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I ride the metro a lot.

And I mean, a lot. As we have learned, I could easily walk to and from Sciences Po’s campus on the other side of the river every day, but when I have mornings like I had today, where I slept a little too late, ran a little too long and walked a little too leisurely with my lunchtime baguette, it’s nice to know that all I have to do is hop on the number 4 at Gare de l’Est to quickly be at school.

But I wish that my trips could be a little more beneficial, or at least have a greater amount of need to warrant them. Except for two class Tuesday, I ride the metro mostly just once a day — down there for class and then back home two hours later. It’s kind of excessive, but that’s how they set up classes here. Most courses only meet once a week for two or even three hours, so the rest of the time is basically up to you to figure out how to fill.

I spend a lot of this time reading, and wandering around and cooking, but I hope that all these warnings of Sciences Po making its students “trop debordés” (too overbooked/busy) are actually correct. I would absolutely LOVE to be debordé. Ça me rendrait heureux.

These last two days were relatively similar. Started my day with breakfast and some news reading, had a simple lunch, took the metro to Sciences Po, attended a reporting/journalism class — one on basic reporting, one on reporting techniques for French culture,  both appear interesting and informative — came home, went for a run (well, today I ran in the morning), made dinner and thought about my evening.

Yesterday, the dinner party gang and I went to see “Cabaret” with Liza Minelli in a nifty little theatre near Place St. Michel. It was really kind of unnerving — I’d never seen the movie, and I found Joel Grey to be just a little bit scary — but in all a good time.

Tonight, I might meet up with another UNC friend for coffee or something. There’s a big Sciences Po party somewhere tonight — actually, if Facebook serves me right, there are probably 2 or 3 ScPo parties — but I haven’t been very lucky with those in the past, so I might just call it a night or find something else to do elsewhere.

I wish things were more exciting here. This weekend I’m supposed to go on a Vespa tour of the city with a French friend (!), and I’m planning on going to a traditional French marché on Sunday morning with another friend to find ingredients for our proposed gypsy soup — thanks be to Molly Katzen, “The Moosewood Cookbook,” and my parents for uniting me with that lovely soup recipe — so I’d imagine things might get more exciting soon.

I have one more class to visit — my French seminar on music, politics and society — and it will most likely be very scary. I’m hopeful. Things have turned out pretty nice thus far.

Let’s hope they keep going.

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