My Last Week in Paris!

Hello everyone! It is with great sadness that I am starting my last week here in Paris. I am finishing up my final translations, having final meetings with my coworkers, and starting to pack up my things to leave this coming Saturday. Despite this, life’s pace has not slowed down even a little bit. To…

Low Context Live Translation

Hello everyone from Paris! This week has absolutely flown by, and I cannot believe that I am already this close to being finished with my internship! It is incredible how quickly slipping into a routine can make time pass, even when you are in a foreign country. This past week was productive, but unfortunately, I…

Paris Gets Really Hot!

Hello everyone! This past week has been extremely interesting in Paris! We have had the hottest weather of the year so far, which without air conditioning really feels like a whole other level of suffering compared to the heat I am used to from Pittsburgh! As a result of the heat, alongside the entire city…

Week 5: Visiting Old Friends!

Hello everyone! I have officially crossed the half-way point for my time in Paris! As I begin week 5 out of 8, I have been trying to make an effort to actively reflect on the positives and negatives of my experience thus far in order to best understand what to continue and what to change…

The Two Sides of French!

Hello everyone! This past week has been really great because I feel like I have finally settled into my routine! During the work week I get up around 8:00 and make sure I am out of my apartment around 8:50 so I can arrive to work around 9:30, which is when my NGO’s office opens….

I Love Long Weekends

Hello everyone! One surprise I can definitely say that I wasn’t expecting about this trip was the variability of the weather in Paris. I was told that Paris in the summer is extremely hot, and it definitely was for the initial two weeks of the internship. However, right now temperatures have dropped down to around…

Week One Over!

Hello everyone!  I can safely say that this past week has definitely been the busiest week of my life. While I personally feel that I am benefitting greatly from the structure of a classic 9-5 job, adjusting to a new environment, host family, and job while simultaneously trying to enjoy the wonderful city of Paris…

First Day Finished!

This summer I am working in an NGO called Libraries Without Borders or Bibliotheques Sans Frontieres just outside of Paris in an area called Montreuil. It was founded in 2007 by a French historian named Patrick Wiel with the original aim of supporting libraries with increased access to books and training for librarians. However, since…

Next stop, Paris!

Hello everyone! My name is Joseph Montrey and I am a rising senior at Pitt majoring in International & Area Studies as well as Political Science with a minor in French! While I, like many college seniors, do not know precisely where I will end up in the future, it is my hope that this…