So I’ve started a blog. In the beginning, I didn’t really know what to focus on here, but I’ll try to do my best writing about topics I really care about. As the title of my blog says, I’m into politics and language, and I thought – why not combine those vast themes in a blog? I always liked writing, so let’s start with something completely new.
Since January this year, I am in Paris for my exchange studies and I have quite some mixed feelings about it. I really like the city, Paris is a metropole with everything you can dream of when it comes to culture, but there are still some things I’m really missing. Me and my boyfriend were in Lyon and Montpellier lately, two beautiful and charming cities with plenty of trees, parks and so on. In Paris, at least in my arrondissement (18th, Montmartre), there are nearly no trees or parks. Walking from Place de Clichy up to the apartment has the not so positive side effect of bad air from all the traffic, Paris is after all still the city of cars and mopeds.
In addition, there are nearly no pedestrian zones in the city, most of the central city is stuffed with traffic and there is few space for pedestrians or bikes. In my opinion, the city of Paris should start with some kind of a tree-planting-program. It would make the city look much greener, bring the people to parks, giving a place to birds and other animals and help reduce air pollution. Some of the metro lines are overcrowded already, but there need to be less cars in the central part of the city, that is for sure.
The funny thing is that it seems that the Parisians themselves are not really into change, at least not the few people I’ve talked to: Cars are a natural part of the city, and pedestrian zones are nice in Bordeaux or Lyon, but not possible in Paris. – That’s the credo, more or less. I think they are on the right way though, considering the excellent public transport and the bike-rental services provided by the city. It will just take some time.
My thoughts about my stay in Paris are numerous, and I wanna share a lot with you. In the following weeks, I will try to write about my way of dealing with the university system here, the Austrian presidential elections and much more.
Stay tuned! 🙂