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Alas, my days of globe-trotting and seemingly endless summer have now come to an end. Though it may sound bizarre to those of my friends inundated with medschool studies, gradschool, etc. I am very happy and eager to begin school and enter into a more structured life here in Paris. Moreover, through this recent involvement with Rotary, I am refreshingly reminded that I am not alone in this adventure, but instead supported by and propelled to action here in France through Rotary International.
As a timely punctuation mark for this new phase of Ma Vie Parisienne, the Rotary-Scholars to France welcome weekend took place two weekends ago in Paris. Joining 16 other scholars assigned to France and Morocco, we enjoyed a great weekend of dinners, speakers, general orientation, and a final grand soirée as our formal welcome to France from Rotary International. Similar to most everything the Rotary does--it was a top-notch weekend, with informational speakers, friendly people, beautiful meals, and a humbling welcome to us as "ambassadors of goodwill."
Rotary Scholars to Francophone countries, France and Morocco
@ Auberge de Jeunesse, Opéra
Rotary Scholars before our grand Rotary soirée meal and program
@ Novotel, Gare de Lyon
A major highlight included meeting the other France-scholars, and bonding across many cultures and origins.
Rotary Scholars from the United States and Italy- we 3 are assigned to Paris!
@ Seine Cruise with Scholars
Thus, for those of you who have asked, puzzled over my ostensively endless traveling around euroland (consider this a personal shout out to you, Madison McMahan!) May you rest assured, I have returned to glimpses of my life back in the States--now happily grounded by school and motivated for community involvement via my support and affiliation with Rotary Club- Paris la Défense.