World Book Day

It’s World Book Day, so I’m going to celebrate by putting forth a list of five books I think are great reads. Enjoy!

1. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

I cannot over-recommend this book. Helen Fielding gives Bridget such a spectacular, unique voice. I don’t usually laugh out loud at books, but this is one of the few, true gems of comedic fare. Characters are all absolutely A+, all totally wacky and normal at the same time. Bridget herself is so dysfunctional in her musings, ramblings, worries and hopes that she ends up just being very, very real. Which is, after all, the books biggest asset.

2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This lady is absolutely excellent at creating a world where the familiar rules of society as we know it fade. In The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood shows the reader a glimpse into the life of a woman whose past we never truly know, living in a changed society that we don’t learn the secrets of, in a world where something has happened that is never revealed to its fullest extent. Thrilling, unsettling and thought provoking.

3. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

Honestly, anything by David Sedaris is lovely. And I’m not being facetious. He is always funny. Sometimes his essays are emotional, sometimes they are silly and sometimes they are very intelligent, but there is always the perfect amount of humor to tie the stories together. He is a genius, and I accept no other descriptor.

4. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Coolest, saddest book ever. Ishiguro works magic with his words. Stunning to the very end.

5. Candide by Voltaire

Great for some 18th century French fun. Plenty of versions in English so everybody can join in on the party. Fortunately -or rather, unfortunately – many of the satirized subjects are still around, so you’ll still understand each little zinger you laugh at.

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A walk about Pa…

A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.
Thomas Jefferson

Though I haven’t posted in a while, I’ll keep this one short.

I have not read a truer or more concise statement about Paris yet. Walking around Paris really does give this sentiment validation. There is history everywhere and of course unrivaled beauty pouring out of every building, metro stop and boulangerie, but the real things one learns from Paris are about life.

Do you agree? Are there any cities that speak to you, that you’ve learned from?

Good/Bad so far

Good things so far

I am in Paris and Paris is beautiful. Thus with transitive property, I am also beautiful ! (haha)

Bread. Bread everywhere.

This is hand in hand with all sort of viennoiseries* and cheeses. There are so many that it is literally overwhelming.

Cheese sold at our local market, Wednesdays and Saturdays
Cheese sold at our local market, Wednesdays and Saturdays

MARKETS. I can’t even begin to explain how 1) economic and 2) delicious the markets here are. Also 3) convenient. The markets here deserve a post or two (or perhaps a hundred).

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Adjustng!

Even though its only been just over a week, I feel like I’ve already been in Paris for a very long time. When I’m getting used to being in a new situation, time seems to go really slowly because of all the new sights, people and surroundings. However, my excitement in being in Paris definitely overwhelmed any amount of stress I  have been experiencing.

La Tour Eiffel
La Tour Eiffel

Tell me that isn’t worth a little bit of anxiety…

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Retrospective on a few days…

I am finally in France. Youpie!

After months of preparation, tears and frustration, I landed in Charles de Gaule, following a nightmare of a voyage. Generally, I am a good flier. I enjoy turbulence and I enjoy landing and taking off. I love the toilets because the plane is the one place in the entire world (apart from a McDonalds) where I do not suffer from P.A. I do not love the bad air, the hideous post-landing look or the food. But the thing I like the least, the thing that I hate with all the hate I can hold in my heart is my inability to sleep during a flight. The impossibility of it is astonishing.

Better sleeping conditions include: construction zones, soccer matches, the maternity ward and underwater.

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It’s Paris time….almost

As I take a quick walk around my Parisian neighborhood, I pass the boulangerie. I can almost taste the pastries, the perfected baked goods, the positively picturesque breads. But I can’t go in.

Yet again google maps has not given me what I’d been promised. Street view! Yes. Real-time view! No. I still have to wait a few more weeks until I can truly walk into the bakery after I step off the metro.

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The closest “paris related” photo I have in my current picture library. Not sorry.

My plane ticket mocks me. Pictures my friends post from abroad mock me. The posters on my room even mock me, and I thought they were on my side.

It hasn’t hit me yet that soon I will physically be in Paris again. The feeling of excitement and apprehension bubbles up from time to time, but it doesn’t seem real -not yet anyway. Soon I can see my friends again and even those from back home who are studying in various countries, and I can’t seem to wrap my mind around this. It’s almost a fairy tale. Bibbity-bobbity boo and I’ll be on my way to France. What!?

It’s also the second time I’ll celebrate a birthday in Paris, which reminds me of two things. I have visited Paris before (unimaginable!) and I’m getting old. Obviously I am not really getting old in the sense where my body is falling apart and I can’t remember where I put my keys (I do that without the help of old age, but that is another story). I am getting old in the sense that this is my twenty first birthday and I have been alive enough to be able to have this experience. I have actually lived about a fifth of the allotted time we are biologically given on this Earth. What!?

I’m getting a bit ahead of myself and for no real reason. Basically I am just super excited and I can’t process it without typing it inarticulately with streams of letters. So forgive me. I’ll be posting a link to my travel blog once it gets closer to the date, so keep in touch! So soon! I’m looking at the plane ticket again! Oops!!!!!!!

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Araz

Bucket List Item #24

I was just looking through my existing bucket list from about a year ago, and I saw

Finish an entire season of a completed show

Well, I can tell you that boy oh boy I have done this. And in spades.

Netflix makes this so super easy that I can’t even fathon how to explain it to you. Can’t even.

It Crowd? Boom. 3 days.

Supernatural? Labor of love, dozens of tears and a freakish amount of willpower: less than a year and a half.

Gossip Girl? Too many hours to count.

I have come to the realization that because I never really watched television shows before my freshman year, I routinely binge watch shows. This is bad and I do not encourage it unless it rains for a week straight and you are more invested in watching paint dry than do a thing.

Checking off this bucket list item benefited my life in no way whatsoever. It did however allow me to indulge in watching countless hours of tv, so I guess there’s that.

Hopefully on my next bucket list look through I’ll find something more enriching than finishing a television series.

Hope everyone had a happy New Year! I know I did! :)

A

Winter!

Now that there is a substantial amount of snow on the ground -not a dusting- it’s officially winter! While there are technically five more days, I count the first real snow as the entry into hibernation-quality lifestyle.

Now is the time for baking!

Now is the time for reading!

Tv, cookies, movies, crafting, drinking, eating, playing!

Winter, besides the bone chilling cold on those truly unbearable days, is really one of the most beautiful times during the year.

It’s a perfect time for self-reflection with the year coming to a close and the birth of a new year. Circle of life y’all.

Enjoy the holidays!

A