un nouveau debut

I am in Paris. In culinary school. At Le Cordon Bleu. This is something that I’ve been dreaming of doing for the longest time, way before Cornell and Hotel School, and I’m finally here. And while I’ve been telling everyone for the past semester that I’m leaving the USA for Paris, now that I’m here, I still pinch myself every now and then because it feels so surreal, but in a good way perhaps. This is a huge step and change in my life. First of all, I’m in a country where I don’t speak the first language (and have a very rusty grasp of it at that). Secondly, I’m living in a huge and bustling city which is something that I can’t say I’ve done before (Singapore doesn’t count). Thirdly, I am completely on my own. This only means that things can only get better 🙂 I’m starting right at the bottom, completely out of my every comfort zone but I can already feel myself adjusting to the hustle and bustle of living in a city that exudes such charm and energy, I sense my body adjusting to the crazy hours of school that we have, and I feel my french improving ever so slightly.

The first day I was here, I cried my eyes out because I’ve never felt so terrified or lonely before. But now that I’ve made some friends in school and gotten slightly more adjusted to the Parisians, things are looking up. God is amazing and works in awesome ways and I know He’s watching over me every step of the way. So here’s to a new beginning in France, a whole new world of food and friends, a whole new and exciting city and an amazing education, to 2013 and to Le Cordon Bleu, and to ethelinparis.

A la votre! 🙂




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