I’ve been here for a little over one month. The first two weeks were a whirlwind of experiencing the magic and charm of Paris. The third week was filled with travelling to small French towns and getting used to day to day life here. The past couple weeks, the charm started to wear off. They were stressful weeks because I had two tests and a paper due and I didn’t get a lot of time to explore or enjoy Paris. All I saw was a dirty, scary city. And then someone handed me a book that started putting the charm back in this magical city of lights. I was sitting in the beautiful Luxembourg gardens disappointed in myself. Before coming to Paris, I had vowed to stay off Netflix while I was here. But, I was so exhausted after studying all week that I broke and Netflix is all I wanted to do. But as I sat in this incredible garden, looking out at the Luxembourg palace, book open to a chapter about this very place, I started showing myself grace and the charm of the city started coming back. The wind blew my hair across my face and I closed my eyes, content and filled with joy. Paris was magical again and my rose-colored glasses were put back in place.
Here are 10 of my biggest accomplishments this month:
Now, I’m headed to Barcelona for the weekend with 5 of my favorite people in Paris with me. We leave at 3 am on Thursday morning and are staying on a yacht! Look for a post about Barcelona soon!