24 Things I Learned While Studying Abroad In Paris

24 Things I Learned While Studying Abroad In Paris

Paris is a city unlike any other.

Studying abroad is an irreplaceable experience, my time in Paris now a cherished memory. I lived and I (most definitely) learned. These are the things that Google doesn't tell you before you go It’s important to research customs before traveling to a new country.

1. The importance of experiences > things.

2. Knowledge is empowering.

3. The French can detect Americans from a mile away.

4. Uber is a legitimate lifesaver.

5. Length truly doesn’t define the quality of a friendship.

6. Sometimes it is okay to just go with the flow of things.

7. I could never live in a fashion capital because I love comfy clothes too much.

8. That smoking cigarettes, even in Disneyland Paris, is completely acceptable.

9. Jet-lag is a real thing.

10. Raising your hand at your server in a restaurant is expected, otherwise they won’t ever come back to check on your table.

11. Grafitti is an absolute art.

12. You have to fight for a place on the suburban train in the morning.

13. Open-mic nights are a must.

14. Microwaves, air conditioning, and window screens are unheard of.

15. The French like to stare.

16. “To go boxes” are not a thing.

17. Pizza is delivered via moped.

18. They don’t believe in Ranch dressing (devastating, I know).

19. Milka chocolate bars are to die for.

20. Making friends with the locals is beneficial.

21. Public restrooms are not free.

22. Seeing the Eiffel Tower at night really is magical.

23. The content on Netflix changes when you leave the country.

24. Living in Paris was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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7 Signs You're From the 732

Only the best part of New Jersey.

If you're from New Jersey, you know how badly the state's looked down upon by outsiders (thanks a lot, Jersey Shore). But you know that all of those false accusations aren't true- the Garden State is your home and only you're allowed to make fun of it. Although Jersey's small, there are different regions and everyone thinks that their's is the best. Here are seven signs you're from the 732, AKA the best part of Jersey:

1. You know that Central Jersey is a place.

One of the biggest arguments is whether or not Central Jersey exists. I live in the middle of New Jersey, so it's pretty funny when people say it's not a real place. I'm not from South Jersey, and definitely not from North Jersey. Also, it's close to both Philadelphia and New York, not just one or the other. Perfect location.

2. Everywhere you go, you see a Wawa.

Legit everywhere, and you go there 24/7. All hail the holy grail.

3. Surf Taco means a lot to you.

Every time I come home from being away at school the first place I go to eat with my friends is Surf Taco. Even when I am home, Surf Taco's always on my mind. Who doesn't love a good taco with chips? P.S. I highly recommend their Teriyaki Chicken Taco, you won't regret it.

4. You go to all the summer concerts.

There's really nothing more fun than summer shows outside, and you already know that PNC Bank Arts Center and Stone Pony Summer Stage are the hot-spots. 'Tis the season of tailgating and enjoying a good show with your friends.

5. Two words: Pork. Roll.

I don't care what Chris Christie has to say, it's pork roll. Quite honestly, Taylor Ham just doesn't sound right. And what's better than a pork roll egg n' cheese on your favorite bagel? Nothing.

6. You live close to the beach...

Spring Lake, Manasquan, Asbury, you name it. You know these areas and where all of the good food spots are in each of them. Living so close to the beach makes for the perfect summers, but with summer comes the bennies.

7. ...So you can easily spot a benny.

If you're from Jersey and you don't know what a benny is, you most likely are one. Bennies usually come in packs; they bring lawn chairs and tents to the beach, wear socks and sandals, and have the "Jersey accent" because they're either from New York or close to.

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