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05:27 pm: Paris!
Nixie's senior thesis was accepted as a poster to a conference on cognition in Paris! *snoopy dance* Reed gave her a travel grant for $1500, which almost covers the plane ticket. She wants to travel with her friend Chris, whose thesis also got accepted, but he wants to come back on July 11, because he's taking the MCAT on the 17th, and she'd like to stay a few days longer and tourist. She doesn't speak any French. She has a summer job studying memory. But Paris!

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Date:May 10th, 2015 12:59 pm (UTC)
She'll be fine! It will be amazing! Congratulations to her!
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Date:May 10th, 2015 01:24 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, congratulations Nixie! And mom, too - take a tiny bit of credit, I won't tell.

You don't need French in Paris. They will gladly speak English to you for practice, and they are not snooty about it.
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Date:May 10th, 2015 04:55 pm (UTC)
Go Nixie!
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Date:May 10th, 2015 06:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's splendid!

I went to Paris with one semester of French that got completely swamped by my brain's deciding that I should speak Spanish, with which I had a far more extensive acquaintance. So I could read some of the simpler signs but could not speak or understand spoken French because the Spanish got in the way. It worked out all right; my boyfriend had a phrase book that helped with things like asking for the bill in a restaurant. I did end up ordering food with absolutely no idea of what it was. That was fine at the time; I couldn't do it now. But lots of people in Paris speak English, and I think there are still hotels that advertise that their staff speaks English so you can stay somewhere and not be reduced to sign language.

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Date:May 11th, 2015 07:13 pm (UTC)
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