Regan Kirsch is a student at Indiana University and an ISA Photo Blogger. She studied with ISA in Paris, France.
- The food
You can’t go to Paris without discussing the food. Everything is fresh and carefully prepared. Even a simple ham, cheese, and butter sandwich is out of this world. Also, where else can you walk by so many pastry stores in one block? Whether it’s the fresh produce, the macaroons, the bread, or the crepes, there’s really something here for every palate.
- The excursions
Not only are they fun and to beautiful places, but they always have historical importance. Studying abroad is a continual learning experience, excursions included. Whether it’s the chateaus of the Loire Valley or the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, there is always something to learn or experience.
- The friends
Yes, I know how cliché this sounds. But honestly, when you are in a foreign country with amazing people, strong friendships are bound to happen. Everyone is going through the same stress of living away from home and experiencing the highs of living in a new city. You make friends from all over the country and the world. The friendships and memories you make while studying abroad are sure to last a lifetime. Because in the end, these are the people you will be with when your life changes forever.
- The city itself
Frankly put, Paris has an incredible and often tragic past that can be seen in the city’s beautiful architecture and its art scene. If you are interested in history or art of any sort, Paris may be the place for you. You could go to a different museum every day and be here for months! If the history and art scene haven’t sold you yet, maybe the people will. There is something so enriching about being immersed in a different culture. Contrary to popular belief, most Parisians are kind and welcoming. But they are also intricate. There is so much to learn from their way of life and their culture.
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