Friday, May 30, 2014

I Need a new Debit Card...

Would any of you like to volunteer yours? 

Love the colorful poles!!


Today was a nice day. I did a little shopping and a lot of walking, and tonight is one of our last nights altogether in La Vigie. 

But... the most embarrassing thing happened to me today. I was in my favorite boutique looking around and of course decided to buy something. When I was up at the register though, my card was declined. And I didn't have any cash, of course. I texted the bank and it turns out I have enough money in my account. So, you know, therein lies the mystery. So then I went to the ATM because, hello, I really need these pants, but my card didn't work there either. Apparently it's invalid? The point of this story though, is that it was a really embarrassing moment. And I go to this store about 17 times a month. Next time I won't wear my glasses. 

Is this one of those things that happens to everyone, or is that what people say when you tell them the story? Crossing my fingers it's the former. 

Now, to call the bank. 


Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Random

Assortment of forgotten photos...

This was taken in the catacombs back in the fall. What a creepy place. 

A vineyard in Nitray, such a fun day of wine tasting. 

Just one more angle of my island, my lovely island. 

Nelson Mandela memorial lights on the tour eiffel.

Taken over Christmas time in the South of France. 

The view from my window after a storm. If you look hard enough you can sort of see the double rainbow. 

God, don't make me leave...


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

When Everyone Leaves

My closest Paris friend, Mollie, left last weekend. Despite the fact that I've still had loads to do, I really miss her. Tomorrow another friend of mine leaves and on Sunday comes the third departure. What I'm trying to say is, the mass exodus has begun. I've never been a fan of endings, and this one especially is very depressing. 

In three weeks from today I will be home. After 9 months, that'll just be kind of it. So until then you can find me here, walking through Paris, spending the very last of my money and drinking wine with my friends. Which actually, I should be doing right now. 


Monday, May 26, 2014

Afternoon Tea

At Angelina's 

It was a very lovely day. 

I had iced chocolate and a caramel pastry. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Moulin Rouge

On Friday night we went to Moulin Rouge and it was just amazing!! I can't even describe it to you. It was wild and funny and intoxicating. I 100% recommend seeing it if you ever get the opportunity. The second the show started I knew I would love it. I thought about how lucky we all are that I didn't see this show as a child because I would have devoted my entire life to becoming a dancer in Moulin Rouge. Though, you know, maybe it's not too late. 

These are my adorable friends. 

This is a picture of my good friend Conor and me. 

And this is one that more accurately depicts our friendship. 

We weren't supposed to take photos inside the actual theatre, but I snuck a few for you all. 

A grand thank you to Susan and Joan for the perfect dress- I got compliments all night and was only mistaken for a prostitute twice. That was a joke. 

Hope you all had a lovely weekend xxox

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Eat the Cake

And drink the wine, too. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

8 Things I've Learned From Studying Abroad

The way people talk about studying abroad, I sort of assumed my entire life would change. And, well, it has, but I'm not a different person, and I'm not suddenly perfect, and I'm really not all that glamorous and worldly. I have, however, changed my outlook on a few things. 

I was going to come up with 10 things that I've learned, but I could only think of 8. I've been here for a year, and I can only thing of 8 things that I've learned. #Success

1. Try. Seems kind of obvious, probably. But I find that I need to constantly remember to try. Try to speak french, try to do well in school, try to make fun plans for the weekend. Just try. 

2. Be open to making friends. I'm fairly closed off when it comes to making friends, but after living alone in a big and overwhelming city, I'm significantly more open. You really don't know people until you know them. Once you do, you can decide if they're worth keeping around. 

3. Only spend time with people you like. I find myself spending time with people that I think are cool but that actually aren't that fun or nice. I also find myself dating people because they're attractive or interesting, and not because I actually like them. What the hell have I been thinking? 

4. Explore. After living in Paris, my friends and I have all realized the importance of exploring our own cities, visiting local museums and traveling more throughout the states. 

5. Study. I'm going to be frank with you here: Europeans know way more than Americans do. It's not because they're inherently smarter, it's because their education system is more effective. I'd really like to be as knowledgeable as the average 15 year old french student. 

6. Learn stuff about money. It's about time I figure out my finances. Well, lack thereof. (I can hear my brother's I told you so from countries away). 

7. Plan Ahead. Not really my strength, but I will try to make it so.

8. Call your family. It's really easy to forget, but everyone (including yourself) is so happy when you remember. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Today is an extremely important day over here because guess what, it's my blogiversary. That's right, my first post (aptly entitled cheerio) was published exactly one year ago today.  Can you believe it? Me neither. I know it got sort of inconsistent there in the middle, but hey, give a girl a break. There was lots of gallivanting to be done. 

I hope you've enjoyed reading my blog as much as I've enjoyed writing it. I really want to keep it going in whatever capacity once I get home. And thank you so much for following along! 

Yay! xxox

P.S. This baby elephant has nothing to do with my blog, but it is so, so, so, cute!