Halfway RA Update

Since I left Seattle, it’s been a rollercoaster. But, at this point, things seem to be evening out. In January, I had a flare up and had to really increase my Prednisone dosage in order to get over that. Immediately afterwards I tried tapering off the prednisone, but my system just wasn’t having it. So I’ve been on prednisone since mid-December, and both my doctors here and back in Seattle think that it’s due time to modify my cocktail in order to get off the prednisone. When the rheumatologist here took ultrasounds of my joints, he noticed some inflammation of…

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A Week in the Life of a Study Abroad Student

Before I left Seattle, I hadn’t really had enough information to imagine what would soon become the new normal in Grenoble. I had my routines back home to be sure, but I felt like I just wasn’t able to grasp what my life would be like here. I wanted to write this post in the hopes that by reading it, you might be able to get a better sense of what the routine here will be like, and anticipate how your time might be spent. Keep in mind that these are my experiences, and other students in the program may have…

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Lille, France

We left Paris on Saturday evening and arrived in Lille shortly after, where we rented a very cute AirBnB. After being on the go in Paris, it was so great to be able to relax and enjoy the smaller city of Lille. Day One In fact, we stayed in the apartment most of the morning into the early afternoon, having bought groceries the night before, we were able to relax, watch a few rom-com’s and take our time. It wasn’t until 4:30 that we began our little tour, starting with the Place de la République, then we moved along to…

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Sejour in Paris

This trip was spur of the moment, although aren’t those the most fun? My friend and I discussed it on Monday, and we left on Thursday, I used this trip to see the parts of Paris I hadn’t seen on my first trip back in January. Day One We stayed in a hostel just a few blocks away from the Sacre-Coeur, and while not being religious person, going there was a deeply moving experience. After that, we made our way to L’Arc de Triomph, and I was awestruck not only by the size of the monument, but by the homages…

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Halfway There

It’s here. The halfway point. DUN DUN. I left my home and my husband and my life 88 days ago, and in 88 days I will return, tired, probably a bit smelly because of the 9 hour flight. How can I express how this experience has been so far? At the very least I’ve experienced a myriad of emotions: sadness when I left, excitement and glee at seeing Paris for the first time in my life, homesickness, being overwhelmed by this new world I find myself in. But I’ve had more opportunities to travel in the last 88 days than…

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