Saturday, October 6, 2012


 Wednesday morning, my roommates and I took an early train to Strasbourg (the biggest city in the Region) for a meeting of the teaching assistants of this region. This meeting was confusing, then boring, then useless... but alas, attendance was required. It was confusing because they insisted on explaining what we need to do to get French social security, which it turns out is both compulsory and very complicated. (For example, officially, to get our paycheck we need to have a social security number, but in order to get that number we need to first get paid.) Honestly, I got the impression that not a single teaching assistant fully understood what  what we need to do for that.
After the meeting was FINALLY over, my roommates (Sylvia and Crystal), Sylvia's friend Neele, and I walked around to see the tourist attractions of Strasbourg.
Cathedral 1
Cathedral 2
 The main attraction area of Strasbourg is called "Petite France." Though, to be honest, I haven't the slightest idea why it is called this because the architecture does not seem French to me at all. I think it is far more Germanic.

With each corner we turned, Strasbourg became more picturesque. It's hard to imagine that anyone actually lives there. It looks like something out of a storybook. It seems as if it belongs in Disneyland or some magical universe. It's full of lots of cute little shops selling cookies and other things. Surely they are overpriced, but they are still hard to resist.

For dinner, we had Tarte Flambé which was delicious. All in all, it was a great day. 

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