My Semester in France Essay

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There was a warm breeze that Friday in September when I packed my two large bags, kissed my family and friends good-bye, and left my home. Thus the greatest adventure of my life was begun. On my first day of studying in France, I woke up early and took a quasi-shower, which consisted of sprinkling myself with water for hours until all the soap finally drained out of my hair. My dressing procedures were followed by a silent breakfast that consisted of some bitter-tasting, dark liquid and a hard, bread-like substance. The bread I ate dry, for fear of the dark scary-looking pot of jam. I packed my books and headed off for class.



As soon as I left my street, a man on a bike stared at me as he passed. "Stupid American," he
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I waited patiently again for the green man. Several students passed me, and they all said, "Does she not know how to cross the street? Maybe she needs someone to hold her hand."



When I got through the stone wall that surrounds my city, there was a small bar, where men sat outside drinking hard liquor at 8:00 in the morning. They all stared at me as I passed and thought seriously about surrounding me and harassing me until I screamed for help. I walked carefully down the narrow sidewalk of the street, until I passed a man walking the opposite way. He tried to run me off the sidewalk and scowled at me just for being in his way. He thought, "I wish these Americans would learn how to walk." Not long after that, there was a strange and straggly looking man in my path. He tried to stop me by asking me a question, but I kept walking. I didn't understand the question because he said it in French, but I'm pretty sure he was just trying to torture and embarrass me.



When I passed the cafe just outside of my school, there were a number of beautiful people drinking their morning coffees. They all stared at me in disgust as I passed, thinking, "if we don't get these ugly Americans out of our country soon . . ."



Finally, I arrived at the little school where I would be taking classes. I pried open the enormous wooden door and ran inside before I could be attacked
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