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So last week I had tonsillitis. I haven't been that ill for a very long time and I regretted so much that I took good health as a given. I could not swallow, so I couldn't eat. I was too tired to go out, too tired to take a shower. I was garbage. Therefore nothing fun happened last week and I did not update the blog.

Today I am fresh as a fruitcake, the weekend was amazing. I got a job, got to know more Paris-people, and french lessons are going smooth. We had a taco-night again which was perfect, however we are all kind of realizing we need to get better food-routines. There is a lot of badbad food going down at inappropriate hours and it needs to stop before it's too late ! Paris does it to us. During last week we also went to Montmartre to take a look at the view and have some hot chocolate and the famous éclair pastries. I didn't really like them though.. I prefer le foie gras, olives and fromage ! heehhe

I had my first trial-day at my job yesterday. And yes well, it is just a part time job as a nanny but it will give me that extra pocket money I would need for food and going out, so that I don't have to use my rent-money for anything else than just rent. I have it all figured out ! The boys I am watching are 2 adorable swedish/french boys of 5 and 2,5year old. I am sure we will get along and they can help to to practice my patience, I need that. After the shift I met up with Mickis and Kim and we went to get hot chocolate and watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night. It was beautiful as always but a little bit too cold to fully enjoy. We mostly wanted to go home and take a hot shower. Warmer nights are to come <3


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I have now spent almost 3 weeks here in this city, and even though I hear February is its worst month, I love it. So I just can't wait for it to get warmer. French classes are tough, but the teacher is AMAZING and I wish I had had him from the start at 6 years old. I am by far the best speaker in class, but my classmates are genius' when it comes to rules and grammar. I know none of that. It would just have been perfect if they started just an hour or two later, as I have to get up at 6 (!!!) to get there in time for class. But I finish early and have the whole day to do things. At the moment I am wandering around the city a lot with a nanny-friend and her kiddo little 1year old Eden and we often get the question who the mom is and if we are sisters.

I think I have a job on the way as well so I might babysit in the afternoons too, which is great. I could easily find a job in F&B but I don't really want to do that. If it were to gain more experience then sure. But I already know how to wait a table and serve drinks so I do not want to waste my Parisian nights and weekends working. No, I will find a job that allows me to fully enjoy these months.

The other night we went to the movies to watch The Boy. Was really freaky actually, it was about an old couple looking for a nanny for their 8 year old son, a porcelain doll. Worst part is that when I got home, of course the electricity in the hallway did not work and I had to walk up the 3 floors with my iPhone lamp. PLUS a baby in the building was crying which didn't exactly help. And of course my friends decided to prank me by calling me with a hidden number and play a recording of a freaky child. Well.. that's what friends do anyway.

Tomorrow it's Friday, finally ! And the only plans I have for now is movie-night with the girls tomorrow. Saturday we will see. Saturdays are and will always remain unplanned until last minute, Makes for the best memories.

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It has been a disappointing week. Not that Paris is disappointing me, in the contrary. But the cold got me and I really think that I have snorted and sneezed out half of my brain, my head hurt and it felt like minielephants where partying inside of it. Classes started ! Exactly what I need and the teacher is amazing. Very motivating lecturer that I wish I had had when I first started learning french back when I was 6. Classes start at 8, which mean that I get up at 6.00 !! in order to wake up, get ready and get there 10 min before class starts. But it's fine. After 10 I went back home and slept for 2 hours. But as soon as I can I will get a gym membership.

I met amazing people. Told you I would. We went to visit the Picasso museum today and last night we were hanging. Just drinking wine. But the bars close at 1!!? I mean what is this nonsense ? Tonight we are meeting again at Mickis' place before we head off to this place playing 80s music and hiphop. It's been a while since I went to a club. Hopefully it will be awesome.

We have already started planning ahead the weekends coming, and they include going to Normandie, Monet's garden, south of france and maybe Brussels. Of course there is always a lot of talk but it's not very usual to actually follow your plans.

I am going to try to get some sleep so that I don't pass out before the party starts tonight.

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I woke up yesterday and it was finally sunny ! My bed is really comfortable and when classes start I will have to wake up at 6, so I stayed in bed as long as I could before I started feeling too guilty. I decided I would enjoy the sun somewhere up high, so I smoked a joint. No I didn't I wen't up all the 234 steps of the Arc de Triomphe. It was really cold and windy but totally worth it. However my phone is STUPID so it just shut off at 20% again and without it I am lost in this city. So I went home to eat lunch and charge it. And then I had the best nap of my life. Back at school the naps I had were never as good as I always had studying to do so I was always worrying and feeling guilty about them. Yesterday was just GREAT I was so happy with my life.

I met some new people actually and we went out for wine in the evening. Felt great to meet new people in the same situation as me and tonight we are meeting up for a typical Swedish taco-night. But before that I am off for the inscription at school. After that I have a mystery interview. If it goes well I will write about it, if it doesn't I will write about that too.

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Finally installed in Paris, and I am already feeling fabulous even though the weather is 50 shades of grey. Grey but I love it. Yesterday was tough as I had to carry my luggage up all the stairs to the top floor to the flat, but I've been through worse. My room is FULL of stuff and I have no idea where to put the 2/3 of the rest of my things that my mum will bring me this weekend.. I will find a way but she will most probably have to bring a lot of things back with the car. I also noticed only today that there is no oven, so I can't bake ! I had looked forward to that but cooking is just fine. I'll become an artist/masterchef/actress/french genius after this.

French classes start next week and I had to go to the inscription desk today. However they only told me then that the total fee has to be paid first so I have to go back once it is paid, so, on thursday. Was a little bit of wasted time but as soon I got out, I took the subway and just got off at a random stop and strolled down the street. My mother always told me that's the best way to explore a city. So I will do what mama says. Of course my phone died before I had the chance to take any photos. I need to get a new one it's ridiculous. I charged it all night but it still dies as soon as it reaches 20%. Apple apple apple.. I bought some things for my little room though, decorated it with some photos taken of me, photos of me and photos that inspire me on the wall. Like a little stupid girl. At least it made it more personal.

I am thinking about how money affects us today. It is sad how it's DIFFICULT to have fun and enjoy life without money. I am a broke student, I always have to watch out with my spendings. But now I am seriously broke. I just paid my rent. Getting a cup of tea at a café felt like a waste of money. Call me spoiled, some people don't even have fresh water. But living in this world, having a cup of tea on my first day in a new city, should be enjoyable and feel well deserved. But I felt guilty. Motivated tough, I went home and started looking for jobs.

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I'm home ! On Friday I got my Swiss Higher Diploma in Swiss excellence of Hospitality Management and Design and am free like a bird for the coming 6 months before returning back to Swiss for my BA. The family drove down with the car from my hometown Brussels to witness the ceremony and attend the reception at school afterwards. Staffan was very impressed with the service and food and he is quite hard to impress.

We visited the french town of Annecy before going back to Belgium to have a look at what it could possibly offer my parents once they retire.. I guess that's something to start thinking about as well reaching a certain age.. Annecy was absolutely stunning, offering great fondue, beautiful walks and fresh air.

Right now I am trying to unpack and repack. I constantly live in my suitcases, a life that I love and don't want to quit. The train leaves at 14.13 and then it is time to get installed in the little flat in the 11th district in the City of Lights.

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Dreamt about puking my brains out last night. It looked like jam. It pretty much mirrors my feelings about this semester at school. Vivement la liberté !


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Only a few days left now until graduation. I will get my well deserved Higher Swiss Diploma and it is going to feel SO nice. It's going to be amazing to get away from here, but I must admit that Neuchatel is a very charming city and I will at some point miss it too. The lake, the calm. Paris will be different, but I love different and I love the big city life.

At the moment I also feel that I'm somehow "charging" my batteries. My hands are itching and I want to start painting again. I am going to learn to appreciate being by myself. I really believe I need that. My brain is filled with uselessness and I need to... ventilate.

On Sunday we actually went hiking ! Me ! I am proud over myself and my mates for being able to get out of bed early after a long night of celebration. We did not feel very well but the fresh air and exercising helped a lot. We wore those big snowshoes and walked through the snow for 5 hours in Europe's highest city, La Chaux- de-Fonds. Was wonderful and the weather was excellent.

Last night we had an amazing night celebrating the end of the year. We invited the other women in the house and enjoyed a huge fondue-meal together one last time before going away. A perfect ending.

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It's over now. All exams are done and presented and almost everything I've learnt has vanished from my memory already. But it doesn't matter. I'm in for a new treat ! Very soon I'll be starting a new chapter in my life and I wonder what it will be like. I love this feeling of not knowing. It's too exciting ! I am going to discover new things about myself, I will develop and I will meet fantastic people that I don't even know of yet. I can't wait to meet them !  

 I finished all classes 2 days ago. The last exam was in HR Management and was mostly about my own experiences and how I would handle different situations within an organization as an employer/manager. I don't know how it went, but after having spent 5 months on writing and preparing a 3500words long Feasibility study, my brain stopped functioning. But I celebrated well with my roomies, chocolate cake and wine.

Yesterday became one of those fat/lazy days where I just laid in my bed eating cake and watching Quentin Tarantino's masterwork. I used to work out a lot last spring but I quickly realized that I am not that kind of person to get up in the morning to run. 

Josefin said she would be done around 9, I will call her and see what she will be doing all day.


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Welcome to my new blog ! After some thought and a sudden urge to write I decided to get back on my blogging. Nostalgic emotions poured over me as I was sitting at the table with my lovely roomies realizing that we would get separated very soon. I will surely miss them as we all will be traveling to the world's different corners in the coming month. Can't wait for their stories on what Dubai, Thailand and North Carolina, USA are like.

As for me, I'm going to Paris.

It would be my pleasure to have you read my blog, follow me on my new adventure, join me in nostalgic moments of my past as a student of hospitality and hopefully inspire one or many to follow your dreams and have the courage to leave your comfort zones.

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