Yesterday I met with my friend and walked to the Eiffel Tower.
I wasn't expecting too much, as I had assumed it was overrated based on how popular it was. However, when I got there, I was blown away; it was truly breathtaking!
I knew it was big, but it's one thing hearing about it and another thing entirely to actually be there and experience it. It amazes me how someone came up with the idea and built it; how does someone think to create something like that?
After taking it all in, we climbed the stairs to the first and second floors of the tower for 5 euro; and it was worth waiting in the line and paying the money just for the view. At the second floor, you could see almost all of Paris; thousands upon thousands of white buildings, the green river flowing through the city center, and various landmarks throughout the city. It was truly amazing.
After the Eiffel Tower, we walked to the Arc de Triomphe and then on to a park. I was pretty exhausted after that, and so I went back to my hostel around 7:30pm.
Today I am taking a bus to Dijon, where I will be staying just tonight as I have to begin my study abroad tomorrow. I have no idea what to expect from the study abroad; all I know about it is that I will be walking 100 miles over 6 days and will be visiting different historical religious sites.
Even though I am not religious, I am pretty interested in visiting these sites; after all, this pilgrimage is a recreation of a pilgrimage from the medieval ages.
I am pretty sure I will not be able to use my phone at all during the 6 days, and I'm kind of looking forward to that; how many hours do we spend on our phones every day? (Too much).
While I appreciate social media and it's usefulness, like this blog and staying connected, I also think it's good to be aware of how much time we spend on it compared to how much time we are actually living.
However, I do hope I can use my phone for pictures at least because I don't have a camera... So, it is unlikely I will be updating my blog, or be able to contact anyone, until the 18th of June. I will finish the 100 miles and my study abroad on the 18th, and then I will head up to Paris to catch a bus to San Sebastián, Spain.