May 25, 2011
Efficace (productive)

I’m so excited!! I leave for Barcelona in the morning with a close group of friends here..who wouldn’t be excited! It was already difficult to sleep last night, so tonight is going to be like Christmas Eve when I was seven! My bags are packed, my nails are painted, and I purchased a new bathing suit top today! Gersende was quick to ask if I already had bathing suit bottoms..don’t worry, I do! Our plane lands Thursday around 12:30 pm and it is supposed to be 81 and mostly sunny! My plan is to drop my bags off at the hostel and head straight to the beach, which is thankfully just a short metro ride from our hostel! Can’t wait…

Even though I have the distraction of my Barcelona trip, I was a productive girl today!! I didn’t have class until the afternoon, but I got up at a good time and wrote my final political science paper. So that is crossed of the list! I have my last civilization course and then did a walking tour with a group of girls after class. This one happened to be in the same area as the professional tour I did on Friday! But I like the Mouffetard area and the girls enjoyed the tour..so that is all that matters! I have 13 walking tours staring me in the face when I return from my week of travels. It’s going to be tough but I’m determined to do it!! I won’t accept failure! 

After my walking tour, I went for a run/worked out for the last time before I need to be beach ready. Unfortunately, I’m not feeling in tip top shape. But I figure the Spaniards like their women with a few more curves anyway! Then I had dinner with Gersende, painted my nails, did a few last minute travel arrangements, and now I’m just waiting for my mom to get home so we can skype! 

The conversation in my civilization course was pretty interesting today. Of course, we talked about the DSK scandal some more. They can’t stop talking about it over here!! But that discussion lead to differences in relations between men and women in the US versus France. Our professor was shocked to hear that we find Parisians to engage in a lot of PDA, and we are talking a lot!! She had no idea!! We also said it would not be okay for a man who just met a woman for the first time to give her two kisses on the cheek, like they do in France. Just a hand shake will do in the US. She didn’t seem to be a fan. Although I must say, I quite enjoy the two kiss thing. I think it’s rather precious! A handshake does seem kind of cold when I think about it…

One of the good things that has come out of this DSK scandal is that it’s looking like the new front runner for the Socialist party is going to be a woman! And it sounds like she has quite a bit of potential. If she wins, she would be the first woman President in France. Although, Carla Bruni is pregnant and some people think it is to win back voters because the baby is due right around election time. Who knows! The French and their politics! It will be interesting to watch…

Well I’m off..expect a full report on Barcelona when I return on Sunday! Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you all!!

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