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France - Paris to Auckland

by Taylor Dunn.

The last four weeks have flown by. It feels like it was only yesterday that Imogen, Nick, Ellie and I stepped off the plane into a different culture and way of life. And now, here I am, four weeks later sitting in Charles de Gaulle airport waiting for the boarding call to head back home.

Over this last week I felt like I was winding back down, saying goodbye to the new friends I had only just met and I’m sure the others felt the same. During our last week we continued with school, practicing our French, which had improved in the short space of time we had been there. The highlight of the week was the opportunity to travel to Musée d’Orsay, a museum of art, with one of the French teachers, David. David showed us beautiful paintings and gorgeous sculptures created by famous artists. It was simply inspiring. At the end of our tour we visited the museum's café that is famous for having the biggest éclair. Unfortunately for us, they didn’t have it on the menu that day!

Sitting here reflecting on my time in Paris I can honestly say it was a truly amazing experience. My French family were wonderful hosts, making me feel part of their family and showing me the real Parisian lifestyle along with the touristy attractions I wanted to see such as the Eiffel Tower and Versailles.

I realise I have been fortunate to be given this opportunity by my family and the school. You learn a lot about yourself travelling to the other side of the world on your own and living within another culture. It was a big learning curve in the beginning, but the opportunity is certainly something I would recommend to other students.

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