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A Day in the Life: Siena M. in Paris

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Siena M.,

EF Gap Year Class of 2022

Gap Year in Paris

Every day during an EF Gap Year is completely different; here's a snapshot of one unforgettable day Siena M. had during her six weeks of studying Language & Culture in Paris.

7:00am – I wake up everyday at my homestay in a small town about 45 minutes outside of the city. I really like having a quieter place to wake up and to come home to every day; it takes a little stress off of the busy, bustling city life. I enjoy my walk through town to the train station everyday, and enjoy challenging myself to use the metros and trains as much as a could. By the end of the module, I felt so much more confident and independent!

Gap Year in Paris
EF Gap Year in Paris
Gap Year in France

10:00 am – I always eat a quick breakfast at home because I liked to save room for a bigger breakfast or brunch at a cafe! Going to cafes was one of my favorite things to do in Paris: I would usually go before or after class, depending on when my courses were scheduled, to sit outside, read a book, and enjoy a croque madame and cappuccino (my favorite French combo).

Cafe in Paris on a EF Gap program
Cafe in Paris on a EF Gap program
Cafe in Paris on a EF Gap program

3:00pm – After class, I either go to a cafe with friends or grab a quick lunch, either at the Monoprix, where I'll sit on the grass at the Tuileries Palace Gardens, or on the steps of the church nearby. Tuileries was my favorite and it was only a quick metro ride away. I enjoyed having a peaceful place to talk with friends and eat lunch; I also liked taking advantage of the sunny days outside, because Paris can get pretty cold in October and November.

Picnic in Paris on a gap program
Painter in Paris on a gap year
Castle in France on a gap year program

6:00pm – In the evenings, I would often meet friends at a restaurant or at the cinema to catch a late-night movie. I really enjoyed evenings in Paris: my favorite thing to do was sit outside for dinner, enjoy a delicious meal, and watch the world go by. After dinner, my friends and I would seek out cool spots in the city or we'd walk around and watch the lights over the Seine.

What tomorrow may hold – I'm looking forward to seeing my mom and brother in Paris! They're coming to visit the city for three days and I can't wait to show them some of my favorite places.

Siena M.

EF Gap Year Class of 2022

Siena is a member of the EF Gap Year Class of 2022. During her 25 weeks abroad, she studied Language & Culture in Paris, Service & Sustainability in Costa Rica, and Business & Internship in Stockholm.

As a Global Influencer Fellow, Siena showcases her storytelling skills by sharing her experiences diving with EF Gap Year through this blog, social media, and photography.

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