Chez Soi

Adventures of a Year Abroad

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WHOO HOOO! I just did some chess camp the last few weeks, and I got something to show for it!

So the morning of the tournament me and mom walked in and as soon as we did, he ran up to my mom. He was extremely enthusiastic about getting my mom to come to the tournament, and I had to do some translating to get through. My Mom settled on a “Maybe”, and the day was off.

{Time Passes}

I was sitting in the tournament room in chess camp. Everyone had finished their games, and the professor was giving out the trophies. My Mom got into the room and I waved. She was standing there for about five minutes while the awards were being given out for this chess week. He had just finished giving out all of them. Well, almost all of them. He had skipped past the second place. Then he made an announcement. He went on about a special awarding of the trophies, and three kids told me it would be me. Obviously, I said that it wouldn’t at all (I had gotten a bronze medal [Last Place/Participation]). Then the professor continued. “I just witnessed this child win all his games in the other tournament.” . Wait. That was interesting. I did that earlier… “And the name is…… KiddoInParis!” (He didn’t really say that I just edited it for privacy.) Yay!


Ok. I’m gonna play chess with my mom now. Bye.

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We just had a serious oooppppsss moment in the metro station. Walking in to “ligne une” Me and my mom heard the metro speeding to a stop. So she passed through the entry no problem, using what was thought to be her navigo and running down the stairs. I looked in my pockets, didn’t see it and yelled for my mom to come back. Mais malheureusement, She was already gone!


I calmed down and read a book that I had since I had brought it to the café, our last stop. Luckily, she realized once she got on and she changed directions to get back. When she had returned we realized that I had given my pass to Her. It was okay after that, but when I tried to fall asleep that night, it didn’t work out. So, 1/3 of the way done, and we still have Quite a lot of adjusting to do. Allons-y!

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Parc Monceau

Today we went to the Parc Monceau.


I thought i would research it because there was many cool things to see there, and I was wondering about the park. Phillippe d’Orléans, Duke of Chartres founded the park back in 1778, after purchasing much land in 1769. He hired the artist Louis Carrogis Carmontelle to design the layout of the park. Then he went to a German landscaper named Etickhausen, so that he could get some more help in making. The goal was to amaze and surprise the visitors who visited. They made it slightly in an “English” style, using more walkways than an average french park would need. Going along with the different culture flow, in the park, there are many small attractions that symbolize different countries. For example, an Egyptian pyramid,  a Chinese fort, a Dutch windmill, and Corinthian pillars. And that’s my essay. 😀

Wait! I forgot the most important thing of all! They have free WiFi! ;D

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The Madeline

Yesterday we went to the Église Madeline for about an hour celebrating 200 years of English worship in Paris. The music was AMAZING! The type of stuff you need bold, italic and caps lock to explain! They used a type of bell instrument that used a rubber thing to hit the inside, so that you could control it more. We even got to see people from our own church in Paris come up and speak a few times! AMAZING!


A Near “Oopsy”

Français: Sur Vendridi nous avons sport. Sur la première semaine j’était sort la stade pour allez à le bus quell allez à ma école. Mais j’ai trompé! Je m’étais rendu compte que je était allé avec une autre école!!! J’ai couru à ma ecole et heureusement ils ont dix encore minutes pour resté. J’ai beaucoup de adrénaline unnecessaire mais ca assurée moi je vais jamais faire ca encore.

English: On Friday we have sport. The first week I was going out the stadium to go to the bus which was going to my school. But I made a mistake! I realized that I had gone with another school !!! I ran to my school and thankfully they were still waiting for ten more minutes. I had a lot of unnecessary adrenaline but it assured me I will never do that again.


Sur Vendridi nous avons sport, et on le fait à la stade. C’etait la premiere semaine, et à la fin, je suis sorti de la stade pour aller à le bus qui aura retourner à mon école. Mais je me suis trompé! Je me suis rendue compte que je suis allé avec une autre école!!! J’ai couru dar-dar à la stade et heureusement il y avait encore dix minutes avant qu’on partira. J’avais beaucoup de adrénaline unnecessaire mais ca m’a assuré je le vais jamais faire encore.

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Being Grateful

Today we made a chart of we were “reconnaissant” about, and it turned out like this:FullSizeRender

We have suffered a bit, but we have gained a lot out of going to Paris, not just bragging rights. That is why we sat around the kitchen table and we got to work being appreciative. It really pays off, letting us look back at so many good things and help us feel better here. In fact, I would recommend something. grab out your markers, colored pencils, and an eraser. Then place a piece of paper on the table and just draw out your gratefulness. Let it flow onto the page. spread it until the whole paper is covered, then read what you have done, and take it in. I really helped us, so just try it sometimes. Be grateful. 😀

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The thing I always missed about the united states were my friends. Well last weekend, my mom got me a playdate. And now I am definitely more comfortable with france. So I think I know how to live here now. :D. And thanks to mom for arranging the playdate.

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French Schooling.

              We couldn’t get any of my school books until Friday, which was orientation. We asked the principal in the morning and he told us to come back after orientation and pick them up. After orientation, we went to the schools supply shop and we got in line. It was about half an hour before anyone told us that the line was closed, and to come back at 1:30. So we returned later and got in line. Me and my mom waited no less then an hour until we got to the front of the line. And then the principal showed up and started talking to us. While that was happening,  another family came by and took our place. Once they were out of the way, we asked for the supplies we needed for 6éme. She said that they only had one fourth of the supplies needed for our class, and told us that we were going to have to pick the rest up later. We thought that was fine, until we counted how many bags she was using. Three. And they were quite full. I mean, This is just the books.