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Métro

Today has been one of those days that has been so busy, it feels like two.

We woke up for a breakfast at eight after returning home the previous night after eleven. We had to be fed, cleaned, packed and downstairs with our absurdly heavy suitcases by quarter to nine. We were off to the Science museum by ten past.

Catching the métro always causes a bit of a buzz, but even I admit that the not-holding-on competitions lose their fun after a while, so the two long métro rides to the museum were a bit of a drag. But once there, it was all worth it.

I am one for science museums, but I could tell that even those who had been less exited than me were entranced by the large displays and interactive activities. We were set loose to discover all the various areas. My personal favourite was the sound section, in which you could play games, manipulate your voice or record a message for a huge database.

Once rounded up, which takes longer than you would expect due to the huge crowds, we wandered over to the giant reflective dome containing the one hundred and eighty degree movie theatre.

Under the Sea was showing, in French. It was an amazing experience to have so much of your peripheral vision taken up by an underwater scene that you felt completely immersed. At one point, I even felt like I had to hold my breath! Reluctantly, we left and took the métro back to FIAP, where we collected our bags and headed off.

The next part of our day was taken up largely by the most dreaded activity of the trip; taking our suitcases on the métro. We had to trudge up and down far too many stairs, lugging bags that barely closed, then squish into the stuffy métro carriages.

Fortunately, our hostel is amazing! It is huge and old, there are too many staircases and halls and bridges to count. Getting from one room to another is almost impossible to do without getting lost.

All in all, today has been a tiring, yet exciting adventure.

Annabel Wylie