Today is the last Thursday of the program and it has been a bitter sweet day! Of course we had to start it and end it with a bang. We began by having a midnight picnic in front of the Tour Eiffel with celebratory cheers during the first five minutes of the hour after 11pm as the tower sparkles. Afterwards everyone went home and got their very much needed beauty rest!
Everyone met in front of the famous, need-to-be-there Boullion Pigalle restaurant in their best Parisian outfits at 11:45. At noon we were able to go into the restaurant through a special door just for City Tech students (not really but we felt special!) and sat in nicely prepared tables. For my appetizer I got the leeks in french dressing with hazelnuts and for my entree I got the salt cod and potato mash. I was actually really surprised when I saw my entree because I thought that it’ll be cod fish on the side and mashed potatoes like my mother does it back home. My entree was actually a really nice mixture of mashed potatoes and cod drizzled with olive oil and topped with almonds. It was delicious! For dessert, my table ordered a variety of sweets and we all shared them. The most appealing dessert to me was the Chocolate Profiterole but the most tasty one was the Rum Baba. Of course wine could not be forgotten and we had a liter and a half of the great Sauvignon Blanc.
After everyone had gotten their meal I initiated a celebratory toast to the program, Paris and our meal. It was wonderful and even the professors cheered as well.
Here comes the sad part as we said our Au Revoir to Professor ZInder with the French style of greeting with a kiss on each cheek. Thank you Profesor Zinder for all of your guidance and smarts on this trip! We all hope to keep in contact!
Today was truly a wonderful day with wonderful food, wonderful people and wonderful
weather. Of course, I had to purchase another luggage because I have so many things to take back home specially wine. Last but not least, I will end by night by hanging out with the French students that I met in New York meaning that this program has actually brought me some life long friends!
Bon soir everybody!