Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #67:
Lily Aldrin, How I Met Your Mother
Episode 1x16 - "Cupcake":
Marshall: Ted, do you remember in college when Lily did that summer art program in Paris?
Marshall: Well, she kept talking about this cheesy French guy, Gabriel. So, I went out to visit, and there was this party. And who shows up but Gabriel. And he’s got this weak-ass, thin French moustache. I’m not much of a fighter, but I knew I could take this weird little dude. So, I took him aside, and I got all creepy quiet, I got the crazy eyes going, and I said, “You stay away from Lily, or I swear to God I’ll eat that moustache right off of your ugly French face.” Yeah. Yeah, he literally ran away. I think he was crying. I never told Lily about it. To be honest, I’m not very proud of it. To be even more honest, I am.
Lily: You know, Victoria, Marshall and I did long distance once. In college, I did an art course in Paris. I was the only American there. It was really lonely. I only had one friend, Gabrielle. She was kind of homely and strange-looking, and she was really self-conscious about this little moustache she had. Anyway, halfway through the semester, she just stopped talking to me, and I never figured out why. And then I had nobody. The only thing that got me through was knowing that my soul mate was back at home waiting for me. If Ted’s your soul mate, then it may be worth it to hang onto him.
Episode 5x18 - "Say Cheese":
Lily: Are you forgetting Paris? What happened in Paris? It was junior year and I was studying abroad in Paris, and I hadn’t seen Marshall for two months.
Episode 8x21 - "Romeward Bound":
Lily: I’ve always wanted to live abroad! My summer in Paris, back in college, was so enlightening: the art, the history, the free cheese just for wearing a low-cut top.