Paris Trip Notes – Day 2

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Today, is Tuesday, October 3nd, 2017.  My first full day in Paris.  I’ll be spending most of it in the MongoDB office preparing for meetings.

Last night, I ventured out to the Eiffel Tower.  I stayed late at the office so by the time I got out and made my way to the tower, most of the shops, and cafes had closed.  I was famished… I walked around for about 30 minutes trying to find a place to grab a bite but only found a grocery store.  I’m ashamed to admit my first dinner in Paris looked a lot like the dinner I have at home on the go.  Not quite le grand repas I imagined… but tomorrow is another day.

Today, I’m excited to be digging into a few new opportunities at work.  The team here in Paris seem extremely focused and while most are new to MongoDB, they bring a wealth of experience and talent to the table.

Where in the world?

Here’s a map showing the location of the MongoDB office.  It’s just outside the city of Paris.

Word(s) of the day:

The funny thing about learning a new language is that it’s not necessarily difficult to memorize the new words you need in order to have a conversation.  No – it’s actually having the confidence to use these new words out there in the real world.  I find myself knowing the words I want to use but not being absolutely certain about my pronunciation so I hesitate.  The great thing I found so far about the French is that if you show an effort… they seem to appreciate it and take pity on you.

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 Où est le métro?Where is the subway? I’ll be staying a few kilometers from the MongoDB office, and I imagine, I’ll be taking the metro each day so I think this will come in handy.

Franco-Fact(s):

The French Army was the first to use camouflage in 1915 (World War I) – the word camouflage came from the French verb ‘to make up for the stage’. Guns and vehicles were painted by artists called camofleurs. 

Photo(s) of the Day:

Not an interesting mix of photos – not much time to sight-see just yet… hopefully we get to some time later today.

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