Newspaper Features & Adventure Preludes

As of tomorrow I’ll be spending *almost* a week in Pennsylvania traveling with some best friends and will therefore be posting a ton, obviously.. That is of course unless I’m arrested for stalking the Always Sunny cast..

But before all of that happens, I think it’s fitting to post a link to an article I wrote for my city newspaper on my time abroad in Paris that was just published today. Funny how timing sometimes works out perfectly, huh?

Anyway, the piece is a reflection on my feelings toward my time away, how travel changed me and all that gushy nonsense I feel for adventure.. Hope you enjoy!

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My first weekend in Paris

I suppose I shall recap the wonderful first weekend that I had in Paris.

To start things off, Tessa came into the city around noon on Saturday and from there we had a lovely time. The first thing we did was obviously the most touristy thing that you can do in Paris – we went to the Eiffel Tower. And had a picnic on the lawn. It was beautiful. There was a man blowing bubbles for the kids, a dog running around, people everywhere and it was just beautiful outside. Just people watching in this city is wonderful. Speaking of, there was a completely adorable little boy obsessed with the bubbles who couldn’t contain his excitement around them. He would run up to a gigantic bubble and want to pop it but then got himself so excited that he just couldn’t bring himself to do it, so he’d scream at it with happiness. Absolute cuteness overload.

"We look like unicorns!"

“We look like unicorns!”

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Bubbles!

Bubbles!

After this magical picnic on the lawn of the Eiffel Tower, we decided to wonder around. We found ourselves drinking wine on the Champs Elysées and having a grand ole’ time. And then it began. The horrendous harassment that I remember from last summer here. Cat calls and whistles and oogly eyes out the wazoo. Not so much that we couldn’t handle but just enough to get us on edge for something to go wrong (don’t freak out over that Momma, we’re big girls). Arriving at dinner at a cute little cafe near my apartment, we decided to get some dinner before going out. Little did we remember that dehydration is terrible here considering all of the wine and beer that’s drank at every meal, with little to no water. Therefore, the going out part of the weekend was a fail – thanks to me. Sorry Tessa!

Anyway, dinner was quite fun, especially considering that the waiter and bartender fell in love with us and told us their work schedule so that we would return. They were absolutely adorable.

And now for Sunday.

Sunday was absolutely breathtaking. We began our day at Montmartre and walked up the 300 stairs to get to the top instead of being weak and taking the transportation like everyone else. That being said, my legs are KILLING ME today. But still, we did it. And once we got to the top, we could see the entire city of Paris and even though it was incredibly foggy, it was still beautiful.IMG_4473

Then after lunch, came my favorite part of the day…

We went to the Montmartre Cemetery. And anyone who knows me knows just how in awe I was over seeing such an old Parisian graveyard. I felt like I was in a movie and was so excited that I Facetimed my parents and woke them both up just to see it. Seriously though, it was my favorite thing I’ve done/seen so far in the week that I’ve been here.IMG_4511

After that and dinner, it was time to say goodbye to Tessa for the week. We had such an incredible time together and I can’t wait for next weekend with her to have some more amazing adventures! So thankful to God that I have someone here to share in this experience who gets everything I’m going through. Our lives are identical right now in so many ways both here in Paris and back home in the States, it’s crazy. So I’m so thankful and grateful that she’s here with me.

And now I’m ready for this second week in Paris to begin and to see what awaits me now!

A Day of Adventures

So, today was all about stepping outside of my comfort zone.. Although, I don’t really have a comfort zone, I kind of just love to explore. I mean look at what I’m doing now – a few months ago I decided I wanted to somehow come back to France and now I’m here living in Paris for goodness sake. Yeah, I kind of just do anything and everything. But that’s not the point!

The point is that today I did new things and explored. I mean, I’ve been in Paris for like four days now, it’s about time that I get out and do things. So I basically did it all. Let’s start at the beginning..

Today was my first day walking A to school by myself. Only been here a few days and I didn’t even get lost. It probably does help though that I had an 8 year old there to help me if I took a wrong turn – EVEN THOUGH I DIDN’T. We didn’t even get lost once. Boom. And then I had to walk ALL THE WAY BACK ON MY OWN. And guess what.. I still didn’t get lost! Go me. So yeah, anyway, I walked A to and from school all alone and it was great. I waited there for him at the school after he went in and I watched him play in front.. Until he saw me creeping and came over to the fence and said, “Megan, it’s good. You can go now.” I basically felt like a rejected parent. If I knew what a rejected parent felt like. But I don’t.

After all the school shenanigans, I made crêpes! But not just any crêpes. No, no. I made chocolate breakfast crêpes that were basically better than I ever could have imagined them to be in the mere three hours I’d had to look forward to them. Even the kiddos said they were delicious! Okay.. Maybe they just said, “Mmm, these are very good,” but I’m paraphrasing and in my mind I heard, “Delicious!” And that’s that.Crêpes

Next, the kiddos wanted to go to the cinema so we did. On the Champs Elysées. Like yeah. The freaking Champs Elysées is where we saw a movie. Planes 2. It was pretty good.. I think. The best part was the fact that both S and A cuddled me during it and it just really made me feel like this next year will be wonderful.

AND THEN MACAROONS. OH MY GOODNESS THE MACAROONS. We went to Ladurée and got macaroons. I hadn’t had one in over a year. MMMMMMACAROONS.Macaroons

Then tonight, I decided to skip out on dinner with the family because I wanted to explore. Found out that there are multiple Dior, Chanel, Michael Kors, Gucci and Tom Ford stores within a ten minute radius of my apartment. Excuse me but where is it that I’m living?! ..Oh wait, that’s right. PARIS. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it but that’s fine by me. My exploring led me to places I hadn’t been before (isn’t that the point?) and all the while, my Mom is on the phone with me sharing in the experience, apparently freaking out over my lack of concern about where I am and where I’m going. All I knew on this hunt was that I wanted quiche, orangina and wine. Took me an hour of walking because most shops were already closed but I found all three! And even got some free chocolate truffles from a nice store owner when I went in to buy some wine. He was quite nice if I do say so myself.Food

All in all, quite a lovely day in Paris.