Tuesday, January 5, 2010

First Week

I just finished my first week of ESSEC classes! Yes, it’s only Tuesday and I only have 2 days of classes. It’s common for students here to stack their classes (3 hours, 2 classes a day) so they don’t have to make the 1.5 hour commute out to Cergy from Paris every day. I am loving my Luxury Distribution and Luxury Retail class, both taught by the same professor who happens to be an ex-CEO of Armani. It’s going to take all my willpower not to go broke from shopping after spending 6 hours each week talking about luxury brands.


When I first got to Paris, I thought I’d be gaining 10 pounds from eating croissants and steak frites all the time. It didn’t help that MC and I decided to substitute hot chocolate/dessert at LaDuree and pomme frites for dinner yesterday. LaDuree, considered the quintessential French macaroon brand, has dark chocolate macaroons worth salivating for. However, I have reason to believe that I won’t be seeing my scale tip anytime soon. One, we live on the 5th floor of a walkup (6 flights of stairs since 1st floor in Paris is actually the 2nd floor in the US). You should have seen me lugging up one of my piece of my luggage. I literally took one step at a time. Two, we walk and take the metro everywhere. Three, ESSEC’s cafeteria gives mini-people sized portions of food. Take the soup for example. Yesterday, I decided to have soup for lunch so I grabbed a large bowl, which equivalent to the small size at Kellogg. I passed the bowl to the server who filled it with one ladle of steaming tomato soup. He holds it out to me, but I just stare at the bowl, hoping for a second ladle or even a half ladle since the bowl wasn’t full. When the server waived it at me again, I realize that that was all I was going to get. I know some of you consider me to be a mini-person, but my appetite has been conditioned to normal people portions in the U.S.


MC and I couldn’t be better matched as roommates as we’re both intent on making the most of our time here. Our goal is to do something fun every single day. Sunday – Notre Dame. Monday - dessert/dinner at LaDuree. Tuesday – Kellogg dinner Party. Unfortunately, I’ll be out of town this weekend, attending my sister’s wedding in Taiwan. A bientot Paris! I’ll be back soon!


La Duree

1 comment:

  1. Yay i love that you're doing a blog Teena! I'll have to live vacariously through you :)