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Trip: Comme Évariste Galois

There are [56] stories from my trip: Comme Évariste Galois

Giving Up

FRANCE | Wednesday, 13 Jan 2016 | Views [371]

There are a lot of reasons that I stopped keeping the blog up to date after Austria. The most general summary of all of them is that I didn't have the energy to write. I can say that it was similar to the last four weeks of SUMSRI. Studying for ... Read more >

Tags: endings, writing

Final Day in Vienna

AUSTRIA | Tuesday, 8 Dec 2015 | Views [472]

Monday morning, Delaney had a class, so I was left to fend for myself in Vienna. (Technically, I could have either remained in bed or attended her class with her, so I wasn't forced to fend for myself. But neither of those sounded like much fun.... Read more >

Tags: books, nazi tower, vienna

The Metro Doesn't have Pigeons

AUSTRIA | Monday, 30 Nov 2015 | Views [546]

Sunday, on Ashley's recommendation, we headed to a nearby mountain to get good views of the city and stop at a cafe he recommended. It is possible to climb the mountain, but it's also possible to take a bus. Guess which of the ways we took? (Hint: it ... Read more >

Tags: board games, christkindlmarkt, mountains, swings, tourism, vienna

Between France and Germany

AUSTRIA | Monday, 30 Nov 2015 | Views [459]

I'd booked my flight to Vienna knowing that a 7:10 flight would involve leaving my apartment extremely early. I hadn't known what would happen one week before I left. So I was waking up Saturday before I'd gone to sleep the week before. It had been ... Read more >

Tags: christkindlmarkt, shopping, tourism, vienna

Life Moves On

FRANCE | Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | Views [461]

Life moves on, but never back. There were two or three weeks that I meant to write about, but have now lost. Much of the same (classes, tests, how does French education function?) But also an entry of more touristy things. I finally made it into the ... Read more >

Tags: math, november 13, paris

Apart from the Obvious

FRANCE | Wednesday, 18 Nov 2015 | Views [901]

“Apart from the obvious, things are good” is a phrase I have said way too many times since Friday. Every time I have, it's been followed by a bitter, but sometimes entirely mental, laugh. Because how can you ignore the obvious? And yet I've ... Read more >

Tags: chalk, courage, love, paris, strength, terrorism

Pseudo-live blog

FRANCE | Saturday, 14 Nov 2015 | Views [478]

For anyone who wants an actual live blog about what's happening, go  here . This is out of order of the chronology of where I'm pretending my life is when I'm writing entries, but this is what's happening right now, and it feels like now is the ... Read more >

Tags: guardian, paris, safe, shootings, terrorism

I'm Getting Better at This!

FRANCE | Wednesday, 11 Nov 2015 | Views [343]

In Integration, we learned a few more theorems about integrals and sequences of functions (such as Borel-Canelli Lemma and Fatou’s lemma) and defined negligible sets (having a measure of zero) and properties that are true almost everywhere (true ... Read more >

Tags: analysis, classes, french, history, math, russian, topology

Is it the middle of the semester already? Because that would explain the midterms.

FRANCE | Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015 | Views [327]

Intégration was dedicated to proving the Monotone Convergence Theorem. The previous week, he’d given us a statement of the theorem, but said we didn’t have the time to prove it just then. But, with the entirety of a two hour class ... Read more >

Tags: analysis, classes, exams, french, history, math, russian, topology

Fete de la Science

FRANCE | Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 | Views [257]

Sunday I went to the Fete de la Science at Paris 6. Contrary to the name, this was nothing approaching a celebration. Rather, it was a bunch of grad students presenting their research, or at least their topic, typically in a child-friendly way. By going ... Read more >

Tags: astronomy, engineering, mirrors, physics, science

Tests and Reviews

FRANCE | Tuesday, 20 Oct 2015 | Views [350]

In Integration, we started looking at integrals. On the first day of class, the CM professor had explained that the point of the class was not to teach us to integrate better. Which is good, because if that had been the point, spending five weeks without ... Read more >

Tags: analysis, classes, french, history, math, russian, topology

How many Americans studying math in Paris does it take to change a lightbulb?

FRANCE | Tuesday, 13 Oct 2015 | Views [276]

Friday before leaving for Dordogne, the lightbulb in the lamp nearest to the sofa (which happens to be my second-most used source of light. The most used is, of course, the sun.) went out. My bedside table lamp was too dim, and the kitchen light was ... Read more >

Tags: bookstores, cooking, lightbulbs

I'm still taking classes.

FRANCE | Saturday, 10 Oct 2015 | Views [367]

If anyone has been quietly thinking to themselves “why is she always talking about classes? I didn’t know she actually intended to study abroad,” worry no longer. As of this week, description of what’s going on in my classes ... Read more >

Tags: analysis, french, math, russian, school, topology

Lose your mind at le Ballet d'Or

FRANCE | Thursday, 8 Oct 2015 | Views [398]

On Thursday, I had a ticket to Opera Garnier for the dance spectacle Boris Chamatz. It was one of the cultural activities for the program, and I hadn't really paid any more attention to it than that. Which, I realised at about the point I was standing ... Read more >

Tags: ballet, culture, dance, opera garnier

Tuesday at the Theatre

FRANCE | Sunday, 4 Oct 2015 | Views [367] | Comments [1]

On Tuesday, we went as a group to go see Le Faiseur at the Theatre des Abbesses. Le Faiseur is a play by Honore de Balzac. Balzac, it should be noted, is not remembered for his plays. But regardless, he did write at least one play, (he actually ... Read more >

Tags: abbesses, balzac, props, theater

Cows and farms: what every Midwestern girl spending a semester in Paris wants to see

FRANCE | Friday, 2 Oct 2015 | Views [430]

In a shocking move, Sunday began with us getting into the bus and driving for at least an hour. This brought us to Périguex, a small town with a beautiful cathedral. While we were there, the town was also in the middle of Pé... Read more >

Tags: animals, bus, popcorn, train, transportation

Canoeing down the river

FRANCE | Thursday, 1 Oct 2015 | Views [487]

On Saturday, we woke up and grabbed breakfast at the hotel and lunch at the market. Not because we slept until 10:30 at which point breakfast could reasonably run into lunch, but because we had another full day ahead of us, which meant another bring-... Read more >

Tags: canoe, dancing, market, picnic

Train, bus, caves, and geese

FRANCE | Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015 | Views [528]

Friday we had to show up at the train station at 7:30 with clothes for the weekend and food for lunch packed. In addition to everyone in the Paris program, we were joined by the four Brown students studying in Lyon. We got on the train a little before ... Read more >

Tags: bus, cave painting, food, sarlat, tour, train, transportation

I never could get the hang of Thursdays

FRANCE | Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | Views [380]

Because I switched my French class, I no longer have a five hour break on Thursdays. Instead, I have a class from 10:45-12:45, and then I'm done. That class was topology. He didn't get around to defining homeomorphism, which means that the material ... Read more >

Tags: books, math, topology

And on Wednesdays I question my sanity

USA | Saturday, 26 Sep 2015 | Views [281]

I'd succeeded in changing my TD section, though it didn't feel like a terribly dramatic change. It was the same day of the week, same time, same building, and even the same floor. Basically, everything was the same except that the professor was different ... Read more >

Tags: music, pastries, russian, topology

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