A-May-zing May!

A-May-zing May!

Hi all,

So June is here already! I can’t quite believe it. This means that we’re almost halfway through the year, and it also means that I only have seven weeks left here in Paris! The thought of it makes me a little bit sad, but also a little happy because I haven’t been home since Christmas. It will be nice to be home but it will be difficult to leave after enjoying my time here so much!

Anyway, before I think too much about the future, I want to look back at the month of May. It was a really great month. We had a billion and one jours fériés (bank holidays, kind of, and actually only four) which meant an easy month for me work-wise as everyone was going on holiday and taking “bridge days” to lengthen the weekends even further.

May started really well with a nice weekend spent with my friends Sally and Gavin. On the Saturday we had drinks in at Sally’s place and on the Sunday, after we all stayed over, we went to find a fish & chips shop that I had been wanting to find for a while! It’s called The Sunken Chip and is in the 10th arrondissement near the Canal Saint Martin. The food was absolute magic – I hadn’t had fish & chips since I’d been at home in England over Christmas, and it was just perfect! Afterwards, we went for a walk down the river to Bastille where I had my first crepe since arriving in Paris…shameful, I know.

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The next day being a jour férié, I decided that I would accompany Gavin to the Mayweather V Pacquiao fight that night, so I went home and got some sleep to tide me over until the next morning. It was the first boxing match I had ever watched, and what a fight to start with, however despite not being a boxing fan even I was left disappointed at the end! That didn’t ruin the night though – the atmosphere was electric in the bar we were in, full of Filipinos cheering for their hero. It was a great night! Needless to say I spent the Monday sleeping!

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All nighter fuel! Beer and chicken wings

During the week after, I didn’t do a lot as I was working on my Year Abroad Project. All finished on Wednesday, I was finally free of all academic responsibilities until October, and I jetted off to spend five days in Zaragoza visiting my friend John. You can read all about it in the post I wrote about it here! It was an amazing trip, possibly the best I have made in my entire Year Abroad!

The Tuesday evening after I arrived home from Spain, I went for a picnic in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont with Emily, where we decided that we want to try to visit all of the major parks in Paris before we leave. The Thursday was another jour férié, so we went to the Centre Georges Pompidou where we played sound chess and checked out the modern art. That evening I skyped the wonderful, beautiful, amazing Brittany in Busan, South Korea for the first time in about six months after opening the parcel that she sent me. I’m such a lucky girl to have such a great bestie!

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Sound chess. Each piece made a different sound when shaken. So cool!

Sound chess. Each piece made a different sound when shaken. So cool!

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All so soon, it was the weekend again, and this one I spent very chilled as I had had such a jam packed couple of weeks. I treated myself to a day at home on the Saturday, catching up on TV shows, using a face mask that Brittany sent me and chatting with some friends from home and on the Sunday Emily and I spent the afternoon in the Parc de Monceau, ticking another one off our list and relaxing in the sun before going to a bistro in the evening for dinner.

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The next week I finally got to see Avengers: Age of Ultron (which was awesome, but not as good as the first one!), did some more colouring on my cartoon map of Paris and went out for drinks on the Friday night (surprise, surprise).

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The big event of the week, however, was the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on the Saturday night! During the day, Sally and I ran around trying to prepare some Eurovision themed cakes for a mini party that we were having that evening to watch the show, and I have to say that they turned out looking pretty damn good, especially after struggling for an hour and a half trying to find coloured things to go on the top! Did you know that it is practically impossible to find food colouring and fairy cake cases in supermarkets in Paris? After all our hard work the cakes were very much appreciated, and we were joined by Gavin and our friend Adam for the evening. We enjoyed watching the show along with some drinks…and a drinking game. Needless to say, we all got a bit sloshed and after dancing around Sally’s flat to some Abba, Queen and Cyndi Lauper we thought it would be a great idea to go to a bar. We went to Saint-Michel but unfortunately all the places were closing (they close so early here in Paris!) so we settled for a Greek pitta to eat on the walk home. On said walk home we all thought it would be hilarious to go for a swim in the fountains at Hotel de Ville. It wasn’t such a great idea the next day when we had to travel home in our wet clothes!

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On the Monday we had our last jour férié until July, so I went with Emily and our friend Antonella to Montmartre, which you can read about here. Emily and I also spontaneously decided to go out for dinner one night, where we went to a Korean restaurant called Go Gi Gae. We had Korean BBQ/grill and, oh my days, it was so good!

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The rest of the week was pretty quiet until it got to Friday, when Antonella and I went to a concert. Two months ago we booked the tickets, and I have been waiting with excitement ever since. It was a solo concert of Brandon Flowers, the lead singer of The Killers, who are my favourite band. It was such an amazing evening! We were very close to the front and I almost lost my voice from singing and screaming!

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Saturday night I went out with Emily and her friends and then on the Sunday I went to and Aardman Studios exhibition at Art Ludique at 34 Quai d’Austerlitz with Antonella and Josh. It’s something I had been wanting to do for a couple of months and it was definitely worth the visit. We got to see original sketches, character studies, storyboards, original props and sets and a whole load of models. So cool! In the evening Josh and I got a kind of disappointing dinner in a bistro in Saint Michel and then headed home.

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May was a great Month for things to do. It went very quickly, definitely because I was having fun all the time. I am planning to fill my remaining two months with lots of fun things. I really want to make the most of the rest of my time here.

I hope you all had a great month! I can’t believe that so many people have already finished or are finishing their year abroad soon. Something that we have been thinking about since Sixth Form is now coming to an end! It’s crazy.

Until next time,

H x

P.S. I finally bought myself a TEFL course! When it’s complete I will be one step closer to my dream of teaching ESL in South Korea. Eeep!

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