Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything. I would like to say that we’ve been busy doing all sorts of interesting things, but mostly we’ve just been trying to get over some particularly virulent colds. I’ve had mine for over three weeks and it’s knocked me out. So while life outside my door continues, mine has mostly consisted of drinking lots of emergen-C, sucking on cough lozenges (cost in Paris: €6.80 for 12!), and working my way through several boxes of kleenex. In between blowing my nose, I’ve been catering to my brainfog by spending too much time on Facebook and reading way too many articles on how to maintain one’s health. Apparently, a key factor in maintaining health is to not get sick in the first place. Well, if I’d only known – insert eye roll.
There were some bright spots in the midst of sniffling. Scotty returned on Thanksgiving day and it has been so good to have him back. We had a nice quiet Thanksgiving celebration and purchased a roast chicken dinner on the Rue Mouffetard where we also discovered a Mexican joint. Paris is undergoing a bit of a Mexican food boom and we’re working on sampling some of the more popular places. This place makes corn tortillas so I may end up just using them as a source if they will be willing to sell a dozen to me. I’m pretty sure that my Californian roots mean I’ll be able to make fillings more authentic than what we’ve tried so far. We had an additional Thanksgiving celebration the following Saturday at our church. The American Church in Paris puts on a huge Thanksgiving meal each year and we made sure to get our tickets early because it sells out quickly each year. We met some really interesting people and enjoyed an absolutely delicious traditional meal. We also volunteered for the clean-up crew as we’ve found it’s a great way to meet people. I had an intriguing conversation with a woman from China as we tackled the roasting tins with our scrubbers! Nothing like discussing China’s “one-child policy” while you’re rinsing cutlery for nearly 200 people.
Thankfully, there is always so much happening in this town that it’s easy to combat the cabin fever that results from being cooped up in a 25 sq. meter apartment! Outside our door there is always something going on. On my way home from class one day I saw that a movie was being filmed.
Very interesting, non? But not quite as interesting as the people walking by:
Seriously, this trio had nothing to do with the movie. They were just walking around Paris taking pictures. Anyway, while we were watching the filming an old French man came up and started chatting with us. Even though he was crazy, I liked him the second he told Scotty that he was a lucky man because I “didn’t have all the extra fat like most American women.” Ahhh, the words every girl wants to hear!
Another sight that brightened one of my walks home from class was pink mums in the Luxembourg Gardins!
And Paris is busy putting on it’s Christmas best. We have yet to venture out to the main “illuminations” as we’re waiting until our Christmas break but here’s a few that we’ve spotted.