UPDATE 11/04/18: This blog is becoming my general travel blog!

Hello readers! 🙂 I am in the process of adapting this blog into my official travel blog instead of only for the study abroad trip to Bordeaux. I decided to keep this URL instead of coming up with a new one (New additions include some summary posts about my last travels to Seattle and Washington,…

Thoughts after the Trip

Sunday, March 26th 2017 One week later… It’s been a week since my adventures in Bordeaux. And I miss Bordeaux very much! I already find it hard to satisfy my cravings for croissants and delicious French cuisine here in America. Even my mom’s homemade food is experiencing some competition to win my palate (I’m sorry,…

Day 7: Back Home to Cincy

Sunday, March 19th 2017 Leaving Paris   When we arrived in Paris, we stayed in another hotel just for the night before our flight to Cincinnati. I will surely miss the smell of fresh croissants in the morning for breakfast. We took the bus to the airport at about 8:30am. I was glad we arrived…

Day 6: Taking the TGV to Paris

Saturday March 18th-Sunday March 19th 2017 TGV to Paris After our trip to the Arcachon, we had about thirty minutes to finish packing our luggage and leave for the train station. Luckily, I had already packed the majority of my stuff the night before. I locked the door to the room and dropped the keys…

Day 6: Trip to Arcachon

Saturday, March 18th 2017 Flight cancelled… what’s our backup plan? Sometime yesterday, we found out that our flight to Paris got cancelled. There was some good news and bad news that followed. The bad news is that we would have to leave sooner than we had planned. The good news is that we wouldn’t have…

Day 5: EUROVIA visit and shopping

Friday, March 17th 2017 All about bitumen On Friday, we visited the EUROVIA research center. We had to take both the tram and then the bus part way there. The bus was pretty similar to the tram in terms of transportation, except it was a much bumpier ride and that the police came into the…

Day 4: City Tour of Bordeaux

Thursday, March 16th 2017 Tour of the city At about 4pm, we all hopped on the tram and went to meet our tour guide at La Fontaine des Trois Grâces. She walked out of the tourism building to greet us, wearing brightly orange colored shoes and a smile on her face. Her name was Véronique, and…

Day 4: Labs and Afternoon Crêpes

Thursday, March 16th 2017 UB Lab Practicals and afternoon crêpes After walking up a couple flights of stairs to get to the labs we would be observing today, I realized two things to myself. One, the French really don’t use elevators. Two, boy, was I really out of shape. We would be observing a few…

Day 3: French Food vs American Food

Wednesday, March 15th 2017 Baguette, fromage, vin… and Cheetos? In the evening, we went to the chemistry building to join the French students for some authentic French food tasting. They had brought with them an array of foods to taste– an assortment of cheeses, some jam, saucisson, pâté, cakes, and of course, baguettes and wine….

Day 3: French Polymer Class

Wednesday, March 15th 2017 Attending a French polymer lecture Today, we attended a French lecture on polymers. We had some trouble finding the lecture hall (we almost went to the wrong lecture… 😳 ) The fifteen of us filled in about two rows of seats in the lecture hall. The students there seemed confused by…

Day 2: Downtown at Night

Tuesday, March 14th 2017 Downtown Bordeaux Relieved with our presentations finished, some of us decided to head downtown for some food and sightseeing. Again, we took the tram, but this time our stop was Le Grand Théâtre. It was here that I learned that the specific area we were staying in was a commune known…

Day 2: Chemistry Symposium!

Tuesday, March 14th 2017 Breakfast Ahh, the day has finally come. We woke up early in the morning and grabbed some breakfast downstairs at the hotel. I wasn’t even at the bottom of the staircase yet, and I caught a strong aroma of croissants and baguettes that must have come out of the oven not…