A Guest Post by Layla Ali-Ahmad
Oh Paris….how I’ve miss you! In 2008, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Paris for a semester. It’s was an experience I’ll never forget and reminisce about often.
The day I arrived, exhausted and overwhelmed, the shuttle pulled up to my new housing assignment. The minute I stepped out of the van, I was blown away at the sight of what was about to be my home for the next 4 months.
I present to you…the Cité Universitaire…..
The “Cité U,” as I came to know it, is a private international student/faculty housing complex and park. Unlike American dorms, it’s not affiliated with any specific university. It’s located at the RER B stop, Gare de Cité Universitaire, in the 14th Arrondissment (Montparnasse).
Aaaaaannnnndddd…It’s the perfect place for a Parisian picnic! It’s free and open to the public.
You can buy one of these…
….some of this…
…and a bottle of this….
…and sit here…
…and when you’re done with that, take an hour or so to walk around the campus. It’s made up of 40 separate “houses,” all designed by different architects from around the world. Each building represents a different country!
Can you guess which country this is?
(Hint: Starts with a “G” and ends with a “reece”)