside of Rome) at a winery. I’ll be honest — I’m not super interested in the actual process of manufacturing or bottling wine. I’m mostly just there for the free tasting at the end and the pretty locations for photos. That I will say winery tours seem to be better at than distillery tours — the pretty locations for photo-taking. French châteaux in the countryside are admittedly a little more romantic than what Kentucky has to offer.
In the evening, we left Bordeaux via the fast train, so at least we didn’t have another 12 hour bus ride to top off an already exhausting day. I made it back to my apartment in Paris before the last Metro on Ligne 4 left for Porte d’Orléans at 10pm.
I didn’t get a ton of work done that day, but since it was the very beginning of the year, there wasn’t much to do anyway. As they say, “less study, more abroad.”
That’s about it for today. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you in the next one with more updates on my life this semester abroad in France. Don’t forget to check me out on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Bloglovin, Twitter, and Tumblr! For business inquiries, shoot me an email at email@example.com!
Jacket: Free’p’star Paris (thrifted)