Way to get a headache #1: Stepping out of your comfort zone. I decided when I got here that I was going to really truly speak French... and take care of all the important stuff I was supposed to do, and actually leave my apartment. This all means I've been having a great time and exerted my independence nicely, but that doesn't mean that there isn't a shy, embarrassed, home-body part of me that lurks somewhere in my nervous system and makes me "très fatiguée" from all this initiative I'm taking.
Way to get a headache #2: Jet lag. I did everything I was supposed to when I got here to prevent jet lag, including staying up until at least 11-something p.m. before crashing in my gigantic bed in my posh apartment (with which I'm very pleased).
|Part of the Entry-way... that fridge is as tall as me.|
|Kitchen: Complete with sinks, stove with cover to turn it into a|
counter, oven, dishwasher, drain racks, washer dryer,
microwave, water heater, dishes, pots, pans, cooking
utensils, and a dining table off to the left with a
coffee maker and toaster!
|Bathroom... it's an odd shape, and this makes it a|
bit difficult to get a good picture, but I'm not
I'm also pseudo-living in the other, larger apartment shared by the other MIT students here... pictures of that to come.
Even so, I realized (although not until a few days later) that it totally made sense that I was having a hard time falling asleep at midnight and waking up at 8 am. Being perpetually tired can give you a headache.
Way to get a headache #3: Dehydration. 'nough said. Anyone who knows me should know that sometimes I don't remember to drink enough water, and coming to France hasn't changed that at all.
Way to get a headache #4: Second-hand smoke and pollution. Bottom line, I ain't used to it, and especially smoke has always been a sure-fire way to land me with a headache. Luckily, the campus itself, though nicely in the middle of Paris, has a much lower concentration of these things and I haven't been bothered at all during the week.
|View from my apartment window onto campus. Isn't it green and pretty?|
My lab is the ivy-covered one in the middle.
I had a bit more of an issue on these outings:
with this cool dude:
This is not to say I didn't have fun, however, it was only a mild nuisance. We saw some cool stuff, bought macarons, ate food, experienced a Paris thunderstorm while Rashed was stuck at my apartment waiting for a late-night taxi, went to the Musée D'Orsay for free, etc. but I'll leave the rest for him to tell when he gets internet :)
On the bright side, I get to glue together my plexiglass SPLITT fractionation channel tomorrow, and my experimental apparatus is already set up!
|Me and my lab bench|
Apparatus on the left, my computer in the middle, and the particle counter and me on the right.
Way to make my body almost as sore as running a marathon: Walking around Paris instead of taking the metro everywhere. I like it though, I know how to get to a lot of places.
Notes: Enjoying the food, grocery stores, sights, etc. Getting to know the other Paris-based MISTI people is really cool. I have not been offered wine in lab as of yet, haha, but I did get to see people get in trouble for drinking wine in front of the Tour Eiffel. I got a card for the cafeteria system... yum, lots of cheap, good food. I'm also enjoying the luxurious privilege of being able to buy personal-sized plain yogurt!
|I HAVE A EUROPEAN-STYLE BLURP-BLURP!!!|