Thursday, February 16, 2012

Oh Happy Day!!

Greetings from my warm and cozy room! Thought I'd do a little update before I head off to Amsterdam this weekend and Spring Break next!
If you were to ask me how I was doing right now, I'd have to say sore. Sore from smiling so wide, laughing so hard, and dancing throughout the streets so much.
Each and every single day becomes better than the previous and I literally could not imagine being anywhere in the whole entire world besides this exact chair that I am sitting in right now.
To give y'all a little update on my snowy week, I'll start with a fantastic concert that a group of about 15 of us went to weekend before last. It was so spur of the moment (I'm talking we decided to go at dinner and were there within the hour), but it was such a blast! Not to mention I'm pretty sure I fell in love. Ok well maybe not love but my like is really big! All I'm gonna say about that is that he's from Switzerland, comes to Paris often to visit his best friend who lives here, and loves to Skype me when I need a break from homework. Don't want to get too excited about it just yet so more to come if and when we progress! We're planning another trip for him to come back at the moment so we'll see!
On another note, I do have a new 2 year old boyfriend. His name is Leo, he's perfect, and I'm teaching him English. My first day was Valentine's Day so I made him a yummy carrot puree dinner which he so thoughtfully flung all over me. We then proceeded to have a puppet show in franglais, which mostly involved him hitting me in the head with a wooden train. Such a doll. It was my trial day and it seems like I got the job but fingers crossed that he loves me and just has a funny way of showing it!

This Friday was my good friend Sofia's 23rd birthday. We started the evening with going to a spanish restaurant, moved back to her apartment for a party and cake, and dance until the sun came up at a fantastic club on Rivoli. She has loads of french and spanish friends whom all joined us so it was quite a cultural evening! Not to mention her friend is in town for two weeks to model in Paris fashion week so we had quite the attention on us, or on her. Either way it was a fabulous evening with lots of new friends!

This past weekend my dear friend Charlie was in town from London. I'm sure you all remember Charlie as one half of xpose pr before her visa expired. It put the biggest smile on my face to see her!  I introduced two of my friends to her and her friends which ended up being such a blast! Everyone hit it off so well, as you can imagine with 4 brits, two gays, and two girls from California.
We spent the day being cultural at the Pompidou center on Sunday and met back up with her and her friends at the rooftop bar there, which I have been dying to go to since my very first trip to Paris. I literally loved it so much that I've been back twice since. Did I mention that Jared and I both showed up in the same exact outfit, with literally the same exact red pants from H&M on? He's 6'5 and I'm 5'3. If you can imagine. We just decided to go with it and call it an early VDay outfit! Tres chic. 

Valentine's evening was spent with my close friends Lily, Peter, Charles and Scott. The boys were so sweet and gave us "not discounted" chocolates as a valentines gift. We then walked over to the Eiffel Tower from the boys' house and watched it light up for a few hours from across the river at the Trocadero. Hate to admit we got a little rowdy and climbed on the fountain, but it makes for a fabulous photo!! We also got hot wine, chocolate gauffres, and went on the merry go round about ten times. I'd have to say its been my favorite valentines ever, even though it was my second one spent under the Eiffel Tower! (apologies for the horrible photo quality and scary red eyes but gotta make do with what I have for now!)

The weather has warmed up immensely in the last few days so I've been enjoying my time outdoors a lot. Last week a few friends and I spent the afternoon at Shakespeare & Co going through all of the old books and finding love letters stashed in between the yellowing pages. Here's a little photo of the "courtyard" at shakespeare in which people add their little toys to for some character. 
After our treasure hunting, we headed to the Louvre to take advantage of the late Wednesday closing. 

I think thats about all that has been eventful in the past few weeks. I'm so excited for this weekend seeing as it's my first trip out of Paris this semester! Cant wait to travel with new friends and meet even more new friends once I get there. Next week for spring break I will do Berlin with Jared, Barcelona with Jared and a few friends coincidentally from OC who go to AUP, and then meet Chantal in Venice before heading back to Paris. Still thinking about squeezing a trip to Zurich in because it's so cheap but not sure if I'm ready for that! 
Until next time!

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