Dead End

May is coming to a close, meaning I only have June left to get through! Actually, today is my 5-weeks-left point, which is absolutely insane! That’s the exact same amount of time that I was in Quebec (and Quebec went superfast!). On Thursday, I spent the afternoon at Adriana’s along with Helena. Last week, I told Adriana that I was craving Kraft Dinner so a few days later, she surprised me with a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese from the American grocery store in Paris (and you’ll never guess how much it cost… 6.50 Euro, equaling to about 11 dollars Canadian!). We chose to make it at her house that afternoon, and being able to eat it definitely reminded me of home. The next day was class so we learnt some French before having a picnic in the castle grounds. Helena and I then met Adriana at the Celtique. Our “regular” status is getting higher and higher every time we come. The head guy now kisses us on the cheek every time we go, and each waiter makes sure that they stop to say hello. They’re going to be so sad when we leave… I then went to Adriana’s for dinner and a movie before returning back home.

Saturday wasn’t the prettiest day ever. Adriana and I went to Versailles to have lunch at our usual restaurant (which has the best chocolate mousse in the world!). We then met up with Helena in Saint Quentin to watch Confessions of a Shopaholic, since the weather wasn’t all that great to do anything else. On Sunday, I believe it was a high of 30. The girls and I spent two hours walking around Paris looking for a market, store, anything, that was open (while dying of heat all at the same time). When we finally found one and bought a lunch and snacks, we made our way to the Bois de Boulogne, a gorgeous park just outside of Paris. We scarfed down the food before passing out on the grass to enjoy a nice and long rest. Monday’s weather was the exact same, except with a high of 33. I spent most of my day in the castle grounds, just lying down in the park. Now, the weather is back to being cloudy and rainy but it should bounce back soon (just hopefully not as hot).

I’m getting really excited to come back home but it’s still not feeling real yet. I realize that I will be back in Saskatoon in five weeks but it’s so hard to think that in order to do that, I’m going to have to leave here at the same time. It’ll be hard not having my usual café to go to, that’s for sure! Anyway I hope everyone enjoys the rest of May and starts off June well! Love always
Dead End – The Format

Farewell to the Fairground

Wow, it’s been awhile.. I guess I haven’t had much to say or ponder during the past two weeks. One thing I’m quite proud about that has happened recently is that I am now sporting a watch tan. That’s right, my arm is tan(ish) except for one white band around my wrist. I’m quite proud of this watch tan; I’ve never had a watch tan before. Why? Well because I’ve never worn a watch before coming here. Funny thing is ever since I’ve come here, my watch has been set to Saskatoon time. Yes, the past 8.5 months, I’ve been wearing a watch that right now reads 2:49PM. Pointless you may think, but I only read the minute hand anyway.

The next time I saw my friends again was the following Saturday when I went to their apartment in Paris. We went straight to the Montmartre area, walked around and then went for dinner at a piano bar. Steph and I then went to Rambouillet while Katie and Donna did some more exploring Paris. Steph and I met up with Adriana and we walked through the Rambouillet fair (which was put up just for the weekend)! We then went to the Celtique for some cokes (and kisses from one of the waiters) and then made our way back to Paris. The next morning, Katie, Steph, Donna, and I went to church and then went out for lunch. They had an afternoon of museums so I went to the Bois de Boulogne with Adriana, a gorgeous forest-y area with a big pond. We’re definitely planning to go back once the weather finally cooperates. I met up with the friends again to have dinner under the Eiffel Tower and then I made my way back home.

Steph and Katie came back to Rambouillet on Wednesday to spend two more hours with me before they had to go back home. We got my favourite drink at my café and then we got Chinese food and had a picnic in the park. It wasn’t TOO horrible saying bye to them because I knew that it would only be 50 more days until I saw them again, but I definitely loved their company! This week, the weather hasn’t really cooperated at all. Helena, an au pair who was here during my very early months in France, has returned and is here to stay for the next month so Adriana and I have been enjoying her company. We’ve been spending most of our time in either a café or a movie theatre, thanks to the rain. Saturday night, Adriana and I went to Easy Virtue, a movie that now seems quite bad compared to the other ones we saw. On Sunday, we went to Good Morning England (that’s the translation. The real title is The Boat that Rocked) which was definitely the best out of the three. And today at ten in the morning, we went to Star Trek, which was actually not as bad as I thought it would be. Adriana and I were the only girls in the theatre, surrounded by many old guys who were there by themselves, and then one group of teenage guys.

The weather is slowly getting warmer as the days go by so I’m excited to be able to spend more time outside. In two more days, I only have 6 weeks left which is absolutely insane! That means I have six more days to go to Paris so the girls and I are planning our time as well as we can. I hope everyone isn’t letting the horrible weather there affect your moods and I’m looking forward to seeing you all soon!!! (44 days!!!) Love always
Farewell to the Fairground – White Lies

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

It’s May! And tomorrow, it’s officially 8 weeks until I’m back in Saskatoon. How crazy eh? And to think I started with 42.. Life is going well. I don’t really know what to think anymore, whether it be excited to come home, sad to leave, or scared I’m not going to fit everything else into the short amount of time I have left.

The friends (Katie, Steph, and Donna) arrived Friday at noon and I spent the entire weekend with them! It was great to see them all again and to be able to know that they were only a 20 minute walk away from my house. On Friday, we went to my café and ended up staying there for three hours, not cause we wanted to but because the waiter kept forgetting to give us our bill. We then went back to my house to talk over some peach juice (thanks Steph!) and then we ordered a pizza to eat before they went back to their hotel. Saturday was our shopping day. We went to the Rambouillet market and explored all the stores downtown, then went to my café for the usual morning chocolat viennois. We got some Chinese food to go and went to Saint-Quentin to continue our shopping. That evening, we ordered another pizza and I spent the night with them in their hotel. On Sunday, we got up nice and early to get to church. We then went for falafels and afterwards, tried to find their apartment that they’d be moving into later in the week. I was the tour guide as usual so I was leading the way in my nice, purple dress that I bought the day before. Now picture this: Four girls walking down a busy street in the middle of Paris, not on a sidewalk but in the middle boulevard island thing – a nice, open space. I led the girls over a sidewalk grate when all of a sudden, a metro HAPPENS to go by underneath me, making a huge gust of wind flow up to expose my entire backside to the street! Well at least now, no one needs to pay for a Moulin Rouge show…I ended up getting the most catcalls I’ve ever gotten in a given ten seconds. Oh well, life goes on. I’m over it and I think it’ll leave a fond memory for everyone involved. We spent the rest of the day on the island of Paris, one of my favourite spots. On Monday, we all met up at the café again and then walked through the castle grounds. I haven’t seen my friends since because I’ve been working and I won’t see them again until Friday but I’m pretty sure we have a fun weekend ahead of us. I hope everyone’s having a great time and I’ll see you all in 57 days!! Love always
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – BTO