happiest place on earth (x2)

This past weekend was definitely one of my favourite ones thus far. It was extremely busy yet SO much fun. On Friday night I did absolutely nothing, which was great. My friend Alice introduced me into this Netflix original show called “Outlander” and I’m addicted. It’s the COMPLETE opposite of what I would normally watch but,  I’m loving it. Basically what I’m getting at is that I watched it all Friday night.

I woke up at 5:30 on Saturday ew in order to catch all of the necessary buses and trains that would ultimately take me to Disney. Yay. I absolutely loveeee Disney and since I live in Canada I unfortunately have only been a few times. This was however my very first (and definitely not last) time at Disney, Paris. The reason I wanted to go so badly was because it is approaching Halloween and I absolutely love love lovee Halloween decorations. The first things my friends and I did was buy some super cute Mini Mouse ears, obviously a necessity.

Unfortunately the day was a little bit chilly but that was a perfect excuse to pick up some hot chocolate. The hot chocolate cost an arm and a leg but you only live once? I guess? It was so good. We ate lunch at Disney as well and it was by far the GROSSEST thing I have ever attempted to eat. Think of airplane food but like way worse (I didn’t even know that was possible). I mean I was quite hungry and that little bite took me 15 minutes to eat (and it’s all I could eat). Plus, the service was terrible.. like atrocious. Yes, I am over dramatic but STILL. So, if you ever find yourself at Disney, Paris avoid “Victoria’s Home Style Restaurant” at ALL COSTS.

Okay, just a few more Disney photos and then I’ll move on to Sunday.

 

Okay, so onto Sunday. I basically slept the morning away because a full day at Disney left me beyond exhausted. I was really excited though when my host mom invited me to the Foundation Luis Vuitton. In case you don’t know what it is, it’s an art museum and cultural centre which opened in 2006. The building itself is a beautiful work of art. There is a new exhibit entitled “Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection”which is only running from October 22, 2016 to February 22, 2017. This collection pays tribute to Sergi Shchukin, a Russian collector of French modern art. The exhibit consists of 130 masterpieces from Shchukin’s collection. I personally know almost nothing about art but I was still in awe of all of the beautiful pieces I was able to see. I would definitely recommend checking this exhibit out if you have the opportunity. The only thing I recommend is buying the tickets online because if not you may be stuck in the line for a few hours! (Also if you like Picasso’s this is the exhibit for you, there were so many)

 

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So that was my exciting weekend. I am absolutely loving Paris and everything it has to offer.

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things I miss

Living abroad has been amazing thus far. I have great friends, a great host family, and I’m living in a beautiful country. In saying that there are little things that I often find myself missing. Here’s a list, just incase you’re wondering. After the first one they aren’t in any particular order!

  1. my family my mom would kill me if this wasn’t at the top of my list. I do miss my family but I have yet to become homesick. So I miss them, just not like THAT MUCH.
  2. books. I stupidly didn’t bring any (because they are so dang heavy). This one’s an easy fix though.
  3. music. I am by no means “musically gifted” but I really miss playing the piano and singing (especially with my sisters).
  4. Shoppers drugmart/ Walmart. I need huge stores that carry literally everything. I have yet to find one of those. Apparently there is one close to my house so I’ll have to check it out.
  5. Jasmine (and her mom)(and the rest of the family I guess)
  6. McDonalds. It’s not that there isn’t Mcdonalds in France it’s just that it’s absolutely TERRIBLE.
  7. Glory. I miss my little puppy who is apparently HUGE. LIKE LOOK AT THAT FACE.IMG_5798.JPG
  8. working out. I miss going to the gym, especially since I always went with my family.
  9. cuddling. I miss forcing my sisters and best to cuddle with me. (I know they secretly didn’t hate it).
  10. mirrors. There is not a full length mirror in my house. I have seen my full reflection a handful of times in 2 months. (sorry to my friends)
  11. TACOS. They are my absolute favourite food and I have yet to have one. If anybody knows of any good tacos in Paris PLEASE let me know!!
  12. the office. My Netflix switched to the France one and now I no longer have the office. It’s devastating.
  13. sisters. They deserve their own point because I miss them the most.
  14. my own space. If anyone has ever lived with another family you understand this. It’s not that my family has excluded me or that I don’t feel comfortable it’s just not the same.
  15. ice-cream. In Canada I worked at a little store, Slickers (world’s greatest ice-cream store) and I really miss it. Ugh especially the campfire flavour.
  16. I miss my dad. I talk to my mom everyday over FaceTime or iMessage but my dad doesn’t have an iPhone or Facebook so I NEVER talk to him. lame, right?
  17. spare. I miss having spare and watching tv shows and movies with some friends.
  18. reese’s peanut butter cups
  19. my cars. Okay, so they were my parents cars that they so gracious let me use but still. I really miss how spacious they were and the fact that they all had aux chords 😦 \
  20. sushi. I know there has to be some good sushi restaurants around but I just haven’t been to one.(p.s anybody want to go with me?)
  21. church. I really miss going to church which is weird because I never really LOVED going.I feel like it’s one of those “you never really know what you have until it’s gone.” type situations. This one’s an easy fix though!
  22. understanding people’s conversations. Obviously after two months I am not fluent YET so there is still a language barrier. It’s definitely smaller but it’s still there.
  23. fall. Canadian fall is the most beautiful thing in the world. It’s not that it isn’t pretty in Paris but it’s not the same.
  24. mom. Need I say more? 

If any of you have ever lived abroad what were some of the things you missed? ALSO stay tuned for a second part about things I DON’T miss.

VACATIONNNNN!!!

The title is a little misleading as I am still woking and I don’t leave for my vacation until Monday the 24th BUT I finished school today and I’m clearly pretty happy about it. I’m sorry for not writing recently but I haven’t really had much to talk about it. I guess that’s important to write about as well, I wouldn’t want you guys to think it’s all fun and games over here 😉

In saying that, my weekend was basically all fun and games, so I’ll tell you about that. Obviously there are like 7 billion of museums and monuments in France and since I’m here I want to see them all. One of the most famous French museum is le Louvre (duh). SO I decided to organise a trip with three other au pairs for this past Saturday morning. Unfortunately I was over an hour late for my event and Lynn ended up being over four hours late typical (Lynn has a blog as well which I highly recommend checking out. You can find it here). It all worked out though as my Jenny patiently waited for Ana and I (Jenny you’re a Saint). When we FINALLY got to the Louvre we took some typical photos and walked around the museum for three(ish) hours. I didn’t realise how massive le Louvre is until I spent three hours walking around only a small fraction of it.

After all the walking we headed over to Pizza Hut, a real Parisian delicacy, I know. After the late lunch came the real treat. Amorino gelato. Not only was it absolutely ADORABLE but it tasted divine. I highly recommend the lemon basil flavour.

Okay so after that we headed over to a bar for “Au Pair Speed Dating” which was just a large group of au pairs getting to know each other over a few drinks. Unfortunately the bar was closed so we ended up going to Monoprix (think Walmart but 1/100 the size) where everybody basically bought wine and junk food. After all the necessary supplies were purchased we walked over to la Seine. We sat there for a longg time, to be honest I don’t exactly know how long we were there but I know it was hours.

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(Im close close to the water looking in the opposite direction of the camera)

It was a great opportunity to meet a lot of amazing girls who are in the same boat as I am. ALSO I met my first Canadian since being here which was sick. And that was my Saturday.

On Sunday I woke up nice and early (yay for 4 hours of sleep) to bake chocolate chip cookies and apple pie. Not going to lie the cookies were a bit weird but I’m going to blame that on the lack of “normal” ingredients and the weird measuring system. I went to my mom’s friend’s house for lunch. She has three boys who are a few years younger than me but are the absolute sweetest. I’m actually going to their grandparent’s house with them for my vacation. I’m assuming it will be quite interesting so I’ll be sure to keep you updated.

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Anyways the rest of this week should be a lot more relaxing (fingers crossed) and I’m already looking forward to my weekend. Which I’m hoping will include a trip to Disney!!

how to not be Parisian

There are times when I feel like I fit in and then there are times when I stick out like a sore thumb. Here are the biggest fashion faux pas I have made and will continue to make in the months to come.

One of my favourite sweaters is a Micky Mouse crew neck that I stole from my grandma. SO that being said I wear this sweater quite often. It DEFINITELY does not fit in with France fashion (no matter how cute it is). So far the only two people who I have seen wearing Micky sweaters have been myself and my American friend, Lynn. In my personal opinion we look adorable BUT it is definitely NOT Parisian.

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(This photo was taken in Canada a while ago it’s just happens to be the only picture I have of it and I wanted to show you a what I’m talking about) I suppose I occasionally miss these two. 

Another sweater that I frequently wear is my black Roots hoody with a beaver on the front. It is so comfortable and so warm, two things I really appreciate with this new fall weather. Anyways nobody here knows what Roots is so I am fairly confident that they think I am some crazy person wearing a beaver sweater from Walmart or something (but not actually because I don’t think they know what Walmart is either). Also do Parisians even know what beavers are? I’ll have to ask.

The next fashion faux pas I have made consists of me wearing socks and sandals. A few days ago I was exhausted and I had zero desire to make myself look presentable. So I threw on some leggings, a cute top, a baggy jean jacket, some Roots socks, and my Birkenstocks. I personally thought that this was fine but apparently it wasn’t. I got multiple looks and multiple comments (thanks Molly and Lynn for your honesty). Oh well, I guarantee I will wear my socks and sandals for months to come. I gotta represent Canada in some way or another.

I guarantee there will be more fashion faux pas to come. I can’t wait to keep you all informed.