Let's return to Marie's visit to Paris for a moment.
Summary of article in Billed Bladet #47, 2014.
Written by our man in the City of Lights, Henrik Salling.
Having undergone a complete restoration lasting seven years the House for Danish Students in Paris smelled of fresh paint when our Marie came to visit.
The house is located within a cluster of similar national houses connected to Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris. In fact 40 other nationalities have houses in the neighborhood. (*)
The house was build in 1932 and there are 48 rooms for the students.
Marie said: "After the renovation the house can now offer the students some fantastic surroundings/frames and a more modern place.
It's very important for Denmark that our young to go abroad in connection with their studies. It's very exciting - and the hosue represents Denmark in a very grand way. Here is Danish design and a nice Danish touch and atmosphere. I really like the place and I think it's a privilege for students to be able to live here.
When I went out myself to study far away, it was to experience how it was to be a part of another culture. Just as the students have the opportunity for here, where they can experience the French culture. Here are 40 different dorms with 140 different nations. It's utterly fantastic.
I have myself felt very fortunate becuase I have had the opportunity to study abroad. That has shaped me as a person. And today it's necessary to have that experience and baggage".
Marie's dad, Alain Cavallier live in Paris and about him she said: "I have had opportunity to see my father. But way too little time". But right after visiting the student house she did go to visit him.
Actually Marie must have arrived in the late afternoon the day before, because she attended a dinner at the Danish embassy in the evening.
Present were twenty guests, who in one way or another have a connection to France. But also Minister for Research and developement, Sofie Carsten Nielsen. (**)
(*) During the first half of the 1900 it was very common for Danish university students to go to France to study for a period. That also served as a part of their general education/upbringing as persons.
(**) A somewhat redundant minister IMO.
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