Basically, it was raining when we landed and continued to rain all day. We landed in Charles De Gaulle International Airport at 7:02 am Paris time, which was about midnight back in Missouri. Our taxi dropped Katie off first and then took Jaclyn and me to ours.

The apartment we’re living in is a very busy neighborhood filled with shops. Our street is full of outdoor markets so the driver dropped us off on the larger, more open street and we just walked down to our building. M. and Mme. Chalufour were waiting for us and were super nice and helped us with our luggage.

One of the many markets on our street, right below our bedroom windows.

One of the many markets on our street, right below our bedroom windows.

The apartment is very nice and much larger than I expected. Jaclyn and I have our own rooms with a private bathroom and we share the shower with the rest of the family. There’s a nice dining room, living room/computer area and a TV room, plus the kitchen and a very cute closed off outdoor patio. So far we’ve met the entire family, minus the oldest son who is married and lives away from the city. We met M. and Mme. Chalufour, their other children-Flore, Vladimir, Annabelle and Colombe and Lider the dog.

The patio for the apartment.

The patio for the apartment.

After unpacking a bit and getting settled in, Mme Chalufour took us on a walking tour of the neighborhood, which happens to mean a walking tour of the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe! It was raining off and on so we had to keep ducking into stores to stay dry!

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

After the tour we went back to the apartment and unpacked some more. Soon Mme. Chalufour went to work (conveniently right next door) and Jaclyn and I caught up with Katie. We all realized that we have some directional getting-used-to as it took us about 30 minutes to find each other in a 6 block radius!

Eventually we did meet up and we walked around trying to get a good view of the Eiffel Tower and trying to find a cheap lunch. Lunch was a success. We found a nice boulangerie (bakery) and each got a traditional French sandwich for less than 5 Euros. By this point we were all tired so we split back up to go rest and decided to just see Katie tomorrow at our IES (the sponsor program) orientation.

Our first Parisien meal!

Our first Parisien meal!

When Jaclyn and I got home we did some more unpacking and looked through some of the books around the house. I have a feeling 8 weeks won’t even come close to being enough time to see all the books in the apartment! They’re everywhere, leveling the TV, in the hall, even in the bathroom!

Because we were both so tired we decided to rest “a little.” This short breather turned into a 2 hour nap! When we woke up we went out to the patio and looked through the tour books for possible visiting spots before dinner.

Dinner was a lot of fun. I’m really proud of our conversation skills and enjoyed the cultural discussions. Colombe was stunned to hear how big MU is!

After dinner we ave the Chalufours our gifts from home. I gave them some chopped walnuts and sorghum syrup and lots of historical information on good ol’ Butler. Then we had coffee and chatted some more before heading to our rooms

This was time to make battle plans for tomorrow. Because water is so expensive we’re supposed to keep our showers to 10 minutes or less. Now this normally wouldn’t bea problem but I realized I needed to shave and wash my hair tomorrow morning and I simply wouldn’t have time to do both-so I decided to shave in the sink…Don’t freak out, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. It was certainly an experience I don’t intend to repeat though. Just imagine me in a tiny corner with my leg up on a tiny sink trying not to slice up my legs balancing while also avoiding the huge picture window. Go ahead and laugh, I give you full permission!

Anyway, it’s getting late here and I’m tired and have a long day ahead tomorrow so I’ll say goodnight for now. I’ll do my best to keep you all psted.

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